NYC Memorial Day Events

Posted on May 17, 2017

Ideas and Ideals worth remembering

Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off to the start of the summer and time for families to be together.  Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was created to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebrations as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday held separately by the Union and Confederate states.

Hear the stories about the people who fought to create America during the American Revolution, and then hold the country together during the Civil War.  You may have tickets to Hamilton, but how well do you know him? Your DNY guide can show you Hamilton’s New York, which will provide a richer understanding of the man and his influence on today’s United States. Visit the Brooklyn Navy Yard and learn about the people that built the ships from 1801 until 1966.  Learn how New York City has created a modern industrial park for economic development through reuse and renewal.  Enjoy Fleet Week Celebrations by exploring any number of visiting ships in the harbor, including the USS Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum.

Art lovers can stroll through the annual Outdoor Memorial Day Weekend Art Show in Greenwich Village. Afterwards continue your art adventure by exploring the hot galleries in Chelsea. Spend the rest of your afternoon walking the High Line, or take a harbor cruise and enjoy the city from another perspective.

Fleet Week

A range of New York venues host the week-long itinerary of events for Fleet Week, including the New York Harbor, Pier 92 in Manhattan, USS The Sullivans Pier in Staten Island, Military Island (Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets), Eisenhower Park, the Flagship Brewery and the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Monument.

Memorial Day Parades in NYC

  • Queens:
    The biggest Memorial Day parade in the nation starts at 1:00 PM on Grand Ave. at 72nd St. in Maspeth, Queens.
  • Brooklyn:
    The 150-year-old Brooklyn parade starts in Bay Ridge at 78th St and Third Ave at 11:00 AM and ends at John Paul Jones Park for the memorial service.
  • Manhattan:
    Manhattan’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Day Observance takes place at Riverside Dr. and 89th Street at 10:00 AM.
  • Staten Island:
    Staten Island’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 12:00 PM on Forest Avenue between Hart Boulevard and Jewett Avenue.
  • The Bronx:
    The Bronx’s Memorial Day Parade on City Island kicks off at 2:00 PM on City Island Avenue between Winter Street and Cross Street.

Washington Square Spring Outdoor Art Exhibit
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29, 2017 and June 3 -4, 2017

Every year around Memorial Day, hundreds of artists from New York and around the world gravitate to Washington Square to exhibit their wares. A spread of jewelry, metal work, ceramics, graphics, oils and acrylics are laid out for art lovers to choose from. Tourists, collectors, students and teachers crowd this sidewalk show from University Place at 13th Street to West 3rd Street to immerse themselves in a day full of craft and color.

Waterfront Activities

  • Cruise the Harbor:
    See the skyline from the water with an hour long cruise to see the Statue of Liberty to 3.75-Hour cruises around Manhattan. For those who prefer more active sightseeing, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, sailboats and jet skis are also available.
  • Biking:
    Bike on your own or with a guide to enjoy the changes that have taken place to turn the waterfront around the City into a family destination.
  • Play Areas:
    Get fit with Zumba, yoga lessons or Tai Chi in one of the City’s parks. Unleash your inner child and cool off in the City Parks’ sprinklers!

Contact a Discover New York Destination Specialist to create the perfect Memorial Day Memory for you.

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