Memorial Day Activities in NYC for 2017

Memorial Day Activities in NYC for 2017

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Today is Memorial Day, the U.S. federal holiday where we remember and honor those who have died while serving in our armed forces. If you’re in NYC for travel or are a local with the day off, here are some great Memorial Day-related activities that you can take part in:

Kings County Memorial Day Parade: Celebrating its 150th year, this famous parade will take place in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn starting at 11 am on Third Ave. & 78th St. The parade features floats, marching bands, bag pipe bands, veterans groups and present military members, sailors and marines from Fleet Week ships. The event also includes a memorial service to honor those who lost their lives while defending this country.

Spirit Cruises New York and New Jersey Fleet Week Cruises: Though Tuesday, May 30, you can book a Fleet Week Dining Cruise. In addition to the 2-3 hour cruise along the Hudson and East rivers, generous buffet, drinks, entertainment from a live DJ and the best views of NYC’s iconic skyline, guests will get to meet sailors, marines and coast guardsmen and experience the capabilities of today’s maritime services. To book your lunch or dinner cruise, click here.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: In honor of Fleet Week, the Intrepid has hosted several days of specials events, performances and activities on top of its continuing displays about the ship’s history as a formerly active vessel. All activities on the pier are free to the public including photo ops with special wax figures (sailor, astronaut, pilot or spy), a SeaPerch pool demonstration, a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 am and a bubble garden by the “Gazillion Bubble Show” from 2-6 pm. For more information about events and a schedule (subject to change) for the final day of the Fleet Week events, click here.

Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood Cemetery: This free concert—though reservations are recommended—takes place from 2:30-5:30 pm on Memorial Day. The ISO Symphonic Band plays works of composers and musicians who are laid to rest at Green-Wood. Local vendors will be selling food and drinks and there are special Memorial Day walking and trolley tours after the performance that feature memorials and monuments with veteran connections. (Click here for tickets to the tours.)

Green-Wood Cemetery (©Aaron Brashear)

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