The call for a long weekend has been answered with Memorial Day right around the corner. Wait no longer as you ask yourself “When is Memorial Day?” With winter overstaying its welcome like a bad Tinder date, summer is finally here with tons of things to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend New York-style. We’ve done all the work for you, bringing you plenty of events so that you can say “Bye Felicia” to your boss that Friday and hello to the three-day weekend with plenty of parades, parties, food and booze.
Be as Patriotic as Red, White and Blue
Memorial Day Parade
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade
Pay your respects to the fierce and the fallen by joining in a Memorial Day Parade. There are three parades throughout New York City, where you can join in honoring those that have served our country. Brooklyn has had a longstanding tradition hosting a parade, bringing you the Brooklyn’s 151st Memorial Day Parade. It begins at 78th St. and Third Ave in Bay Ridge. A bit further out in the burbs’ is the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade in Long Island.
Well, hello sailors! The ships are going to be sailing in and ship tours are going to be available throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Tours are led by none other than you’re good-looking men and women of the Navy. There’s also plenty of other ways to see them in action, which include demonstrations, live music and other displays. Take a visit and leave with a #SelfiewithaSailor.
Governors Island’s Family Fun Day Festival
Photo Credit: Governors Island
If you want some good old family fun, there’s going to be kid-friendly activities on Governors Island for MDW, such as storytelling, games and live music. If you’re kicking it kid-free, Governors Island still has plenty to do. The island is full of art installations, as well as a castle, ziplines, hammocks and more. Get your picnic on and get some well-deserved relaxation in the 172-acre oasis away from the city.
Food, Food and More Food at Outdoor Markets
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Academy of Music
Once Memorial Day weekend hits, it means outdoor food markets are open for business under the warm weather. Food markets have become a hit in NYC, with these three, to name just a few.
For foodies and food-lovers alike, Smorgasburg is a must-visit. Right in Williamsburg on Saturdays, the location is accessible by ferry or train. For a park-friendly environment away from the graveled area of Williamsburg’s market, Sunday markets take place at the scenic and green Prospect Park. There will be over 100 vendors, with some famous vendors like Ramen Burger and Bolivian Llama Party making a return. Whether you’re craving Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern or Italian (meatballs), you’ll find a place here to satisfy your cravings.
Queens Night Market
Queens is one of the most diverse places in America, bringing dozens of cultures into one melting pot. One of the places where you can taste all the flavors of the melting pot is Queens Night Market. Similar to the night markets of Hong Kong and Thailand, you can get a whole lot of little bits of everything. Each vendor aims to offer items that are $5 or less, with the variety of vendors being as diverse as the borough itself. This market is one of the few places that offer such exotic delicacies as roasted crickets and balut (a Filipino-unique delicacy that is essentially a chick in an egg). Of course, there’s also skewered meats, tacos and noodles if you’re not game for such exotic dishes. Since becoming so popular, make sure to register for a free ticket to get in.
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New York City also has a vibrant community for Africans, African-Americans and West Indians. Brooklyn is full of cultural pockets, where Flatbush has been practically coined as “Little Caribbean” and Crown Heights is home of the West Indian Parade during Labor Day. There is also an Ethiopian community in the Rockaways, and a large population from Ivory Coast, Senegal and other Northwestern African countries in the Bronx. BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) presents a festival that brings over 150 vendors from these communities to offer amazing food, cultural goods and entertainment.
Party in the Day with a BBQ...
If eating outdoors isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of places to get your grub on indoors. Here is the Memorial Day Weekend BBQ party in all of NYC.
House of Yes - Memorial Day BBQ Party
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House of Yes is home to a whole lot of debauchery, with parties that include leather, balloons, bubbles, burlesque dancers and other risque and fun themes. If you’re craving for some BBQ and don’t have a backyard or a grill, look no further. House of Yes offers plenty of good cookin’ (for carnivores and herbivores), along with live DJ set and drinks for Memorial Day. Costume is optional, so feel free to come in your cutest red, white and blue look.
No matter what you are trying to get into this Memorial Day Weekend we hope you have the best one possible, stay safe, and live it up!
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