Memorial Day weekend is often regarded as the kickoff to summer. But more importantly, it is the day to honor citizens who've served the United States in times of war. We’ve included here a roundup of parades/events around the city. Please be reminded that Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) is a federal holiday—all schools, banks, post offices are closed. But the Metropolitan Museum of Art WILL be open, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is hosting a weekend-long series of events to commemorate the sacrifices of our veterans, and the New York Philharmonic will perform their special annual concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (stjohndivine.org).
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
5/24 - The Intrepid Summer Movie Series kicks off its series of free public film screenings on the flight deck with a screening of the classic film Top Gun. (THE TOP GUN SCREENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE TBD.)
5/25 - Enjoy performances by The Manhattan Dolls, Sony Music Nashville recording artist Angie Johnson (featured on NBC's "The Voice"), Trailer Radio and the USO Show Troupe. Demonstrations, activities and various interactive displays from Intrepid Education, Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper, Dina Parise Racing, U.S. Coast Guard, Operation Goody Bag, NY Water Taxi, American Red Cross and CrossFit NYC will take place on the pier, 10am-5pm.
5/26 - Enjoy performances by Sony Music Nashville recording artist Angie Johnson (featured on NBC's "The Voice"), the USO Show Troupe and The Callbacks. Demonstrations, activities and various interactive displays from Intrepid Education, Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper, Dina Parise Racing, U.S. Coast Guard, Operation Goody Bag, NY Water Taxi, American Red Cross and CrossFit NYC will take place on the pier, 10am-5pm.
5/27 - Honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces by attending the annual Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at 11am. Demonstrations, activities and various interactive displays from Intrepid Education, Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper, U.S. Coast Guard, Operation Goody Bag, NY Water Taxi, American Red Cross and CrossFit NYC will continue throughout the day on the pier, 11am-5pm.
5/28 - Award-winning WNBC news anchor David Ushery will lead a discussion between Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown, USS Mason crewmember Lorenzo DuFau and Pearl Harbor survivor Clark Simmons, who bravely served in our nation's segregated armed forces, about their experiences as African Americans serving overseas in WWII, 6pm-7:30pm. RSVP required. Free to the public.
5/25 - Sunnyside Memorial Day Fair: 48-21 39th Avenue, noon-5pm; sunnysidegardenspark.org/events?eventId=665501&EventViewMode=EventDetails
5/26 - College Point Parade: 28th Ave. and College Point Boulevard. 2pm.
Forest Hills Parade: Starts at Ascan Ave., runs along Metropolitan Ave. Noon.
Maspeth United Veterans and Fraternal Organization of Maspeth: Grand Ave. and 72nd Street. 1pm.
5/27 - The Little Neck–Douglaston Parade: According to the NYC Tourism site, it is the largest. This year’s parade is dedicated to those who served in the Vietnam War (50th anniversary). The day begins with interfaith service at Community Church of Little Neck, 243-01 Northern Boulevard (10am) followed by a wreath-laying service, Alameda & Northern Boulevard, 11am. The parade marches from Northern Boulevard & Jayson Ave. at 2pm. memorialdayparade.org
Howard Beach: Old Howard Beach, beginning at Coleman Square. 11am.
Laurelton’s 24th Annual Memorial Day Parade: Francis Lewis and Merrick Blvds in Laurelton, Queens. 9am.
Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Greater Ridgewood and Glendale Parade: Myrtle Ave and 70th St, in Glendale. 11am.
89th Annual Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association's Memorial Day Parade: 149th St and 15th Dr in Queens. VFW Post 4787. Noon.
Woodside Memorial Parade: 58th Street and Woodside Avenue, St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church, 11am.
5/27- 15th Annual Historic Green-Wood Cemetery Memorial Day Concert: The ISO Symphonic Band performs. Afterwards, join historian Jeff Richmond on a trolley mini tour highlighting military points of interest. 2:30pm. Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Sunset Park. green-wood.com
146th Annual Brooklyn's Memorial Day Parade, United Military Veterans of Kings County: It is one of the oldest memorial day parades in the nation. It begins at 87th Street and Third Ave., goes to Marine Ave. then up to Fourth Ave. and over to John Paul Jones Park, for a memorial service that includes a wreath laying, flag raising, playing of Taps and a 21 gun-salute by soldiers from the US Army Fort Hamilton Garrison. 11am. brooklynmemorialdayparade.com
Brooklyn Children’s Museum will be open and will have a special workshop for children five and under, to make a medal to say thank you to community heroes. 11:30am, 2:30pm. 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, brooklynkids.org
5/27 - Inwood Memorial Day Parade, Dyckman Street and Broadway. Noon.
Memorial Day Concert, New York Philharmonic, Cathedral Church of St. John The Divine: Alan Gilbert conducts Bruckner's cathedral-friendly Symphony No. 3 in D Minor at this popular annual event. 1047 Amsterdam Ave. Free tickets distributed day of show. Performance, 8pm. stjohndivine.org
The Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial Monument is located in Riverside Park in Manhattan, and is the final resting spot of the Commanding General of the Union Army and 18th President of the United States.