Memorial Day weekend activities in NY

Being the unofficial start of the summer and since NYC is finally reopening here are some activities to enjoy the weekend.

1.Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade

Things to do Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade, 

Midtown West May 31 2021

Catholic war veterans lead Brooklyn service organizations in honor of fallen soldiers and their families in one of the oldest parades in Brooklyn—in fact, it’s now in its 154th year. Sponsored by the United Military Veterans of Kings County, the ceremony kicks off at 11am on Third Avenue and 78th Street in Bay Ridge, then proceeds along Fourth Avenue and ends with a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton. The NYPD and FDNY will also march, Brooklyn high-school bands will perform, and antique fire trucks and autos will be on display.

2.Spend the day at the beach!

After a shortened swimming season last year, beach fans will be excited to hit the surf again with all eight public NYC-run beaches opening on time this year on Memorial Day weekend! Pool lovers will have to wait a few weeks to go swimming, though, because the public swimming pools will open in mid- to late-June. Social distancing and health guidance rules will still be in place. Make sure to slather on the sunscreen before heading out and regularly throughout the day!

3.Host a cookout or have a picnic.

Family barbecues are a beloved activity over the long weekend—and are a great way to kickoff the summer cookout season! Heat up the grill and enjoy a cookout in your backyard, or find a picnic spot in a park where you can grill or bring your picnic favorites. Need some inspiration? Check out these healthy cookout recipes the whole family will love!

4.Go for a hike.

Relish the nice weather and long weekend by going out for a hike. Luckily, you don’t have to go too far for a great family hike: The metro area has an almost endless list of beautiful spots to check out. While you enjoy the solace of nature you can also honor Memorial Day by taking some time to be mindful and feel grateful for all the men and women who fought hard defending our country, allowing you the ability to enjoy time with family.

5.Go rowing for free!

Head up to Hunts Point Riverside Park in the Bronx for an afternoon of free rowing on Saturdays, starting May 29, between 1 and 6pm. Just register beforehand with alix@rockingtheboat.org.

6.Visit Governors Island

This 172 acre island is settled close to Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and can be visited by ferries. (Travel note: To allow for social distancing on the ferries, visitors must reserve tickets in advance). Governors island is beautiful to walk around and is always bustling with activity. There are parks, historic buildings, and arts and culture programs/mini galleries. Your little kids will love the Slide Hill and play areas and the whole family can chill in Hammock Grove. Photography lovers will drool over the gorgeous photo-op views of the Harbor, Lower Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty. Another way to honor Memorial Day during your travels is to visit Castle Williams on the island, a former Army fortification that’s now part of Governors Island National Monument.