Memorial Day 2013 in New York City

Get the most out of Memorial Day 2013 with our handy guide to holiday events. We list the best spots to BBQ, sunbathe and commemorate war heroes; as well as easy weekend getaways.

What is Memorial Day? Well, it isn’t just about day-drinking and savoring extra time away from your desk—it honors the men and women who have died while serving in our armed forces. Pause during your BBQ to remember the sacrifices made for the red, white and blue, and check out one of the Memorial Day parades happening in each of the five boroughs. Memorial Day weekend also marks the unofficial start to summer in New York. Here are the best events, beaches, parks, memorials, concerts, vacation spots and other things to do throughout the three-day weekend.

Memorial Day 2013 events

Memorial Day in pictures

Photo of the day: Memorial Day Parade in 1895

Today's photo comes from the Brooklyn Historical Society archives.

Photos: Fleet Week kickoff

Expect to see plenty of men and women in uniform around the city for the next few days.

Photos: Luna Park opening weekend

We love the Cyclone as much as anyone, but it's nice to see a full-on amusement park back in Coney Island.

We were there: Jacob Riis Park on Memorial Day

Monday afternoon brought boys and girls, packed hip to hip, to the Rockaways, where a small spit of sand in Jacob Riis Park serves as the citywide gay beach.

Events calendar for New York City

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