The unofficial kickoff to things to do in summer is, of course, Memorial Day. NYC is the perfect destination to celebrate the three-day weekend. However, let us remind you that the Monday holiday is not just another excuse day-drink. It's also about honoring the men and women who have died while serving in our armed forces. Before you chow down on the city’s best BBQ and get tipsy atop New York’s best rooftop bars with insane views, remember the sacrifices made for the red, white and blue. It's no coincidence that Fleet Week overlaps with Memorial Day weekend either, so don't forget to rub shoulders with our sailors at one of the many Memorial Day parades taking place in all five boroughs.
When is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is on the last Monday in May every year. This year it falls on Monday, May 28, 2018.
Where are the Memorial Day Parades in NYC?
The biggest Memorial Day parade kicks off at Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard in Queens on Monday, May 28 at 2pm, although festivities begin at 10am. The 151-year-old Brooklyn parade starts in Bay Ridge at 78th St and Third Ave at 11am and ends at John Paul Jones Park for the memorial service. Manhattan's Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Day Observance takes place at Riverside Dr. and 89th Street at 10am. There’s also Staten Island's Memorial Day Parade on Forest Ave and The Bronx's Memorial Day Parade on City Island.