Memorial Day 2021 is going to be a trifecta of celebration—memorializing the men and women who've died serving our country, welcoming the summer and celebrating a reopened New York City!
You can enjoy your three-day weekend by dusting off your grill or just lounging around watching the 50 best family movies, or you can get out and take advantage of all NYC has to offer this weekend, from a parade in Brooklyn to drink specials at great bars and more.
When is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is on the last Monday in May every year. This year it falls on Monday, May 31, 2021.
Where are the Memorial Day Parades in NYC?
The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade is at 11am on Monday, from 78th Street and Third Avenue, along Third Avenue. to Marine Avenue, up to Fourth Avenue and over to John Paul Jones Park on 101st Street and Fourth Avenue.
Things to do for Memorial Day in NYC
The best Memorial Day weekend events in NYC
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off for things to do in summer. It's the weekend that starts it all. And while this year is different, what with NYC beaches being closed among other changes, there are still some fun ways to chill out and enjoy your long weekend, from ordering some of NYC's best burgers to picnicking at some of the city's best kept secret spots. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Memorial Day in NYC
The 10 best lesser-known spots for a lovely NYC picnic
New Yorkers can’t wait to unfurl their blankets and (discreetly) drink outdoors with Memorial Day around the corner and picnic season about to kick into high gear. But as the state slowly lifts its stay-at-home orders, we’re all antsy to leave our shoebox-sized apartments while abiding by appropriate social distancing norms. Like us, you’ve probably seen on social media how crowds have swarmed Central Park, the Christopher Street Piers and even McCarren Park. To that, we say: thanks but no thanks. Luckily, the city is dotted with other lesser-known parks and hidden gems to picnic all summer long. Roosevelt Island View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pankaj Prasad (@nomadlife_33) on May 10, 2020 at 9:55pm PDT It’s easy to forget about Roosevelt Island, that funny little sliver of an island that sits in the middle of the East River between Manhattan and Queens. But don’t let that stop you from staking out a spot at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park (just take the F train or even better, hope on the tram for a bird’s eye view of the city skyline for the same price at the subway station). This park, which was designed by the late Louis Khan and opened in 2012, sits on a triangular-shaped lawn with trees framing views of the water and city that’s perfect for a lazy afternoon hang. Red Hook Waterfront View this post on Instagram A post shared by Larry Nicosia (@nyc_street_level) on May 5, 2020 at 1:13pm PDT
The best burgers in NYC still available for delivery
Recalling the simple joys of diner food has us salivating for the outside world. Burgers, perhaps the ultimate diner-like comfort food, have long-been a delivery favorite for New Yorkers. But, now, in these especially trying times where news about restaurants is changing daily, you might be down on your luck when it comes to finding that burger near you. Sadly, some favorites such as the burgers at J.G. Melon, Peter Luger Steakhouse, Au Cheval and Bar Sardine are temporarily closed and are spots we'd also normally recommend to help ease some of the pain coming out of the news. But, thankfully, we’ve put together a guide to the best burgers across the city that are still available to be enjoyed in your own home via delivery, and, in some cases, takeout. Minetta Tavern Yes, it’s really 33 bucks, and yes, it’s cheeseless. But it's still our favorite, what with nine succulent ounces of prime-grade, dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak and brisket from carne king Pat LaFrieda to distract you. If that’s not enough, the caramelized-to-a-melt onions and seeded Balthazar brioche should seal the deal. Delivery is available here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Minetta Tavern (@minettatavernny) on Apr 1, 2020 at 1:04pm PDT Shake Shack One of the city’s best fast casual restaurants has continued to stay open and innovate its options. In addition to their newly-launched steak frites, you can get DIY Shake Shack kits using meat from Time Out Market partn