On Memorial Day 2016, NYC will kick off the start to summer with tons of events. Memorial Day isn't just about day-drinking and savoring the long weekend—it's also about honoring the men and women who have died while serving in our armed forces. So before you chow down on the best BBQ in the city and line up for the best Memorial Day sample sales, remember the sacrifices made for the red, white and blue. It's no coincidence that Fleet Week overlaps with Memorial Day weekend so don't foget 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 30, 2016.
Where are the Memorial Day Parades in NYC?
The biggest Memorial Day parade starts at 1pm on Grand Ave. at 72nd St. in Queens on Sunday (yep - a day early). All other NYC parades are on Monday. The 149-year-old Brooklyn parade starts in Bay Ridge at 101 St. and 4th Ave. at 10am 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. Staten Isand's Memorial Day Parade starts on Forest Ave at 12pm. The Bronx's Memorial Day Parade is on City Island at 2:30 pm.
Memorial Day 2016 NYC events
Guide to the Memorial Day Parade in NYC
At the Memorial Day Parade, NYC celebrates one of the oldest Brooklyn traditions to honor our fallen troops
The 10 best Memorial Day movies
Feeling patriotic? Salute American sacrifice by watching the best Memorial Day movies honoring the military.
The best parks for Memorial Day
Find an outdoor plot that suits your holiday plans, whether they’re by the shore or above city streets
The 50 greatest war films
What better way to honor the sacrifice of Memorial Day than with a ranked list of cinematic greatness?
NYC's best rooftop bars
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend by taking in spectacular views with cocktails high above the city
The best New York beaches
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with our picks of the best beaches around the city
Weekend getaways and day trips
Escape the city at the drop of a sun hat with these weekend getaways and day trips