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The best Memorial Day weekend events in NYC

Enjoy three days of work-free bliss with our list of epic Memorial Day events in NYC from parties to parades

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The unofficial kick-off for things to do in summer starts with these amazing Memorial Day weekend events. NYC throws numerous proper commemorations for our troops on the actual holiday, but the rooftop parties and day trips to NYC beaches begin Saturday, March 25! Before you decide to sneak out of town and take us up on our suggestions for epic weekend getaways, consider sticking around for all the great Fleet Week events, parades, BBQs and parties. You could even plan a day trip to some nearby New York attractions like Coney Island of Governors Island.

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Memorial Day weekend events

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Fleet Week 2010, lead image
Things to do, Festivals

Fleet Week

Ahoy, sailors! Fleet Week NYC is a seven-day celebration in New York City, which honors the members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. Every year, the weeklong party kicks off with the Parade of Ships—a flotilla of visiting vessels and tall ships that cruise along the Hudson river—and continues with military demonstrations, a Memorial Day ceremony and more outstanding things to do around some great New York City attractions.

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Things to do, Film events

Randall's Island Outdoor Movie Nights

icon-location-pin Randalls Island Park, Randall's Island
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Randall's Island Park returns with its annual free film series, presenting family friendly hits against a stunning city backdrop. Kick off Memorial Day weekend with a showing of Incredibles 2. Show up early for free games and crafts—and to grab some free popcorn while it lasts!

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The 9/11 Memorial
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Things to do

9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is a testament not only to the inner strength of New Yorkers but also to the idea that a great city that can still stand strong. It's a tough institution to visit, hardly what one could call fun, but with the right kind of eyes, it's a truly beautiful and moving tribute to the events that took place, especially during Memorial Day weekend.

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