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Must-See Events for Memorial Day in NYC

Must-See Events for Memorial Day in NYC Looking for things to do in NYC for Memorial Day? The city offers a wide array of choices for those who know where look. From festivals to concerts to military demonstrations, New York City is the ideal place to enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation, while you pay respect to those who have served the United States in times of war.

Fleet Week

Started in 1984 to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Fleet Week offers a close-up view of exciting military demonstrations, as well as public tours of visiting ships. Enjoy a parade of ships in the harbor, musical performances and a variety of Memorial Day competitions.


Across the five boroughs, the City honors America's fallen heroes with an assortment of parades, including the Brooklyn's 147th annual Memorial Day Parade, the Little Neck-Douglaston parade in Queens and more. For a full list of parade routes and starting times, visit the City's event calendar.

Street Fairs

New York City offers a host of street festivals that span the entire three-day Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday, you can join the Lexington Avenue Spring Festival, the Waverly Place Festival or the Annual Murray Hill Neighborhood Festival. On Sunday, you can choose between the Annual Liveable West Side Festival and the Annual Spring Jubilee on Lexington Avenue.


Each year, the New York Philharmonic delights audiences with a free Memorial Day Concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Walking Tour

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by taking a guided walking tour across the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Learn about its cultural and historical significance, as you admire the stunning New York City skyline, along with famous Manhattan landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Williamsburg Bridge and Statue of Liberty. Admission is $27 and includes food and beverages. Call 212-465-3331 to make a reservation.