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Memorial Day Weekend Ideas

Here are some ideas to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend this year, May 23 through to May 28.

Attend Memorial Day Parade in NYC on Monday, May 27. There are several venues in each borough, but the most iconic is in Bay Ridge in King's County (or simply Brooklyn). It starts at 11am at 78th St and Third Ave, marching up to Fourth Ave and ends at John Paul Jones Park on 101st for the memorial service. You can get there by Rockaway Ferry, (both from the Rockaways and from Manhattan), which stops at Sunset Park Terminal or by subway R train to 77ht St, Bay Ridge Ave or 86th St. For Ferry Schedule check out this page:

Come to Rockaway Beach and enjoy the openeing of the season. here, too, Memorial Day Parade will start at 11:00 am at Beach 129th Street at St. Francis Church. This is a traditional summer kick-off and families flock to the beach for picnicking, dining out, sightseeing, biking, water sports, and cruises. Check out our Activities page for ideas and what to do locally.

Stay at Inn Your Element Bed&Breakfast and enjoy our lovely guest rooms. Outfitted with generous size queen and king beds our rooms feature plush mattresses, fine linens, free wi-fi, flat panel TVs and panoramic windows and views. You can also enjoy the easy indoor-outdoor flow with the back yard offerring small group seating and views of the landscaped park. The legendary oxygen-rich Rockaway breeze is the best therapy for city dwellers. On Memorial Day Weekend you can also use an outdoor grill to make your own hot dogs, corn cobs and burghers. For rooms and rates check out our Rooms and Rates page:

Watch Memorial Day Movie Classics As our rooms are outfitted with flat screen TVs streaming Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime you can easily see the Top 24 Movie Classics for Memorial Day. See the list here: or take your loved ones to a movie theater nearby for new releases

Attend Memorial Day Beach Campfire at Jacob Riis Park Friday, May 24 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Join park staff for the traditional kickoff to the summer season: our annual Memorial Day beach campfire program! Enjoy stories, music, the sunset, the surf and the sand! Roast some marshmallows, and make 'smores! It's a great way to enjoy your park! Bring a blanket or beach chair. Program will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.

Enjoy a Wildflower Exploration at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Saturday, May 25 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Flowers are back! Park rangers will welcome them with a gentle walk through the park. They will identify native wildflowers, and greet them with verses of poetry and song that were inspired by them. Walk will end with a peek into the pollinator garden to learn a few tips on using flowers to protect the environment. All ages welcome. ♥ 1.5 miles

Sail with Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise Pier 7, Sheepshead Bay Sunday, May 26 (Rain Date: May 27) 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Join us for this popular 3-hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the Golden Sunshine boat, leaving from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. See nesting ospreys, peregrine falcons, shorebirds, egrets, ibis, and waterfowl and learn about the history, wildlife, and management issues of this 13,000-acre preserve. Cost: $65/person includes tour, wine & cheese, fruit, drink, snacks. For info and reservations, call (718) 474- 0896; E-mail: This is a partnership program with NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society. Leaders: Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe.

Watch the birds return! Attend Osprey Watch Guided Walk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Sunday, May 26 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Learn all about the amazing Osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail. Park Rangers will talk about their incredible migration and the inspiring story of how conservation efforts were able to bring this species back from the brink. 1.7 miles.