Celebrate Memorial Day all weekend long in New York City! Watch everyone’s favorite fighter pilot film on a flight deck, take a tour through Central Park or salute the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country at one of the oldest memorial parades in the country. By Carly Petrone.

Intrepid Summer Movie Series “Kick-Off Event”

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86 at 12th Ave. & 46th St.
New York, NY
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Friday, 5/27

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Fleet Week, the traditional kick off to Memorial Day weekend and summer in New York City, is back. To celebrate, the Intrepid Museum is screening Top Gun on Friday night on the flight deck. Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30 pm and film begins at sunset.

Family Festival at The Cloisters

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave. @ 82nd St.
New York, NY 10028
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Saturday, 5/28

Learn about Heroes and Heroines during the Family Festival at The Cloisters inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art over the holiday weekend. During the Gallery Workshop for Families, everyone can learn about brave knights such as Guillaume d’Orange and Jean d’Alluye, wise King Arthur, and clever heroines like Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Look at tapestries, paintings, architecture, and other artworks in The Cloisters’ collection. After each tour (see schedule at link above), children can make and decorate a craft to take home. This workshop goes from 12pm-2pm on Saturday (5/28) and is free with Museum admission.

The Spirit of Remembrance

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Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Sunday, 5/29

Distinguished Concerts International New York Presents: The Spirit of Remembrance at Lincoln Center. Composer/Conductor Mark Hayes will premiere The American Spirit while the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony will play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Concert starts at 2 pm on Sunday, May 29th. Tickets are on sale now for $20-$100.

Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade

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Third Avenue at 89th St.
Brooklyn, NY

Monday, 5/30

Monday marks the 144th Kings County Memorial Day Parade, the oldest continuously run Memorial Day parade in the nation. Due to lack of funding and budget cuts this year’s parade was almost cancelled. With the help of the media, the public and elected officials, donations came pouring in. This year’s Grand Marshal is Larry Morrish, a Bay Ridge community activist and leader who has supported veterans and active-duty soldiers and sailors for many years. Deputy Grand Marshals include retired New York Guard Major General Herbert Ryan, and his sons Lieutenant Col. Stephen Ryan and Major David Ryan. Please come show your support for those who have fought for our country and those that continue to fight. Parade kicks off at 11 am, but we suggest setting up your blankets and chairs by 9:30 am

New York Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert

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Cathedral Church of St. John
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY

Monday, 5/30

Conductor Alan Gilbert leads this free concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Memorial Day (Monday). If it’s nice out, music will be piped out onto the Cathedral’s Pulpit Green. Program to include Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica. Tickets will be distributed at St. John the Divine on the day of the concert and event begins at 8 pm.

Memorial Walk Tour

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Columbus Circle
59th St. & CPW
New York, NY

Monday, 5/30

Combine a walk through Central Park with a look at how different generations of New Yorkers viewed the Park as a place to remember veterans. The tour will last about two hours and cover 2 miles so put on your walking shoes and get ready to learn and listen. Meet behind the Maine Monument (Merchant’s Gate at Columbus Circle) on Monday, May 30th at 11 am. Tour is free and ends at Grand Army Plaza.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer and make-up artist living in New York City.