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May 17, 2019 | Concierge Recommendations

Top Memorial Day Weekend Events in NYC

New York is always a good idea, but New York over Memorial Day is a great one. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, May 27. If you’re planning to stop by The Manhattan Club over the weekend, check out these events.

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the people who have lost their lives in service of the country. One of the best ways to do it is going to a Memorial Day Parade. New York City has many options to choose from: the biggest parade is The Little Neck-Douglaston parade in Queens, but if you’re not up for the trek there, head instead to Riverside Park for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Day Observance from 10am‒12pm.

Fleet Week

Every year, members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps gather in New York. This year, Fleet Weeks runs from May 22 to May 27, 2019. During this time, you’ll have the chance to see and tour ships docked in New York Harbor. One of the most popular places to visit at this time is the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which hosts movie screenings, live performances, interactive exhibits and more.  

Shakespeare in the Park

Theater lovers will finally get their Shakespeare fix! Each year, Central Park joins Broadway in showcasing some of the best theatrical performances in the city. The 2019 season kicks off on May 21, 2019 with Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Tickets are free but require waiting on line at select distribution points on the day of performance. If you want to avoid waiting in line, try their lottery ticket options.

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Enjoy New York’s Parks

Since summer unofficially begins on Memorial Day, there’s no better time to spend the day strolling through New York’s most popular parks.

Central Park Memorial Walk Tour
Date: May 27, 2019, from 11am to 1pm
Location: Columbus Circle Information Kiosk at West 59th Street and Central Park West
What about starting the day with a guided tour around Central Park? On Memorial Day, join a Central Park Conservancy guide on a free tour of the memorials that have been built over the years to honor veterans.

Hamlet: Princess of Denmark at Bryant Park
Date: May 25, 209 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: The Lawn
See the iconic Shakespearian character brought to life by a woman in a play produced by The Drilling Company and directed by Karla Hendrick. This performance is part of the Picnic Performances at Bryant Park.

Larry Ham Piano Concert at Bryant Park
Date: May 27, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Upper Terrace
Pianist, composer and educator Larry Ham will delight New Yorkers with a jazz performance in the heart of Bryant Park. Sit back and enjoy an afternoon of live jazz in the sunshine.

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