The Complete Guide to Memorial Day In New York 2022


Memorial Day is absolutely one of the best times to visit New York City. With inspiring parades commemorating one of the United States’ most important holidays, incredible springtime weather that makes exploring a breeze, and a city that doesn’t feel quite as packed, there are plenty of reasons to stop by NYC for Memorial Day.


And given the recent trends, you’ll be in good company! In just the U.S., nearly 37 million people traveled on Memorial Day weekend in 2021, an increase of 60% over 2020. It seems likely that we could see even more people moving around the country this year. So if you’re looking for Memorial Day events in NYC or how to spend your whole Memorial Day weekend in the Big Apple, read on!


Why do US cities honor Memorial Day?


Memorial Day is a federal holiday dedicated to honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. This day of observance is different from the two other days dedicated to those serving or having served in the U.S. Military, including Armed Forces Day for those currently serving and Veterans Day, for those who have served.


In addition to families and friends honoring their loved ones by visiting cemeteries, communities often come together to organize parades and events.


When is Memorial Day 2022?


Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday of May. In 2022, Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 30th.


Where is Memorial Day commemorated in NYC?


To honor Memorial Day in NYC, a particularly special event takes place each year at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Complex. This annual commemoration takes place on Pier 86 is and is free to the public. It includes the unfurling of a large American flag, the playing of taps, ceremonial wreath-laying, and a rifle salute. More details are to be announced. For now, save the location below and be sure to make it a part of your plans!




  • Location: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum West 46th Street at Pier 86 and 12th Avenue


Where is the Memorial Day parade in NYC?


One of the longest lasting Memorial Day parades in the country, Brooklyn’s 155th Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 30th, 2022 at 11:00am (and be sure to keep an eye on their website for the exact route). Veterans, NYPD, and NYFD personnel will march from 78th street and Third Avenue to 101st and Fourth Avenue in honor of the fallen soldiers and their family members. Post-parade, there is a 21 gun salute at Fort Hamilton led by the U.S Army. This year’s special guests include the New York Veteran Corps of Artillery and Hope for the Warriors.


Another iconic Memorial Day NYC parade is one of the city’s largest: the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. In regular occurrence since 1927, their memorial is a “a quintessentially American home town tradition, organized by ordinary folk from many walks of life: local business-people; working or stay-home moms and dads; retirees and the young.” It takes place in Queens, NY.


My tip: This is my complete guide to parades in NYC


The 13 Best Things to Do on Memorial Day in NYC


Looking for the best events and things to do during Memorial Day Weekend in New York? We’ve got you covered!








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    Brooklyn’s Memorial Day Parade


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    One of the longest lasting Memorial Day parades in the country, Brooklyn’s 155th Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 30th, 2022 at 11:00am (and be sure to keep an eye on their website for the exact route). Veterans, NYPD, and NYFD personnel will march from 78th street and Third Avenue to 101st and Fourth Avenue in honor of the fallen soldiers and their family members. Post-parade, there is a 21 gun salute at Fort Hamilton led by the U.S Army. 










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    Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade


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    The parades take place – on the last Monday in May – in all five boroughs, with the Little Neck Douglaston Parade in Queens not only being the largest in New York, but also the largest nationwide. Little Neck is the start and Douglaston the finish of the parade. In Manhattan there is surprisingly only a small Memorial Day Parade. It starts at Dyckman Street and Broadway in Inwood, the most northern district of Manhattan.










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    Fleet Week


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    Though it’s only officially been a celebration since 1982, Fleet Week has been a beloved spring activity in New York for many years before that. The week is hosted by the United States Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard each year and features active military ships that are deployed in overseas missions to dock in a variety of big cities for one week. 


    After the ship is docked, the crew enters the city and visits tourist attractions. At scheduled times, the public can enjoy a guided tour of the ship, and demonstrations by the Blue Angels usually accompany this event. 










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    Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum


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    The Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum is the only floating museum in NYC. You will find a wide array of historically significant military and maritime vehicles as well as a collection of museum ships on this aircraft carrier which is docked on the Hudson River. This is great for kids and adults alike as it discusses and shows a wide variety of artifacts regarding the US military and maritime history.










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    Enjoy Central Park


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    Weather dependent, Central Park is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon at. You have many options at your fingertips such as walking, biking, carriage rides, renting a rowboat, and there are even restaurants in Central Park. Memorial Day will clear out the locals, so the park will even be a little less crowded believe it or not!










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