It's finally summertime in the city. With most people taking Memorial Day off from work, New York City has plenty to offer for every kind of urbanite looking to celebrate the long weekend.
Go to a Parade
There are a number of Memorial Day parades throughout NYC, but the most traditional is the Kings County Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, marking its 149th year. Local service organizations march in the parade, which is followed by a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton. Local police and fireman are also expected to march, and area high school bands will perform.
The parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Monday at 78th St. and Third Ave. in Brooklyn. It will head up Fourth Ave. and end at John Paul Jones Park on 101st Street.
Check Out a Bevy of Fleet Week Events
The annual NYC tradition celebrates sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who flood into town. It's set to begin Saturday and runs through Tuesday. There are a lot of scheduled events throughout the week, many of which are free.
On Saturday, Military Day will be observed from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Battery Park in Manhattan. It'll feature military band performances and boot camp-style exercise sessions. Ships will also be open for public tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Manhattan at Pier 88, Pier 92 and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Brooklyn's Cruise Terminal and Staten Island's Homeport Pier will feature Saturday ship tours as well.
Go to the Beach
Summer temperatures are expected to come just in time for Memorial Day in NYC. TimeOut listed its favorite beaches ahead of the holiday, with Fort Tilden Beach in the Rockaways taking the top spot. And there's always the classic standby of Coney Island in Brooklyn.
Have Some Family Fun
Governors Island Family Fun Day is scheduled for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The island opens this weekend with the free slate of events featuring kid-appropriate performances and activities.
Watch "Top Gun" ... on an Aircraft Carrier
The Intrepid museum, a former aircraft carrier, screens movies on the flight deck of the massive ship. On Friday, the museum will kick off its summer movie series by showing the classic Tom Cruise pilot film "Top Gun." It's free and you can bring nonalcoholic drinks and food. The flight deck opens to visitors starting at 7 p.m. and space is limited.
Drink (Perhaps on a Rooftop)
Why not celebrate with a drink or two — maybe three, we're not judging. Eventbrite has an incredibly long list of events that are planned throughout the weekend, many of which are rooftop parties, day-drink events or special offers from clubs. Some of the more interesting events include Friday's midnight yacht cruise and Saturday's "Call a Cab" day party. And rooftop bars are so popular for the Memorial Day weekend that TimeOut went through the trouble of listing its top picks.