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LongIsland.com's 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Guide: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes & Celebrating with Parades, BBQs, Fairs and More!

Find the best Memorial Day Weekend fun happening here on Long Island with our informative guide!

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Commemorate America’s fallen heroes at a Memorial Day celebration on Long Island!

Photo by: Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr with no changes made. (CC BY 2.0)

Sometimes referred to as the “unofficial start to summer,” Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner and packed with things to do! From the much anticipated Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other high flyers, to the various parades and festivals taking place all across the Island, to bustling weekend farmers’ markets filled with fresh local produce and artisan foods, there is no lack of places to go, things to see and activities to participate in. 
 
Take a look below to see what’s going on all weekend long on Long Island for Memorial Day 2017!
 
Parades, Fairs & Air Shows
 
Legends of Airpower Weekend at the American Airpower Museum
1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Friday, May 26th - Monday, May 29th 
917-741-6031
$17 Per Adult; $12 Per Vet/Senior; $6 Per Child (5-12)
Learn about Long Island's rich aviation history at this weekend long event celebrating the 75th anniversary of historic WWII events.
 
2017 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, May 27th - Sunday, May 28th from 12 Pm - 5 PM
516-221-1000
$10 Parking Fee
Watch as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds,  Screamin Sasquatch, Golden Knights and others take to the skies for this annual air show!
 
Decoration Day 2017 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Saturday, May 27th - Sunday, May 28th from 10 AM - 4 PM
516-572-8401
$12 Per Adult; $8 Per Seniors, Volunteer Firefighter, Persons with Disabilities and Children Ages 5-12; Free for Active Military & Children Age 4 & Under
Remember those we've lost with a ceremony, parade, brass band performance and more.
 
New Hyde Park's 2017 Memorial Day Observance Parade & Ceremony
New Hyde Memorial Park, Lincoln Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Saturday, May 27th at 10 AM
516-354-0022
Free Event
Watch the parade as it moves along Jericho Turnpike to Village Hall to Memorial Park in observance of Memorial Day.
 
Hempstead's 132nd Annual Memorial Day Parade
Greenwich Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
Sunday, May 28th from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
516-478-6286
Free Event
Join veterans, police officers, firefighters and the general public at this parade that ends at Greenfield Cemetery where wreaths will be placed.
 
Valley Stream's 2017 Memorial Day Parade
Beginning on Rockaway Parkway, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Monday, May 29th from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
516-825-4200
Free Event
Watch as the Valley Stream Memorial Day parade goes from Rockaway Parkway, north of Wheeler Avenue, to the Valley Stream library.
 
Bay Shore's 2017 Memorial Day Parade
Lanier Lane & Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Monday, May 29th at 10 AM
631-665-7003
Free Event
Take part in this morning parade taking place on Memorial Day on the south shore.
 
2017 Memorial Day Parade & Open House at Raynham Hall Museum
20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Monday, May 29th from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
516-922-6808
Free Event
Watch the parade and enjoy ice cream, popcorn, lemonade, music and old fashioned games afterwards.
 
Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at The NYCB Theatre Parking Lot
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Saturday, May 27th - Sunday, May 28th from 8 AM - 4 PM
516-669-7541
Free Event
Browse and buy some bargains on clothing, cosmetics, antiques, toys and more at this weekend market!
 
Southampton Antique Fair at Rogers Mansion
17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
Saturday, May 27th from 9 AM - 4 PM
631-283-2494
Free Event
Take a look through vintage clothing, ceramics, furniture, jewelry and more for sale at this antique fair.
 
Ronkonkoma's "Honoring Our Heroes" Street Fair
Hawkins Avenue (between Portion Road & Wittridge Road) Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Sunday, May 28th from 11 AM - 6 PM
631-963-2796
Free Event
Part of the proceeds from this street fair will be donated to local veterans' organizations.
 
East End Arts Street Painting Festival at Downtown Riverhead
East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Sunday, May 28th from 12 PM - 5 PM
631-727-0900
Free Event
Partake in this celebration of the arts with live music, drumming, street painting, dancing and more!
 
Farmers’ Markets
 
2017 Farmers' Market at LI Welcome Center
Rest Area at Dix Hills (Between Exit 51 & 52) Eastbound on LIE, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Friday, May 26th - Sunday, May 28th 
516-543-6033
Free Event
Check out the food and fares of local Long Island producers at this rotating farmers' market.
 
Havens Farmers' Market 2017 at Havens House Museum
16 S. Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Saturday, May 27th from 9 AM - 12:30 PM
Free Event
Support local farmers, crafters, and other vendors at this farmers' market held rain or shine!
 
Long Beach Farmers' Market 2017 at Kennedy Plaza
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturday, May 27th from 9 AM - 2 PM
516-543-6033
Free Event
Pick up certified organic produce, fresh fruit, pasta, pickles, gluten free breads and more at this farmers' market.
 
Broadway Mall Craft & Farmers Market
358 N Broadway Mall, Hicksville, NY 11801
Saturday, May 27th from 11 AM - 5 PM
631-667-3976
Free Event
Don't miss out on this weekly craft fair and farmers' market held indoors at the Broadway Mall!
 
More MDW Fun
 
Emerald City Antiques & Collectibles Market
5801 Sunrise Hwy, Holbrook, NY 11741
Friday, May 26th - Monday, May 29th from 10 AM - 8 PM
631-289-5914
Free Event
Browse antiques, collectibles, sports memorabilia, action figures and more at this nostalgia filled market!
 
9th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Show on the Green
745 Montauk Highway, NY 11954
Friday, May 26th - Sunday, May 28th from 10 AM - 6 PM
631-668-5336
Free Event
Enjoy a weekend of exploring original, handmade art ranging from sculpture to jewelry, to paintings and everything inbetween.
 
38th Annual L.I. Buick Club-All Buick Car Show
Wantagh Train Station Parking Lot, 3333 Sunrise Highway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Sunday, May 28th from 9 AM - 4 PM
631-567-4112
Free Event for Spectators
View Buicks of all model types and years at this Buick-specific car show taking place in the Wantagh Train Station Parking Lot.