Memorial Day Weekend on Long Island

Memorial Day is both a time of new beginnings and a time of remembrance.

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Memorial Day is both a time of new beginnings and a time of remembrance. We celebrate the unofficial start of summer with fairs, shows, concerts, festivals, boating and backyard barbeques. But Memorial Day is first of all a day to remember—to honor the soldiers who died, making it possible for us to enjoy all these things. This year’s guide is filled parades, memorial tributes and commemoration ceremonies around the Island to honor the fallen heroes of America’s wars, along with relaxing, fun-filled activities to welcome the summer season.  So remember to remember our heroes—and enjoy—this Memorial Day weekend!

2013 Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks
North Hempstead Beach Park
West Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
Saturday May 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Parking: $5

The town of North Hempstead presents its annual Memorial Day Weekend tribute to those who died serving our country. Live concert features classic rock tribute band, Minute by Minute and high energy band, Mack and Soul. The festivities will culminate with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza launched from barges in the harbor at dusk.

No registration required.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Islandia Veterans Memorial Triangle
Islandia, NY 11749
Saturday May 25, 2013 at 10 AM

Honor our heroes at a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial Triangle, located at the intersection of Old Nichols Road and Johnson Avenue.

Wantagh Memorial Day Parade
Wantagh, NY 11793
Monday May 27, 2013 at 10 AM

Assemble at 9:30 a.m. on Beltagh Avenue by the Wantagh Middle school. Parade will proceed south on Wantagh Avenue, turn east on Park Avenue and end at the American Legion Post located at 3484 Park Ave. Ceremony with presentation of remembrance immediately follows the parade.

Merrick Memorial Day Parade
Merrick, NY 11566
Monday May 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Parade starts on Veterans Plaza, between Merrick and Brooklyn Avenues and will proceed North on Merrick Avenue to Veterans Monument at Lee Avenue.

Long Beach Memorial Day Parade
Long Beach, NY
Monday May 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Parade starts at Ohio Avenue and Beach Street, ends at Kennedy Plaza in front of Long Beach City Hall.

United Veterans Organization Memorial Day Remembrance Service
Eisenhower Park
Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Ave, East Meadow, NY 11554
Sunday May 26, 2013 at 10 AM


Parade beings at 10:30 a.m. and includes the U.S Marine Corps Color Guard, the Nassau County Police Pipe Band and various veterans organizations.

Hicksville Memorial Day Parade
Sears Parking Lot to Hicksville Middle School
Broadway and Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville, NY 11801
Monday May 27, 2013 at 9 AM

Parade assembly begins at 8:00am at Sears on North Broadway with step off at 9:00am. Parade ends at Hicksville Middle School - Jerusalem Ave/4th Street. Sponsored by United Veterans of Hicksville.

Kings Park Memorial Day Parade
Kings Park, NY 11754
Monday May 27, 2013 at 9 AM

Parade begins at RJO School, Old Dock Road and Church Street, travels east on Main Street to Veterans Plaza at corner of Church Street and Route 25A. Flag ceremony follows parade. Sponsored by American Legion Post 944 of Kings Park.

Smithtown Memorial Day Parade
Smithtown, NY 11787
Monday May 27, 2013 at 12PM

Parade begins at Singer Lane, west on Main Street to town hall, sponsored by Knights of Columbus. A ceremony follows the parade.

Central Islip Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Central Islip, NY 11722
Monday May 27, 2013 at 10 AM

Parade starts at Moloney Funeral Home, Irving Street and Carleton Avenue and travels to Alfano School, 50 Wheeler Rd. for ceremonies.

East Islip Memorial Day Parade
East Islip, NY 11730
Monday May 27, 2013 at 10 AM

Parade begins at Main Street and Greenwood, proceeds west on Main Street to Town Hall, sponsored by AMVETS Post 18, assemble at 9 a.m.

Medford Memorial Day Parade
Medford, NY 11763
Monday May 27, 2013 at 11 AM

Parade begins at school on Tremont Avenue, north on Route 112 to Medford Memorial Park, sponsored by VFW Post 2937.

Parade of American Flags
Heritage Trust Center
633 Mt. Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai, NY
Monday May 27, 2013 from 9 AM – 4 PM

The Avenue of America Committee of the Heritage Trust organized the creation of the Parade of American Flags, a patriotic, symbolic and educational feature that is now part of Heritage Park. Flags of Suffolk County and its ten towns represent our nation’s colonial period. Fifty state, five territory, Washington D.C. and thirty-three Old Glory flags represent the various parts of our nation. The exhibit of the Parade of American Flags can be viewed on Memorial Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Ronkonkoma Memorial Day Parade
American Legion Post 155 – Lake Ronkonkoma
115 Church Street, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Monday May 27, 2013 at 10 AM

Parade begins at the American Legion Post 155 on Church Street, west to Hawkins Avenue, north to Portion Road, west to Ronkonkoma Avenue, south to Raynor Beach County Park for a service.

Southampton Memorial Day Parade and Service
Southampton, NY
631-283-0247 ext. 222
Monday May 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Parade begins at First Presbyterian Church, 2 S. Main St. down Jobs Lane to Agawam Park, Pond Lane for service at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Chuck Scarborough, presented by Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events.

Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park
1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday May 25 & Sunday, May 26 10 AM  – 3PM
Admission: The Air Show is free to the public, but the standard $10.00 vehicle use fee will be collected each day upon entry to the State Park.

The 2013 Bethpage Air Show celebrates its 10th Anniversary at Jones Beach State Park with an all star line up of civilian performers and the Royal Canadian CF-18. Military performers confirmed to date include: Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, The United States Navy F18 Super Hornet, 106th New York Air National Guard Rescue Demo Wing HC-130/HH-60 and more.

Civilian performers confirmed to date include: American Airpower Museum Warbirds; GEICO Skytypers; Sean D. Tucker – Team Oracle; Lt. Col. John Klatt – National Guard Reserve; World Renowned Sports Aviator Mike Goulian; Matt Chapman; David Windmiller; Ed Hamill, who will fly the Bethpage Bi-Plane; Rob Holland Ultimate Air Shows, The Raiders Demonstration Team, Kirby Chambliss of Team Chambliss, The Red Bull Air Force Skydiver Parachute Team; Misty Blues All-Woman Skydiving Team; Chuck Aaron of the Red Bull Helicopter Aerobatics; Miss GEICO Speedboat and more!

Children and adults alike will enjoy the static displays and various family-oriented activities. Arrive early to secure the best viewing. Visit the Jones Beach Air Show website for more information.

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - Open to the Public 10AM – 5 PM

Paint-Out at the Gardens 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - “Meet the Artists Reception” sponsored by the Art League of Nassau County with a silent auction of paintings created that day (Reception and Silent Auction 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Yoga in the Gardens 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.– Join professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry through a series of postures and conscious breathing. Participants must bring a yoga mat, yoga strap and towel. $15.00 per session; $5.00 members (weather permitting, includes Gardens admission) every Thursday and Saturday.

Talk & Tours: Colors of Spring 2:00 p.m. -  stroll through the Cottage Garden and the Rose Garden with a garden docent and enjoy the beauty of spring. Free with admission.

Long Island Mozart Festival 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – In collaboration with Chamber Players International, this event returns for a sixth season. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a concert featuring Mozart Sonatas and Piano Trios and Svetlana Smolina, pianist. All activities are included in admission.

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY

Sunday May 26, 2013 - Open to the Public 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Long Island Mozart Festival 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – In collaboration with Chamber Players International, this event returns for a fifth season. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a concert featuring Mozart Piano Concerto in A major, Olga Vinokur piano soloist and World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra of the U.N. Rain date May 27.

$10.00 - General Admission for House & Gardens
$ 8.00 - Over 62
$ 5.00 - Children 7-17
Free - Children 6 and under
Free – Members

Visit the Old Westbury Gardens Website for more details.

Bellmore Spring Festival
Sunrise Highway, Bellmore, NY 11710
Saturday - Monday, May 25-27

Come browse and shop from a variety of vendors, food and more at the Bellmore Spring Festival.

Seussical at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 3 PM & 7 PM
Admission: $15 - $25

The Cat in the Hat will host and emcee this musical journey through the best-loved Seuss stories!

Seussical is written by Broadway veterans Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island, the film Anastasia). This Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center performance is recommended for audiences age 4 and up.

Kites for a Cure at Coopers Beach
268 Meadow Lane, Southampton , NY 11968
Saturday, May 25, 2013 -  4 PM – 6 PM
Price: $30

Join hundreds of families in the 7th Annual Kites for a Cure, a family kite fly to benefit lung cancer research, hosted by Uniting Against Lung Cancer. Rain date: May 26. Click here to register.

100th Anniversary Car Show Benefit
Amagansett Fire Department
439 Main Street, Amagansett, NY

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 9 AM  – 3 PM
Show Car With Passenger $20.00, Additional Passenger $5.00 Per. Walk-In $5.00, Children Under 12 Free

Join the fun on firehouse grounds. Enjoy live music and children’s activities. Pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Merchandise vendors wanted. Twenty trophies will be awarded!

Arts in the Plaza
Kennedy Plaza
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 10 AM – 4 PM


Stroll through an arts and music marketplace featuring handcrafted arts and crafts and live music. Fun for the whole family! (Arts in the Plaza is located in front of Long Beach City Hall off Park Avenue, between National Blvd. and the train station.

Amazing Amphibians at Jungle Bob's Reptile World
2536 Middle Country Road, Centereach, NY
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 4 PM
Admission: $5.00

Join the fun and explore the world of amphibians—frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and more! Learn about different species, their habits and life cycles and how they benefit our environment.

Brookhaven Fair at Pennysaver Ampitheater at Bald Hill
South Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY 11738
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 9, 2013
5 p.m. on Fridays 12:00 noon all other days (open till midnight)
$8.00/$4 with a buy-one-get-one-free admission coupon available on website

The Brookhaven Fair opens Friday, May 24th at The Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill. Special admission price for opening night is just $1.00! Enjoy family fun with free attractions, thrilling rides, games, amusements and Saturday night fireworks shows. Events schedule subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions.

Chicago at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury NY 11590
Ticket Info: 516-334-0800 or at Live Nation website
Sat May 25 - Sun May 26th at 8 PM
Cost:  $59.50-$69.50

Let the sound take you back…to 1967 when seven Chicago musicians came on the scene with a unique sound. The band turned out 20 Top-10 singles and 12 Top-10 albums. Among their hits are: 'If You Leave Me Now,' 'Hard To Say I'm Sorry' and 'Here In My Heart.'

7 in Heaven's Singles Annual BBQ in the Park
Belmont Lake State Park
625 Belmont Avenue, North Babylon, NY 11703
Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
$25/$20 (prepaid)
$8 parking/free with pass

All ages welcome! Over 125 singles attend! Games, icebreakers, music, raffle prizes! Win $100 off club getaway, restaurant gift certificates and much more. Enjoy chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, homemade salads, watermelon, toasted marshmallows, desserts soda/water. Suggested picnic table seating by age groups. Lots of fun! RSVP appreciated send email if member First timers click here to sign up

SAVE $5 paid by midnight Sat. 5/25/13. Click here to pay $20

Navy and Marine Helicopter Landing
Eisenhower Park /Administration Building
Merrick Ave. and Park Blvd, East Meadow, NY 11554
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sponsor: Eisenhower Park
The largest Marine/Navy helicopter landing on Long Island will be part of the "Raid new York" "Fleet Week 2013" activities in New York City.
Navy Landing at 10am
Marine Landing at 12pm

Montauk Art Show 
On the Montauk Green
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - May 24, 25 and 26, 2013

The Montauk Art Show is one of the top shows on Long Island and nationally one of the top fine art festivals. Purchase original paintings, sculptures, unique fabric art and jewelry, photography and creations in wood, glass, and ceramics along with mixed-media art, drawing and printmaking. Meet the artists!

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