Originally known as Decoration Day and celebrated in the years after the Civil War, Memorial Day has gone through various alterations and taken on new meanings over the past 140+ years. The core sentiments of the holiday, however, have always remained the same; respecting and honoring those who have served.
Thankfully, we have come a long way since the holiday’s roots within a divided nation. Today, the fireworks displays, barbeques, parades, and festivals are all energetic celebrations that we are able to share as a collective nation. Memorial Day may only be on Monday, May 30th, but the festivities are spread across the entire weekend, giving Long Islanders plenty of options for family fun! Regardless of whether you’re heading to Jones Beach for the Air Show or staying in your town for a local celebration, remember to take a brief break from the entertainment to pay tribute to our nation’s heroes.
Mario Cantone & Jerry Dixon at Bay Street Theater
Bay Street and Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Saturday, May 28th, 8 PM
$69 - $125
Director Jerry Dixon and actor Mario Cantone are teaming up for a night of storytelling and belly laughs as they present they bring their performing talents for an all-encompassing entertainment show!
Hempstead's Memorial Day Parade 2016 - FREE!
Greenwich Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
Sunday, May 29th, 2 PM - 3:15 PM
Long Island's oldest parade returns for its 130th year in Hempstead! Veterans, police, firemen, and politicians will all be marching from the American Legion Hall to the Civil War Monument to honor those that have served.
NY AutoFest at The Westbury Market Fair
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Saturday, May 28th, 8 AM - 4 PM
$5 General Admission / Free For Kids Under 12
Featuring one of the most extenstive and diverse selections of cars on Long Island, the NY Autofest combines a fully judged show with the gigantic Westbury Market Fair's flea market.
Memorial Day Billy Joel Brunch at Parlay
210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Monday, May 30th, 11 AM - 3 PM
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Parlay Gastropub will be celebrating Memorial Day with live music by Henry Haid, who will be playing the best of Billy Joel while you enjoy a delicious brunch!
Southampton Artists Association Memorial Day Show - FREE!
25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
Wednesday, May 25th through Sunday, June 5th
Southampton Artists Association will be holding an art show that covers everything from oils and acrylics, to sculptures and photography. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 28th.
Huntington YMCA's Memorial Day Weekend Carnival - FREE!
60 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Thursday, May 26th through Monday. May 30th
The 24th iteration of Huntington YMCA's carnival will feature a plethora of live entertainment, rides, games, and tasty treats from vendors.
Kick-Off Memorial Day Weekend at VIEW
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769
Thursday, May 26th through Sunday, May 29th
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VIEW will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend with four consecutive nights of live music performed by Fine Wine Band, DJ Mike, Henry Raid, and Eirk McCormack.
Memorial Day Family Carnival at Eisenhower Park - FREE!
1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
Friday, May 27th through Monday, May 30th
With tons of carnival rides, 30+ local bands, and enough entertainment for kids and adults alike, Eisenhower Park's Memorial Day celebration is set to be packed with fun!
8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend on the Montauk Green Art Show - FREE!
742 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Friday, May 27th through Sunday, May 29th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Montauk VIllage Green will be turned into an outdoor gallery where visitors will be able to view work and meet the artists in person.
Runday 2016 - CN Guidance’s Annual 5K, 10K & 1/2 Mile Run
950 South Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville, NY 11801
516-822-6111, ext. 1253
Saturday, May 28th, 8 AM
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CN Guidance & Counseling Services will be holding a variety of running races in an effort to raise money for those affected by mental health and addiction disorders. So grab your running shoes and take strides for a great cause!
Bellmore's Memorial Day Weekend Festival - FREE!
Bellmore Train Station (Sunrise Highway), Bellmore, NY 11710
Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th, 11 AM - 6 PM
With plenty of entertainment for everybody and three full days of fun, Bellmore's Festival is set to be one of the most exciting events across Long Island this Memorial Day Weekend!
East End Seaport Museum's Bug Lighthouse Tours Opening Weekend
3rd Street and Wiggins Street, Greenport, NY 11944
Saturday, May 28th, 4 PM
$20 - $35 Per Person
With the first lighthouse tour of the season, East End Seaport Museum is inviting visitors for a 2 hour narrated tour of Bug Light and boat tour in the surrounding waters.
Memorial Day Fireworks at North Hempstead Beach Park - FREE!
West Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
Saturday, May 28th, 6 PM
With fireworks, a commemoration ceremony, and live music by Unforgettable Fire and FiveStone, North Hempstead Beach Park will provide an energetic Memorial Day celebration for all ages.
2016 Jones Beach Air Show - Featuring U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, May 28th through Sunday, May 29th
Free Admission ($10 Parking)
The Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach is one of the most renowned events that takes place each year on Long Island! Thousands upon thousands of spectators are drawn to Jones Beach each year to witness the aviation spectacle, which features the United States Navy Blue Angels, Golden Knights, and more!
Memorial Day Weekend 2016 at the American Airpower Museum
1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th, 10 AM - 5 PM
$8 - $15 Per Person
The airplanes used at the Jones Beach Air Show will be on display at the take-off ramps, allowing you to see them up close before they aim for the skies!
Decoration Day at at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th
Adults $10 / Kids $7
Old Bethpage Village Restoration will be transporting you back to the 1870s for an informative and interactive Memorial Day experience that will give you an entirely new perspective on the holiday.
Riverhead's 20th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival - FREE!
Between Roanoke Avenue and East Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
Sunday, May 29th, 12 PM - 5 PM
Artists, musicians, and art lovers of all types will participate in a massive street chalk art project. The festival will also have a craft fair, live music, plenty of food, and activities for all ages.
7-in heaven BBQ at Belmont State Park
625 Belmont Avenue, Babylon, NY 11703
Sunday, May 29th, 1 PM - 6 PM
$25 Per Person
This annual summer barbeque is regularly attended by over 150 singles who meet to mingle, play great lawn games, and have a great time in the sun!
Valley Stream's Memorial Day Parade 2016 - FREE!
Village of Valley Stream, NY 11580
Monday, May 30th, 9 AM
Valley Stream's Annual Memorial Day Parade weaves through the town and ends at the Veteran's Memorial at Hicks Street for a special tribute ceremony.
Merrick's Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony - FREE!
Intersection of Merrick Ave. & Sunrise Highway, Merrick, NY 11566
Monday, May 30th, 9:30 AM
Starting at Broadcast Plaza, the parade will head to Veterans Memorial Park for a dedication ceremony in honor of our veterans.
Great Neck's 2016 Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
Susquehanna Avenue & Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021
Monday, May 30th, 9:30 AM
All are invited to attend Great Neck's Memorial Day Parade, which will head from Susquehanna Avenue to the Village Green.
Port Washington's Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony - FREE!
Main Street & Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050
Monday, May 30th, 10 AM
Beginning at Post Washington Boulevard, the parade will head down Main Street and finish at Sunset Park with a special ceremony.
Long Beach Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
Ohio Avenue and West Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Minday, May 30th, 10 AM
Featuring the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, officials will walk through the streets of Long Beach to honor our past and present troops.
Amityville's Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade - FREE!
Amityville Village Triangle (Broadway), Amityville, NY 11701
Monday, May 30th at 10 AM
The parade will proceed north on Broadway with a stop at the Amityville Cemetery where a short ceremony will take place. This year’s parade is sponsored by the local chapter of the Sgt. John J. Kreyer VFW post 7223.
Memorial Day Celebration & Open House at Raynham Hall Museum - FREE!
20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Monday, May 30th, 12 PM - 4 PM
Raynham Hall will be having an open house event on its property with music, old-fashioned games, and delicious treats for kids and adults alike!
Bayville's Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
34 School Street, Bayville, NY 11709
Monday, May 30th, 12:30 PM
Beginning at Village Hall and heading to Soundside Beach, American Legion Post #1285's parade will be featuring different groups and individuals all marching to commemorate the holiday.
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