LongIsland.com's 2018 Memorial Day Weekend Guide: Saluting our Heroes with Memorial Parades & Celebrating with Family Fun!


Make the most of your extended weekend with an enormous amount of festivals, parades, and farmers' markets!

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Long Islanders enjoying a Memorial Day parade in East Meadow!

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Serving as both the last major celebration of spring and the welcoming of summer, Memorial Day Weekend is one of Long Island's most entertainment-packed weekends of the year! The highlight of the weekend is the annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, which is celebrating its 15th year with the United States Navy Blue Angels. For those looking to stock up on everything from fresh fruits to original crafts, a number of family festivals and farmers markets will be taking place across Nassau and Suffolk this weekend.

Of course, Memorial Day is primarily a time for honoring our nation's heroes and taking a few moments to reflect on the sacrifices millions have made to protect our country. As such, there are a number of parades and special events that are perfect for saying "thank you."

Keep reading to see which events you're not going to want to miss on Long Island this Memorial Day!

Parades, Fairs & Air Shows

2018 Jones Beach Air Show Featuring U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, May 26th, and Sunday, May 27th, 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Admission / Parking Fees Apply

The 2018 New York Air Show at Jones Beach is aiming sky high for the 15th anniversary show thanks a stellar roster of participants including the headliners, the United States Navy Blue Angels.

24th Annual Juried Fine Arts Show on the Montauk Village Green - FREE!
742 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Friday, May 25th, through Sunday, May 27th
Free Event

Juried fine art, 2-D paintings, graphics, prints, photography, 3D sculptures, ceramics, fiber, and jewelry will all be on display at Montauk's annual spring arts show.

Treasures and Collectibles Fair at Southampton History Museum - FREE!
17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
Saturday, May 26th, 9 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Held at the Southampton History Museum, this popular collectibles fair will be overflowing with artwork, vintage furniture, jewelry, and other collectibles.

Locust Valley "Paint The Town" Art Walk
15 Birch Hill Road, Locust Valley, NY 11560
Saturday, May 26th, 11 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Ensure that your Memorial Day Weekend includes a visit to the Locust Valley "Paint The Town" Art Walk! The anticipated event will feature local artists and vendors with handmade items. The show is expected to have plenty of variety, as there will be designers, photographers, and craftspeople of all kinds.

Glen Cove Street Fair at Morgan Memorial Park - FREE!
Germaine Street, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Saturday, May 26th, through Sunday, May 27th, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

Glen Cove's 350th anniversary celebration meets Memorial Day Weekend with a huge street fair packed with craft and gift vendors.

Decoration Day at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Saturday, May 26th, through Sunday, May 27th, 10 AM - 4 PM
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Remember the sacrifices of those that have fought for our freedoms through this Decoration Day event complete with a ceremony, parade, and live demonstrations.

39th Annual L.I. Buick Club-All Buick Car Show at Wantagh Train Station - FREE!
3333 Sunrise Highway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Sunday, May 27th, 9 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Presented by the Long Island Buick Club in Association, this special car show will feature dozens of Buicks and a full auto-themed flea market.

Ronkonkoma's 2nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Street Fair - FREE!
Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Sunday, May 27th, 11 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a street fair on Hawkins Avenue to help raise funds for local veterans' organizations.

22nd Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival - FREE!
Roanoke Avenue and East Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
Sunday, May 27th, 12 PM - 5 PM
Free Event

A gigantic street painting festival that has become a beloved tradition in Riverhead, this event will be filled with painting activities, a sprawling fine arts and crafts fair, live music, and family fun for all.

Merrick's Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony - FREE!
Intersection of Merrick Avenue & Sunrise Highway, Merrick, NY 11566
Monday, May 28th at 8:45 AM
Free Event

Join Merrick Post No. 1282 in a parade and commemoration ceremony to help honor our veterans. Marchers will gather at the veterans Broadcast Plaza at 8:45 AM and the parade will start at 9:30 AM.

Long Beach Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
Ohio Avenue & West Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Monday, May 28th at 10 AM
Free Event

The City of Long Beach's annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 AM on Monday, May 28th. The parade begins at Ohio Avenue and West Beech Street at 10:00am and ends at the reviewing stand on Park Avenue in front of City Hall.

Farmingdale's Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Monday, May 28th at 10 AM
Free Event

Farmingdale's 2018 Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 28th at 10 AM. The parade will be held on Main Street.

Bay Shore's Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
Lanier Lane & Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Monday, May 28th at 10 AM
Free Event

Bay Shore's 2018 Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 AM at Lanier Lane and Main Street and head through Bay Shore.

Northport's Memorial Day Parade & Services at Northport Village Park - FREE!
Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
Monday, May 28th at 10 AM
Free Event

Northport's 2018 Memorial Day Parade & Services will be held on Monday, May 28th at 10 AM in Northport Village.

Ronkonkoma Memorial Day Parade at Hiawatha Elementary School - FREE!
97 Patchogue-Holbrook Road, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Monday, May 28th, 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Free Event

Sponsored by the St. Regis Knights of Columbus, the Ronkonkoma Memorial Day Parade will march from Hiawatha Elementary School to the hall on Pond Road.

Memorial Day Parade & Open House at Raynham Hall Museum - FREE!
20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Monday, May 28th, 11:30 AM - 2 PM
Free Event

Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay will be celebrating the holiday with free ice cream, lemonade, popcorn, and old-fashioned music that will be enjoyed by every member of the family.

Memorial Day BBQ at Off Key Tikki - FREE!
31 Baker Place, Patchogue, NY 11772
Monday, May 28th, 4 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The Tikiville Buffet Tribute Band will be serenading Long Islanders at Off Key Tikki on Memorial Day!

Farmers Markets

Westhampton Beach Farmers' Market at The Village Green - FREE!
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Saturday, May 26th, 9 AM - 1 PM
Free Event

The Westhampton Beach Farmers' Market will have more than fifty vendors providing the freshest locally grown and caught items. There will also be plenty of delicious homemade and baked items to enjoy.

Long Beach Farmers' Market at Kennedy Plaza - FREE!
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturday, May 26th, 9 AM - 12 PM
Free Event

Fresh fruits, pasta, pickles, tomatoes, corn, and more will be available for Long Islanders looking to stock up on tasty items this Memorial Day Weekend.

HeartBeet Farm Stand at Stony Brook Village Center - FREE!
111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Saturday, May 26th, 10 AM - 12 PM
Free Event

Head to Stony Brook Village for the freshest vegetables and fruits at HeartBeet Farms' stand.