Easter in New York City

Celebrate Easter in New York City

Large Group Of People At The Easter Parade On Fifth Avenue
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Date of Easter: Sunday, March 27, 2016

Are you going to be in New York City for Easter? It's actually a popular time to visit, in part because so many school districts have a long weekend or a full week off from school, making it an ideal time for families to come visit NYC. If you're looking for special "only-in-NYC" type of Easter inspired experiences or more traditional church options, you should have no problem finding what you need to have a great Easter celebration in New York City.

If you're visiting New York City for Easter, it's helpful to know that you'll find very few hindrances to your visit -- nearly everything will be open on Easter Sunday, as well as on Good Friday. Easter Monday isn't a widely recognized holiday in the United States, and shouldn't affect many visitors either.

Since the date of Easter fluctuates from year to year, it can be in late March, when the weather can still be quite cold or it can be in late April, when spring has...MORE finally arrived in New York City and temperatures are milder, so it's best to consider the date of Easter when planning a visit.

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    Easter Bonnet Festival
    ••• Heather Cross

    On Easter Sunday, you can be a part of the Easter scene on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. If you just want to participate from the sidelines you don't have to do anything but show up in order to check out folks decked out in their Easter bonnets, which run the gamut from elegant to over-the-top creations, but you could also design or wear your own Easter bonnet to truly be a part of this NYC tradition. There are, of course, a number of dogs dressed up for the occasion as well. This is not-so-much a parade as much as it's a gathering on Fifth Avenue near St. Patrick's Cathedral with people milling about admiring the Easter outfits and head wear on display.

    Guide: Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival Guide
    Photos: 2006 Easter Bonnet Festival Photos

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    Easter Activities Around New York City

    From Easter-themed walking tours to Easter Egg Hunts, New York City has lots of Easter-related activities for young and old to enjoy. Some take place before or even after Easter, so be sure to consult the calendar if you have particular events you want to attend while you're in town.

    More: Easter Activities in NYC

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    Easter Brunch and Dinner

    Looking for something special to eat on Easter? Check out these choices for Easter Brunch and Dinner in New York City. Reservations are always suggested when dining in New York City on a holiday.

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    Find a church where you can celebrate Easter in New York City.