Memorial Day weekend isn't just any long weekend in Brooklyn. There are things to do on this federal holiday that happen only once a year: a fun family concert in a historic cemetery that looks like a park, touring actual warships docked right in the Big Apple, and famous DanceAfrica shows and a huge global marketplace at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Don't miss the hugely popular Dance Africa open air bazaar, one of the highlights of the Memorial Day weekend in New York City and a unique street fair in its focus on all things African.
The Kings County Memorial Day Parade, the oldest in the country, steps off at 11 AM at 87th Street and 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge, marching on 3rd Avenue, Marine Avenue and 4th Avenue to John Paul Jones Park, for ceremonies.
All armed services veterans are invited to be part of the parade, whether they belong to a veterans' organization or not.
Stop by to observe the South Marsh osprey pair as they prepare to raise a family. Hear the remarkable stories of their annual long-distance migrations and their recovery in the U.S. Spotting scope provided for up-close views of these majestic birds of prey.
Check the events calendar for other events happening during the weekend.
2017's 40th-anniversary celebration brings music and dance traditions from Guinea to Brooklyn audiences in a show titled "The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond."
Yup, the beaches are open! Find out where to go, whether the public pools are open, too, and more.
Outdoor Free Concert; Bring a Picnic Blanket
Green-Wood’s annual Memorial Day concert has become a true neighborhood favorite. Each year the concert features the works of such prominent members of Green-Wood’s permanent residents' roster as Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, and many others.
Bring a blanket and enjoy this early summer performance. Food and refreshments will be on sale all day. The concert is a free event. Groups should register in advance.
Trolley Tour of Green-Wood
A trolley “mini-tour” begins right after the concert, featuring highlights of Green-Wood, including De Witt Clinton’s bronze statue, Battle Hill and the Civil War Soldiers’ Lot. Seating is limited. Reservations recommended. There is also a walking tour.
Visit NY Aquarium
While they don't hold any Memorial Day specific events, the New York Aquarium is near the boardwalk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and is a wonderful outing.
You can visit the exhibits in Building 92 or take a guided tour.
As poignant as can be, Brooklyn's many local memorials to the large fallen of 9/11 range from the Wall of Remembrance at Coney Island's MCU Stadium, to modest street names changed in honor of a lost neighborhood resident.