3 Things to do in New York on the Memorial Day Weekend
May 28 is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a public holiday and the English Language Institute, like most businesses and all schools and universities, is closed. Enjoy the long weekend! Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer, which Americans always think of as between Memorial Day (late May) and Labor Day (early September).
We always give our students lots of ideas for things to do every day of the year, as well as running organized trips weekly. Check out our Activities Calendar. Having time off is a great way to enjoy New York and to practice your English in real life settings. Here are some ideas of things to do this Memorial Day weekend:
#1 Watch the Memorial Day Parade
On Monday the 28th, there are parades all around the city. Americans remember those citizens who’ve served the United States in times of war, and it can be a very emotional experience to watch the parades. There are always lots of fire fighters and police officers in the parades.
The largest is in Queens, but there are also parades in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
#2 Go to the beach
Yes, you can go the beach in New York, and no, you don’t need a car. Beaches open Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, the 26th) and are open until Labor Day.
Some beaches you need to pay to enter, and some are free. You can get to the nearest beach, Coney Island, on the subway. However, there are nicer beaches at Jones Beach and Long Beach - an easy train ride from Penn Station. Buy a combination train/ beach ticket to save money.
#3 Visit Coney Island
Coney Island is more than just a beach. There are many rides and other amusement attractions that are open in the summer. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, everything is open every day of the week.
Ride on the famous Cyclone roller coaster, visit the aquarium, and more. Coney Island is where hot dogs were born and Nathan’s Famous original hot dog stand is here too. It is easy to get there on the subway.
Take the D, Q, N or F train to Stillwell Avenue. This takes about 45 - 60 minutes from midtown Manhattan.