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Fun Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend in NYC


Burgers. Brews. And beach tans. Ah, Memorial Day Weekend.
The official kick-off to summer is here, which means nearly everyone in New York City is packing up to escape the city heat. But what if you didn’t have enough time or money to book a trip in advance? Don’t fret:  Luckily for you, you’re living in (or close) to New York, and as you know, this city always has your back. 
Here, the top 5 activities we recommend doing/ visiting during Memorial Day Weekend.

Fleet Week

Since 1984, Fleet Week has been an annual event across New York in which the people honor the services of Marines. Fleet Week offers New Yorkers the unique opportunity to meet sailors, marines and coast guardsmen, as well as witness the latest capabilities of the USA maritimes services. This year’s top locations during Fleet Week? Pier 88, Pier 86, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Homeport Pier, Kings Point and Bronx/ Suny.

Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood Cemetery

Memorial Day is the date for the annual concert of the New York Symphonic Band at the Green-Wood Cemetery.  Snack and refreshments will be available for purchase at the cemetery, and as an extra this year, the concert will feature a program in honor of famed composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein.
So bring your blanket and friends, and enjoy a the live concert in the sun.

Randall’s Island Outdoor Movie Nights

The Friday before Memorial Day, Randall’s Island kicks off its annual outdoor movie schedule with their first outdoor screening on May 24th. The best thing about this besides the popcorn? It’s totally free of charge. Heck yeah!

Art Exhibition in Washington Square Park

Those who love art should visit the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition from May 25th till till June 2nd. Hundreds of artist display their work during this 9 day outdoor exhibition. Artist differ from art students, to sculptors, to painters, to jewelry artists etc.

Host a Barbecue

Memorial Day Weekend is the first weekend Americans celebrate the start of the summer. So, what better way to welcome summer than by having a good old fashioned barbecue with friends? If you don’t have a barbecue, you can easily use one of the public barbecues across the city. (Don’t know where to start? Google is your friend!)

Visit Provident Loan Society for extra cash

If you still feel like you want to escape New York for the weekend but are in need for some extra cash, Provident Loan Society is here to help you out.  All you have to do is bring your old jewelry or watches as collateral to one of the five offices throughout the city and in less than 20  minutes, we’ll be able to offer you a cash loan up till $ 100 000 so you can take a plane, train or boat to wherever you like.