Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, which means summer is right around the corner. If you’re looking to celebrate the end of winter and enjoy the spring weather while it lasts, there are tons of great outdoor events going on this weekend.
Here are three things to do this Memorial Day with family and friends:
Coney Island is Open for Summer!
Starting Friday, May 27th, Coney Island will begin operating their regular summer hours. Following their major renovations after Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island’s revitalized theme parks have something for everyone.
Younger kids will love the tame rides and arcade games at Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park. Older kids and adrenaline junkies may want to try their luck at Scream Zone, which features Coney Island’s first custom built roller coaster since 1927, the Thunderbolt.
Of course, the real thrills can be found on the original “Big Momma” of roller coasters, the 88-year-old Cyclone.
Coney Island and its various theme parks will be open 7 days a week all summer long, with hours varying depending on the weather and the day. To get there, hop on the D, F, N, or Q lines and take them all the way to the last stop.
For regular park hours, ticket prices, and event information, check out the Luna Park website.
CookOut NYC’s Food Party on the Pier
Barbecues are an excellent way to enjoy the warm weather with family and friends. But if you don’t have a backyard or a grill to cook in, CookOut NYC has got you covered. Join them at Stuyvesant Cove Park on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th for the annual Food Party on the Pier!
The Food Party is the first of many outdoor events that CookOut NYC will be hosting this summer. Kick off the season with All-American food selections, craft beer and wine, and live entertainment on the waterfront.
On Saturday, famed New York eateries like Harry Hawk’s Schnack will duke it out in a “Battle of the Burgers.” On Sunday, you can try the best ocean fare with a Sea2Table Fish Fry. There will also be a number of food vendors serving pay-as-you-go a la carte for those foodies who want to try it all.
Stuyvesant Cove Park is located at 24-20 FDR Drive. To view and purchase ticket options or to learn more about the Food Party on the Pier, visit the CookOutNYC event website.
Fleet Week and Memorial Day at the Intrepid
While barbecues and roller coasters are wonderful ways to spend Memorial Day, it’s also important to reflect on why we celebrate this holiday in the first place. From May 25th through May 30th, the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum will be honoring the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard during Fleet Week.
Military history buffs can participate in several special events throughout the week, including interactive exhibits, a parade, patrol craft tours, and a Memorial Day ceremony.
On Friday, May 27th, the Intrepid will premiere its eighth annual Summer Movie Series. Film and history enthusiasts can gather on the deck of the famous aircraft carrier for a night of action packed movies. Stunt pilot and former naval aviator Dave Baranek will make an appearance prior to Friday’s screening of Top Gun.
Aside from military history, the Intrepid will also pay homage to the Swing Era. Join them on Saturday, May 28th for the Battle of the Big Bands on the flight deck. Guests 21+ over can dance to NYCs best swing bands, enjoy snacks and a cash bar, take photos in photo booths with ’40s pin-up girls, and even watch a vintage fashion show.
The Intrepid is located in Hell’s Kitchen at Pier 86 on 46th street and 12th Avenue. To purchase tickets and learn more about the weekend’s events, check out the Intrepid Museum website.
There’s still plenty of time to make the most of your three day weekend! How do you plan to celebrate Memorial Day?