5 Local Events to Do This Memorial Day on Long Island
Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor those who have given their lives to serve their country. It also serves as the official trumpet blast to ring in the summer season. Many people plan backyard barbecues and pool parties, but if you want to celebrate with your community, consider attending a public event.
Fortunately, New York never fails to deliver the fun. If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend this Memorial Day on Long Island, check out these five enticing events.
Blue Angels Air Show
Head to Long Island’s south shore for the Blue Angels Air Show on Jones Beach. You’ll see pilots perform their wildest stunts in the air on May 28 and 29. It costs $10 to park in the lot, but admission is free, and according to the Jones Beach website, the parking lot fills up fast. Arrive by 10 a.m. at the latest to ensure admittance.
Bring a cooler full of icy beverages and your best camera. In addition to the air show, you can enjoy an afternoon at the beach, whether you feel like scrounging for seashells, working on your tan, or dipping your toes in the refreshing water. Some people even enjoy watching the show from their boats, so if you have a seafaring family, consider hitting the water for this event.
Memorial Day Family Carnival at Eisenhower Park
If you’re not a fan of the noise created by fighter jets, plan to attend the Memorial Day Family Carnival at Eisenhower Park instead. It lasts from May 27 to May 29, and both adults and kids get in free. However, you’ll want to purchase a wristband if you want to take the kids on the rides or participate in the games.
Grab an unhealthy but delicious snack in the food court, get your face painted by talented artists, walk through the stalls of booths where local vendors sell their wares, and meet fellow New Yorkers. Plus, more than 30 local bands will perform live on the stage, so you’ll get a concert out of the deal, as well. Proceeds from the carnival will help end substance abuse issues and the damage wrought by the drug trade.
Heroes for Horses
Are you an avid equestrian? If so, attend the Heroes for Horses event at Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Program on Memorial Day. The organization invites all veterans as well as their families to tour the farm and to interact with the horses. The BBQ Masters of Long Island will provide the food (at a charge), and you’ll enjoy demonstrations about caring for horses and rehabilitating them after injuries, illnesses, and abuse.
Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Program is a nonprofit organization that brings horses back to health after they have suffered serious issues. It also provides equine therapy for kids and adults who have disabilities or mental health conditions, so it’s an excellent program to support. If you enjoy the experience, consider returning as a volunteer at a later date.
Southampton Artists Association Memorial Day Show
Art lovers should consider attending the Southampton Artists Association Memorial Day Show in Southampton. The event starts at 4 p.m. on May 28 and lasts until 6 p.m. You’ll see work from local artists in several categories, including oils, watercolors, sculpture, photography, and acrylic. Even if you’re not a collector or artist, you’ll enjoy seeing what the pros have created for exhibition.
You can also buy art at the gallery. If you haven’t filled your walls with beautiful art yet, you can start a collection that others will admire every time they visit your home. Or, if you enjoy creating art yourself, talk with the association leaders about joining the organization and submitting your own work for inclusion in a future showing.
Valley Streams Memorial Day Parade
What’s Memorial Day without a celebratory parade? The Valley Streams Memorial Day Parade promises fun for the whole family, whether you enjoy listening to the music or viewing the creative floats (or both). Numerous community organizations and institutions participate, from schools and daycare centers to sports teams.
The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Memorial Day at the intersection of Wheeler Avenue and Rockaway Parkway. It concludes with a touching ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial, so you won’t want to miss it. Plus, the Village Green will host food vendors, games, and other fun activities.
On Long Island, you can celebrate the people who bravely died for their fellow Americans as well as the start of summer. Load up the family in your Mercedes-Benz and attend some of these events over Memorial Day weekend.