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It's Finally Memorial Day Weekend!

We’ve weathered the winter and now Memorial Day weekend is almost here! It’s the official kick-off of summer, and there are endless activities in New York City for you to enjoy with friends and family over the holiday weekend.

Fleet Week New York, a celebration of U.S. maritime services and the individuals – sailors, marines and members of the Coast Guard – who work tirelessly at sea, actually starts on May 20 (through May 26). Events throughout the city include the Parade of Ships (on May 20), free ship tours, U.S. Navy demonstrations, aviation and search and rescue demonstrations, parades, and much more.

Look up in the sky to be awed by the spectacular stunts during the 2015 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach May 23-24. Long-time air show performers such as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Golden Knights join first-timer the Breitling Jet Team for an amazing display of speed and skill. Head to the beach for high-flying action from noon to 5 pm each day of the show.

Explore distinctive artistic creations at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, held May 23-25 and May 30-31. This sidewalk show features local, national and international artists and an extensive collection of fine arts (graphics, mixed media, oils and acrylic, watercolor, photography, sculpture and crafts), jewelry, metal work, ceramics, glass mixed-media, fiber and wood.

The warm weather reminds us of fun times to be enjoyed on the multitude of rooftop bars throughout New York City – think sweeping views, the energy and vibe of an outdoor crowd, and delicious cocktails. Check out Time Out New York’s list of top rooftop bars for inspiration on where to go.

We would be remiss to discuss Memorial Day weekend without mentioning the beach. We have gorgeous swaths of sand in our area! Swim the waves. Stroll the shores. Relax among sandcastles. More on great beach choices next time…

There are tons of great reasons to delight in a weekend away and call us your home base as your explore everything that makes New York City spectacular!