Memorial Day - The Significance
Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May, is a day dedicated to the remembrance of all American Soldiers who have fallen while serving our Country. It is a day of reflection to honor their ultimate sacrifice, but it is also considered the unofficial kick-off to the Summer season. Often Memorial Day kicks off with beaches opening around the State and usually features several events in and around New York.
What to do on Memorial Day
This year Memorial Day comes today, the very last day of the month -- May 31st, 2021. It is customary to get together with family and friends for a picnic and/or participate in sporting events. So BBQ and beach activities are very popular; unfortunately, the weather did not help this year, here in New York we have been dealing with heavy rain and cold temperatures that don't exactly feel like "Summer."
Memorial Day 2021 in NYC marked by rain and cold
New Yorkers usually split between the beach, Coney Island for Nathan's Famous hot dogs, and parks such as Central Park, and Governors Island which features live music and ample picnic spaces. But we had horrible weather all weekend long and even today, although the sun should shine again and the temperatures rise a bit, it doesn't look like a day you might want to spend at the beach. We suggest visiting one of the Botanical Gardens or the new Little Island Floating Pier, museums, or simply enjoy the city.
We wish everyone a safe and blessed Memorial Day!
And if you want to organize yourself for upcoming events, here you can check out some info on what's coming next to NYC in the Summer --