Memorial Day Weekend Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC
Things To Do in Brooklyn over the Memorial Day Weekend
Weather.Memorial Day Weekend Forecast as of 5/28/21. The temperature highs will be in the mid to mid 60's Friday, dropping to the 50's on Saturday and Sunday, rising to the low 70's Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low 50's on Friday and Saturday, rising to the high 50's on Sunday and Monday. Yes there's Rain in the forecast on Friday [1.5 inches], and about a third of an inch on Saturday and Sunday, with Monday being clear. Winds will range between 10 - 20 mph Friday and Saturday, falling to 5 - 10 Sunday and a calm 5 mph on Monday. The Humidity will be 80% - 100% on Friday, 60% - 80% on Saturday, and 50% - 60% the rest of the weekend.
Brief History of the Memorial Day Holiday in Brooklyn
Memorial Day first started out as Decoration Day in Waterloo, New York on May 30, 1866 - a year after the Civil War - to honor those who fought in it. In the 1880's the day came to be known as Memorial Day.
According to a May 25, 2012 report in Time Magazine, ten states - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee also officially observe some version of a Confederate Memorial Day, sometime between late April and early June [in Texas it's in January]. It's been reported that unofficially most of the former Confederate states still commemorate it, but not without some controversy as to the former Confederate diaspora it's to honor their ancestors, while to the former diaspora of the slaves it seems a remnant of these states racist past.
About ten percent of the nation travels more than 50 miles over the weekend. Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day which is held on November 11th of each year. Veterans Day began by honoring those who fought in World War I which ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Both honor those who served in the U.S. Military. Veterans Day coincides with a similar holiday in Europe for the same reason, which is called Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.
Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Special Events in Brooklyn NYC
According to a February 8, 2021 report in Military News the U.S. Navy is holding Fleet Week virtually for the second year in a row due to the CoVid pandemic. The annual celebratory week in NYC is scheduled to run from Wednesday, May 26 to Monday, May 31, 2021. I believe, assuming all goes well, they will return next year.
Normally there's a Memorial Day Parade in Brooklyn that starts between 11 am - 12 noon and begins at 78th and Third Avenue and marches up to Marine, then along Fourth Avenue to John Paul Jones Park at 101st Street in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. But unfortunately this year, like last year, attending the parade and Brooklyn street fairs, don't appear to be options due to the ongoing CoVid pandemic. At this point these big events are generally the primary activities that will not be available to us. Visiting many of the Brooklyn theaters, performing arts & art museums will be available, but many are operating with capacity and other CoVid pandemic related restrictions over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Things continue to move in the right direction. Eating out at one of the Brooklyn restaurants is now generally fully available, as is most shopping. We also posted some of the restaurants performing this service as of Mother's Day in our Mother's Day Restaurants in Brooklyn report.
Shopping is Back. Shopping in Brooklyn, was limited to groceries, pharmacies and home improvement stores [aka essential services] last year, and local Brooklyn farmers markets were open as they were classified as an essential service, and located outdoors, so that was one of the few outing options last year.
You can also go bicycling around Brooklyn so be mindful to observe the rules of the road [click link]. The 5 Boro Bike Ride 2021 was postponed. They now have a new date, which is August 22, 2021.
There are a lot more things happening in the Brooklyn borough this year than last year, so take your time to sort through what's available and start planning your weekend. We'll post some added events next Friday too.
Brooklyn Public & Private Parks
Brooklyn has a number of New York City Parks, which will be mostly open / back to normal. Here are some highlights.
New York City beaches will re-open for swimming on Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 29, 2021 and remain open through September 7th. The city outdoor pools will reopen on June 26th, while the indoor pools remain closed until further notice.
City playgrounds, golf courses and driving ranges, skate parks and grilling areas have all reopened. Dog runs are open with CoVid recommendations in effect. Basketball, handball, tennis, bocce, and volleyball courts have re-opened, but with CoVid guidelines remaining in effect. Some field and court permit applications are now being reviewed and issued.
All NYC Parks recreation centers and nature centers are closed until further notice.
The City's historic houses are working to safely reintroduce visitors to their museums. Check individual house museum websites for updated hours and visitation information. The Wildlife Conservation Society re-opened its zoos and aquarium to all guests.
I spoke to the National Park Service which informed me that the two National Parks in Brooklyn will be open. You can walk, bike, skate board and visit the waterfront. The National Parks Brooklyn include Floyd Bennett Field which is just north of the Rockaways in eastern Brooklyn, and the Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area.
Click here for a listing of the Brooklyn Parks including maps showing their locations along with a bit of park history - Coming sometime in the not-too-distant future.
NYC Golfing in Brooklyn - Now Open
Brooklyn has two main golf courses which includes the Dyker Beach Golf Course and the Marine Park Golf Course. As of this post all of them are expected to be open by Memorial Day weekend 2021. Click here for details about Queens Golf Courses including maps and links to the operators' websites.
Memorial Day Weekend Events in Brooklyn
Click here to obtain information about things to do Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn. And our things to do / Brooklyn events calendar is updated monthly with between 50 - 100 different Brooklyn fun / cultural events.
Click here for Brooklyn things to do on Memorial Day weekend.
Memoral Day Weekend in Brooklyn NYC
Things To Do in Brooklyn Over The Memorial Day Weekend
Relative to last year, so much more is open and available for the Memorial Day Weekend, except the big parades and events like Fleet Week [it's virtual for the second year in a row].
Art Exhibits Brooklyn & NYC - Memorial Day Weekend
Click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits in Brooklyn this Memorial Day weekend. There are too many museums to showcase in this short space, but here are a few that are among the highlights of Brooklyn museums this weekend.
The Brooklyn Museum
Location.The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in the Park Slope / Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Dance, Theater & Music in Brooklyn NYC - Memorial Day Weekend
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Brooklyn Events Calendar to see what's doing this Memorial Day weekend in theater in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Location. Located at 30 Lafayette Street in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Academy of Music is one of the premier performing arts centers of NYC. They cultivate, host and present avante garde and classical music, dance and theater.
Kings Theatre Brooklyn in Flatbush Ditmas
Location. Located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue in the Flatbush Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The Kings Theatre is an historic theater which opened in 1929 as a Loews movie theater in the early days of film. After years of neglect, the building was closed in 1977, and in 2010 restoration work began, completed in 2015. Today it is an evolving performing arts space / cultural center in the Flatbush Ditmas nieghborhood. Capacity 3,000.
Film in Brooklyn over the Memorial Day Weekend
Nitehawk Cinema - Movies, Dining & Drinks
Location. At 136 Metropolitan Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Nitehawk Cinema is a film / dinner theater in Williamsburg. There are generally two seatings per evening. They host special events. Not sure if you can view films w/o dinner. And they host numerous special events.
History in Brooklyn over the Memorial Day Weekend
Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights
Locations. The Brooklyn Historical Society has two sites.
The original is located at 128 Pierrepont in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and the second is located at 55 Water Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Historical Society hosts exhibits, films and lectures.
New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn
Location. Located at 99 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
They host exhibits, films and lectures about municipal transportation focused on NYC.
Fort Hamilton in Dyker Heights
Location. 101st Street at 4th Avenue in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
One of the oldest operational forts in Brooklyn, NYC & America lies opposite the Verrazzano Narrows from Fort Wadsworth on Brooklyn. One of two overlooking the primary gateway into NYC harbor. It was built between 1825 - 1831 and used as a training base during the American Civil War.
Floyd Bennett Field Aviation Museum in Marine Park Brooklyn NYC
Location. Located in the Marine Park neighborhood in the southeast corner of Brooklyn, along Jamaica Bay.
Floyd Bennett Field was built in 1928 and was the first airport in NYC. LaGuardia Airport replaced Floyd Bennett Field because of the lengthy ride into the city through Brooklyn. Eventually JFK was established as NYC's third airport [but Floyd Bennett Field has since been closed so there are only two airports in NYC / Newark is considered a third to reach the city], becoming the landing and take off destination for long haul / international flights that required longer runways. After being replaced by LaGuardia, Floyd Bennett Field became a naval air station.
The Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park Brooklyn
Location. At 1940 East 36th Street in the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Hendrick House Museum is an historic house in the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. It was first built in 1720 and modified in 1800. It harks back to the Dutch colonial past.
Green-Wood Cemetery in Greenwood Heights Brooklyn
Location. At 500 25th Street at 5th Avenue in Greenwood Heights Brooklyn. There are four entrances, including the Gothic Arch at the Main Entrance. Green-Wood Cemetery was established in 1838 and is one of the oldest remaining cemeteries in Brooklyn. In addition to the graveyard there are a couple of buildings at the cemetery where exhibits are occasionally presented. And it was given an arboretum award.
Street Fairs Memorial Day Weekend in Brooklyn
On Memorial Day Weekend in Brooklyn there are typically a number of street fairs / festivals planned, including in the Memorial Day Parade which you can learn more about by clicking into our Brooklyn street fairs page below. Be advised that thus far in 2021, these events are still on hiatus, but we expect that to change probably at some point in June if people continue to vaccinate.
At the Wyckoff House they are hosting a Brooklyn Farmers Market on Memorial Day Weekend, and there are others.
Shopping in Brooklyn & NYC
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping during the pleasant weekend weather. Click here to view our shopping sections for Brooklyn at a later date. Both the Barclays Center area and the Industry City offer a plethora of shopping sites.
Each of these shopping sections includes, or will include, links to home pages, which have slide shows of merchandise as well as maps, store hours, phone numbers and telephone numbers.
Click here to view the Memorial Day Weekend Street Fairs in Brooklyn, including dates, times and map links.
Parks and Beaches in Brooklyn - Memorial Day Weekend
As mentioned above Brooklyn has two public golf courses, including the Dyker Heights Golf Course and the Marine Park Golf course. Normally, these are open Memorial Day Weekend in Brooklyn - but this year due to the CoVid pandemic that may not happen.
Brooklyn also has some very beautiful beaches, most notably located along the Coney Island / Brighton Beach Boardwalk at the southern end of the Brooklyn borough. More on this later.
Prospect Park is the Central Park of Brooklyn
Location. Prospect Park is adjacent to Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Flatbush Ditmas and other Brooklyn neighborhoods. Prospect Park is the premier park in central Brooklyn and home to a number of Brooklyn cultural attactions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic and the Brooklyn Zoo.
21st Century Park in Brooklyn Heights
Location. At 334 Furman in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. A relatively new park comprised of 85 acres along the East River near the NYC Harbor.
Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn - Near Prospect Heights
Location. The Brooklyn Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park.The Prospect Park Zoo is the premier zoo in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Location. Brooklyn Botanic Garden has two entrances - at 990 Washington Avenue and 445 Flatbush Avenue in the Prospect Park / Lefferts Gardens neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Founded in 1910 the 52 acre garden is a collection of smaller gardens.
Bicycling in Brooklyn NYC
Brooklyn has a number of bike paths, which provide cyclists with some protection. Click here to view a report about bike laws in NYC so you can ride safely. There's a program called Citi Bikes, which allows you to rent a bike using your credit card. Whereever you find bike racks filled with blue bicycles - take a closer look and it's probably a Citi Bike rack and you can rent a bike from there and return it to any of their racks around NYC.
I'm working on a useable map of bike trails in Brooklyn, but it'll be a while so don't hold your breath. NYC.gov usually has a good one on their website. In the photo to your right, are the 5 Boro Bike Riders cycling through NYC.
Kyaking & Boating in Brooklyn NYC
As of this posting, I'm not yet familiar with the boating options available in Brooklyn, except to say that there are a few options notably around the Gowanus Canal and also on Newtown Creek in the Greenpoint area. At a later date we'll return here to update this with our own findings.
Dining in Brooklyn NYC
Food in Brooklyn has always been good. The variety of restaurant choices includes Italian, Irish, Latin and Asian, and if you look carefully, you can find good food at reasonable prices too.
Click here to view the Brooklyn Restaurants NYC section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review. As of this writing, we've identified some of our old favorites, but haven't done the deep dive yet.
Other things to do coming in the future.
Things to do in Other NYC Boroughs Memorial Day Weekend
Things to do Manhattan Memorial Day Weekend and Queens Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend and Things to do Bronx Memorial Day Weekend and Brooklyn Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend and Staten Island Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend.
More events will be added to the Front Pages of each of these sites on Friday.
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