This Memorial Day, gather your friends and family together and check out the variety of events happening in and around Long Island, New York. With so many activities to do, you might find it challenging to select an activity, but we’ve provided a sampling of seven that you can explore.
Visit St. Markella Greek Orthodox Church, 1960 Jones Ave. North, in Wantagh from Friday through Monday, May 27–30, for the annual Greek Festival and Street Fair. The event itself is free, but you can buy a variety of food, drinks, and handmade items.
Children’s activities, rides, and live music are part of this family-friendly event. Experience slices of Greek culture and heritage by exploring the local Greek dance groups, live music, and traditional dancing.
Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, in East Meadow is home to the Memorial Day Family Carnival from Friday through Monday, May 27–30. The event offers carnival rides and games, live performances from more than 30 local bands, and food and drinks. Admission is free, making this carnival an ideal option for families or people who want to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend together.
You can also take a drug-free pledge for free rides and complimentary tickets to events throughout the festival. The carnival takes place Friday, May 27, from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 28–29, from 1 to 10 p.m., and Monday, May 30, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Beginning May 25 and running through June 5, visit the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane in Southampton, for the Southampton Artists Association Memorial Day Show. This arts show is free to members of the public, and a number of art items are available for sale. Explore inspired artist designs in watercolor, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and more.
On the Montauk Village Green, experience the Eighth Annual Memorial Day Weekend on the Montauk Green Art Show. Find original works of art from 80 local and national artists, speak with the artists, and enjoy a day exploring the arts and culture in Long Island. Art will be for sale, and entrance to the event is free. Some of the offerings include drawings, jewelry, garden sculptures, and works in other mediums. The show is open Friday, May 27, from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, May 28–29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, 2746 Sound Ave. in Riverhead, offers a Heroes for Horses program for Memorial Day. This event is free for veterans and their families and is held only on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour the farm and the horse rescue, plus pick up more information on the animal rescue program. Food from BBQ Masters of Li will be available for purchase.
At the American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Highway in Farmingdale, you can experience 75 Years of Thunder. The event takes place May 28–30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Check out the Jones Beach Air Show aircraft; see the A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthogs and a variety of visiting aircraft. You can also purchase a flight experience during the event to maximize your fun and adventure. Keep in mind that flights go fast, so book your flight early. Tour the museum while you’re on the site and see where aircraft models were built through the 1980s.
Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and veterans, and $8 for children 5–13. Children 4 and younger and active military members are free. Some activities cost an extra fee, and food and drink will be available for purchase.
Honor our veterans this Memorial Day with the Valley Stream Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 30. During the parade, you’ll witness floats from local organizations. The parade starts at 9 a.m. from Wheeler Avenue and Rockaway Parkway and ends at the Village Green. After the parade, a ceremony will be held at the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza at the corner of Hicks Street and Valley Stream Boulevard.
This Memorial Day weekend, Long Island resounds with activity. No matter what your interest, or who you may be spending the weekend with, you’ll enjoy hours of fun and entertainment with single-day and multi-day events to satisfy everyone from aircraft enthusiasts and art lovers to carnival enthusiasts and parade spectators.