Memorial Day in New York 2021
Memorial Day in New York is the day to honour all the people who died during the war. Memorial Day coincides with the start of the summer season, so it is not just a sad day. There are many events on this day.
What is Memorial Day?
On Memorial Day, all men and women who died while serving the armed forces of the United States are honoured.
When is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday of May so the date changes each year. In 2021, Memorial Day will be on May 31.
Why is it called Memorial Day?
Initially, Memorial Day was a day to honour the Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, this changed into a day to honour all men and women who died in a war or military service. Before World War II, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day.
What can you expect on Memorial Day?
During Memorial Day, many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honour those the deceased. Also, the American flag is hung at half-mast. Memorial Day is becoming less of a day of remembrance because it also marks the start of the summer season for cultural events. Many people choose to spend this day, and the weekend prior to Memorial Day, with their families, having picnics and going to sporting events. A tradition for the fashion world is that on this day wearing white becomes acceptable again, until Labor Day. Only a few people still follow this and white is now worn throughout the year. This “rule” was coined by the rich who claimed: “white is for weddings and for resorts, not for dinner in the fall”.
What can you do on Memorial Day?
Because Memorial Day also marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season (the summer solstice is not until June 20th), beaches re-open. If you do explore one of New York’s most unique places, Governors Island, on Memorial Day, you will be treated to free live music and other entertainment for kids.
Many New Yorkers leave the city to go to do more things outside, like going to one of the bigger beaches out-of-town or to spend time with their families, like having a barbecue. However, staying in New York to appreciate one of the city beaches can be a lot of fun. For example, in addition to Coney Island opening up on Memorial Day, the New York Aquarium (same location) also re-opens the same day. A great activity for the whole family. If you are still looking for fun things to do while at Coney Island, check out Luna Park and ride the world-famous Cyclone!
Tips for Memorial Day
Feel like just taking a walk outside in the warm weather? Then take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, which is also celebrating its birthday this same weekend. Another fun New York tradition is Fleet Week, which is the annual time when the U.S. military sea services visit the city. So, it’s a great time to say hello to a sailor! Not only are the Navy, Coastal Guard, and Marines walking about the streets, but there are air shows and other events taking place in the city. Want to see more? Then, check out the Intrepid Museum Sea, Air and Space Museum on Memorial Day for related events.