Gallery: 5 Free Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in NYC

Green-Wood Cemetery Memorial Day Concert and Mini Trolley Tour - Monday, May 28, 2012

Filling a Brooklyn cemetery where many veterans are laid to rest with melody, this free annual Memorial Day concert is a favorite way for many New Yorkers to pay tribute to our troops. Bring a blanket and enjoy the summer performance featuring the ISO Symphonic Band and the food and refreshments that will be on sale all day. Feel free to stick around afterwards for a trolley tour ($10) of Green-Wood featuring De Witt Clinton’s bronze statue, Battle Hill and the Civil War Soldiers’ Lot.

Central Park Memorial Day Walking Tour – Monday, May 26, 2014

Did you know that Central Park is home to many beautiful monuments memorializing those that gave their lives serving our country? We didn’t (as if the name “Grand Army Plaza” wasn’t a good enough clue to tip us off). The Central Park Conservancy will be treating people to a fascinating stroll through the city’s most famous park exploring how different generations of New Yorkers viewed it as a place to remember their veterans. For more information, click here. Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Potato Planting at the Lefferts Historic House – Monday, May 26, 2014

You probably never imagined yourself planting potatoes as part of a holiday weekend, but it’s definitely something to cross off your bucket list. Head on over to the Lefferts Historic House to help plant their annual potato crop and then challenge your family and friends to a potato sack race afterwards!

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  1. George Hill May 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    No matter what we do on Memorial Day, we must stop and remember why we are free to do these wonderful things.

    George Vreeland Hill