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

Governors Island Family Festival - Saturday, May 26, 2012

Most New Yorkers know Governors Island as "that place you take a ferry to that hosts all of the festivals" but did you know that it was actually an instrumental fort that helped us win the Revolutionary War? Because of the courageous soldiers who guard our nation, we're now able to think of the island as a destination rather than as a military base. This Memorial Day weekend, the island will be hosting the Governors Island Family Festival, a day of fun for families at Nolan Park with music, theater, dance, arts & crafts, face painting, maritime education and more and it's all free so don't miss it!

Central Park Memorial Day Walking Tour – Monday, May 28, 2012

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, please call (212) 794-4064, or click here.

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.

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