Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend in Queens
Things To Do In Queens Over The Memorial Day Weekend of 2020
May 14, 2020 / Things To Do Queens NY / Queens Buzz NYC.
I know Memorial Day Weekend is fully a week away, but given it's such a changed landscape due to the CoVid pandemic, I thought you might want more time to think about how you're going to spend the weekend.
Weather. As of this posting the weather forecast is as follows. The Temperature highs will be in the low to mid 70's and the temperature lows will be around 60 all three days of the long weekend. There's a 20% chance of rain all weekend. Winds will range between 5 - 10 mph all weekend. The Humidity will be around 50% throughout the weekend. Click for an up-to-date forecast of Queens Weekend Weather.
Normally the things to do in Queens, include art exhibitions, theater, live music, comedy, dance, shopping, outdoor activities such as soccer, kyaking, baseball, parades, street fairs, museums and dining in the Astoria, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Long Island City, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jamaica, Forest Hills, Flushing, Corona neighborhoods in Queens NY.
But this year - as you know - is very different, because we're in the beginning or middle of the CoVid pandemic. So while we'll show you a full listing of Memorial Day events, we'll note which are available this year.
Be sure to check our Memorial Day Weekend things to do post mid afternoon Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.
Brief History of the Memorial Day Holiday in Queens
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 Events In Queens 2020
According to a March 27, 2020 report in Military News the U.S. Navy cancelled Fleet Week due to the CoVid pandemic. The annual celebratory week in NYC was originally scheduled to run from Wednesday, May 20 to Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Unfortunately this year attending the Memorial Day Parade in Douglaston - Little Neck that normally begins between 11 am - 12 noon, as well as the Queens street fairs in Queens NYC, don't appear to options due to the CoVid pandemic. That's not the only activity that will not be available to us, as attending Queens parades NYC, watching theater, visiting the Queens art museums NYC, and eating out at one of the Queens restaurants NYC also won't be available come Memorial Day Weekend.
But things are slowly moving in the right direction. For example you can obtain restaurant food via delivery or carry out - we posted some of the restaurants performing this service as of Mother's Day in our Mother's Day Restaurants in Queens report.
Unfortunately shopping in Queens, will also be limited to groceries, pharmacies and home improvement stores [aka essential services], but local Queens farmers markets in Queens NYC are classified as an essential service, so that provides another outing option.
You can also go bicycling around Queens so be mindful to observe the rules of the road [click link]. The 5 Boro Bike Ride 2020 was cancelled and unfortunately could not be re-scheduled, so we'll all have to wait until 2021 [hopefully].
So there are some things happening right here in our favorite borough - Queens. Click here to obtain information about things to do Memorial Day Weekend 2020 in Queens. This events calendar is updated monthly with about 100 different Queens fun / cultural events. Visit the front page of Queens Buzz on Friday for updates.
Queens Public & Private Parks & Swimming Pools
Queens has a number of New York City Parks, most of which will be open, including the restrooms which will be cleaned daily with disinfectants.
But the normal park service options aren't available during the CoVid pandemic. These include no barbeques, no team sports and both the public swimming pools and the playgrounds will remain closed. But the beaches in other boroughs will be open, although no swimming will be allowed and the beaches will only be open for limited periods - generally from 10 am - 6 pm. NYS public marinas are open for non-commercial activities.
Queens has one of the best collection of parks and golf courses in the NY Metro area, if not the best. Queens has at least 17 great parks. Click here for a listing of the Queens Parks 2020 including maps showing their locations along with a bit of park history.
Golfing In Queens - Currently Closed due to CoVid 19
Queens has four golf courses and NORMALLY all of them are open over the Memorial Day Weekend - but not this year [May 2020]. Click here for details about Queens Golf Courses 2020 including maps and links to the operators' websites. Brooklyn also has two golf courses, and both Staten Island and the Bronx each have three golf courses - again normally they're open over the Memorial Day Weekend - but as of this posting they'll be closed.
Click here to view the rest of our report of things to do Memorial Day Weekend in Queens. And we'll have more to add by Friday.
Memorial Day Weekend In Queens 2020
Things To Do In Queens, Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Corona, Jamaica & Bayside Over The Memorial Day Weekend
May 14, 2020 / Things To Do Queens NY / Queens Buzz NYC. Continued.
WHAT FOLLOWS IS MOSTLY ON HOLD (except biking & some of the park activities ) PENDING THE COVID PANDEMIC OF SPRING 2020, but it might give you a few ideas, and you can always call to be sure.
I'LL UPDATE AS WE APPROACH THE DAY TO SEE WHAT - IF ANYTHING - HAS CHANGED. 5.14.20.
Street Fairs Memorial Day Weekend in Queens
On Memorial Day Weekend in Queens there are a number of farmers markets and street fairs planned in Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Astoria. Click here to view the Queens farmers markets, including dates, times and map links.
Shopping In Queens
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping during the pleasant weekend weather. Click here to view our shopping sections of the following neighborhoods: Astoria Shopping, LIC Shopping, Sunnyside Shopping, Woodside Shopping, Jackson Heights Shopping.
Each of these shopping sections includes links to home pages, which have slide shows of merchandise as well as maps, store hours, phone numbers and telephone numbers.
Queens has a long and growing list of bike paths. Click here to view bicycling events in Queens. And we're working on a useable map of bike trails in Queens, since we couldn't find one we liked.
Kyaking Along the East River in Queens
Click here to view a story about kyaking along the East River in Queens with the LIC Boathouse. Click here to view the date, time, map link and site link to the LIC Boathouse which sponsors kyaking along the East River in Queens on Memorial Day Weekend.
Food in Queens has always been good. The authentic ethnic restaurant choices are difficult to match anywhere, and the prices too. Click here to view the Queens Restaurants section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review.
Celebrity Music Festival in Jamaica
There's a celebration going on down at Roy Wilkins Park on Sunday or Monday. There will be performances of Afro Caribbean music.
Or visit one of the Memorial Day Weekend Street Fairs in Queens.
Theater in Queens - Memorial Day Weekend 2020
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Queens Events Calendar to see what's doing this Memorial Day weekend theater in Queens.
Art Exhibits In Queens - Memorial Day Weekend
Click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits in Queens this Memorial Day weekend.
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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