Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend In Queens NYC - Memorial Day Events & Parades in QNS NYC

May 24, 2024 at 12:15 am by mikewood

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Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend in Queens NYC

Things To Do In Queens Over The Memorial Day Weekend of 2024

Updated May 23, 2024 from 5/21/24 / Things To Do Queens NY / Queens Buzz NYC.

queens memorial day weekend things to do memorial day queens nycThis is a report containing things to do in Queens over the Memorial Day Weekend, including Memorial Day Parades in Queens with links to the other boroughs of NYC. 

NYC Weather Forecast as of 5.23.24. The temperature highs will fall from the mid 80's on Friday to about 70 on Monday, The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 60's all four days of the long weekend. No rain is in the forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but on Monday there's about an inch of rain expected, but when and how much has been changing, so stay tuned. The winds will be 5 - 10 mph Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then kicking up to 10 - 15 mph on Monday. The humidity increases from 45% - 55% on Friday, to 45% - 75% on Saturday, and then continuing to rise to 70 - 80% on Sunday and 80% - 90% on Monday. Three out of four days isn't bad, and the last day, Memorial Day, is still a bit of a wild card.

The things to do in Queens on Memorial Day Weekend 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 NYC.

Be sure to check our Memorial Day Weekend things to do on Friday afternoon leading into the Memorial Day Weekend in Queens NYC.


Brief History of the Memorial Day Holiday in Queens NYC

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 Weekend In Queens NYC 2024

Things To Do In Queens, Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Corona, Jamaica & Bayside Over The Memorial Day Weekend

street festivals in QueensUpdated May 23, 2024 from 5/21/24 / Things To Do Queens NY / Queens Buzz NYC. Continued.


Queens Memorial Day Parades & Events 2024

CLICK this link to view suggestions, in addition to those below, for things to do this weekend in Queens NYC - this weekend events Qns. We're starting to update these weekly, but haven't yet hit full stride.

  • * Saturday, May 25, 2024 from 11 am to 1 pm - Memorial Day Service with the Scouts - at 127-15 Kew Gardens Road near the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens. The playing of taps and the reading of those killed in the various wars in which the U.S. has been involved, who are buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery. For details copy & paste - https://www.friendsofmaplegrove.org/events/sat-5-25-24-memorial-day-service-at-11-am-with-scout-troop-177
  • * Sunday, May 26, 2024 beginning at 2 pm, the 103nd College Point Memorial Day Parade marches from 28th Avenue and College Point to MacNeil Park in College Point. For details see - https://www.facebook.com/CPmemorialdayparade/.
  • * Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 1 - 3 pm, the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade marches from Walter Garlinge Memorial Park at 72nd Street and Grand Avenue in Maspeth. The parade marches down Grand Avenue ending at 69th Street at Maspeth Memorial Park where there will be a ceremony and community gathering. ECCA antique autos are participating in the parade. For details see - https://www.maspethfederal.com/about/events-hub/memorial-day-parade/
  • * Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 11 am - 2 pm, the American Legion Forest Hills Memorial Day Weekend Parade. The opening ceremony begins at 11 am and the parade begins at 12 noon, marching from Ascan Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue [home of the Legion Post] to St. Johns Cemetery at Cooper and Metropolitan Avenues in Forest Hills. ECCA antique autos are participating in the parade.
  • * Monday, May 27, 2024 beginning at 9 am - Laurelton Memorial Day Parade. The parade begins at Merrick and Francis Lewis Blvd and ends at the Veterans Memorial Triangle at 225th Street. https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/laurelton/
  • * Monday, May 27, 2023 the Douglaston - Little Neck Memorial Day Parade begins at 2 pm at Jayson Avenue marching southwest along Northern Blvd and ending at 245th Street in Douglaston, near the Zion Episcopal Church. This is said to be the biggest Memorial Day Parade in the city. There are related activities leading up to the parade that begin at 10 am. For details see - https://www.lndmemorialday.org
  • * [TIME UNPUBLISHED SO 2023 SHOWING HERE] Monday, May 27, 2024 from 11 am - 1 pm the Ridgewood / Glendale Myrtle Avenue 86th Memorial Day Parade - Begins at Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Avenue, marching down to Cooper Avenue. There will be short ceremonies at both the beginning and end of the parade. Organized by the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale. ECCA antique autos are participating in the parade. For details see - http://www.myrtleavenuememorialparade.org/
  • * [TIME UNCONFIRMED - TO CHECK TIME CALL 347.706.8237] Monday, May 27, 2024 beginning at 8 am [it was 11.30 am in 2023] the Whitestone Memorial Day Parade marches from 149th Street and 15th Drive to [not sure of end destination]. It begins with a ceremony at 11.30 am and the parade steps off at 12.15 pm. Organized by the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association. Tel 718.767.4323. For details copy & paste - https://whitestonemerchants.com/listings/whitestone-memorial/ or FB - https://www.facebook.com/WVMA11357
  • * Monday, May 27, 2024 begins at 11 am - the Rosedale Memorial Day Parade. It begins at 243rd Street and Mayda Road in Rosedale, then to Memorial Square on Sunrise Highway and then to Brookville Park where there will be music and a gathering. For details copy & paste - https://www.facebook.com/RCA1946/

CLICK this link to view a schedule of all of the Memorial Day Parades in NYC - all 5 boroughs that we know about.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC.


Also this weekend there are Queens street fairs in Queens NYC. All of the big events are back to their full prepandemic schedules, including the Queens parades NYC. Other activities not available last year like watching theater and visiting the Queens art museums NYC are also offering full slates of activities.

Eating out at one of the Queens restaurants NYC is also a great way to spend some time. We posted some restaurants suggestions for Mother's Day in our Mother's Day Restaurants in Queens report.

Also, shopping in Queens, including visiting local Queens farmers markets in Queens NYC in order to find fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, fish and condiments for a family & friends barbeque is a nice way to relax. The farmers markets openings this year are in line with the traditions of prepandemic years..

You can also go bicycling around Queens so be mindful to observe the rules of the road [click link] to ensure a safe outing. The 5 Boro Bike Ride 2024 went off without a hitch, again this year.

Many things are happening right here in our favorite borough - Queens. Click here to obtain information about things to do Memorial Day Weekend 2024 in Queens. The events calendar is traditionally updated monthly with about 100 different Queens fun / cultural events. Visit the front page of Queens Buzz on Friday for weekend updates. Use this link to see our Queens weekend events calendar NYC which we're in the process of bringing back up to date.


Queens Public & Private Parks & Swimming Pools

Queens has a number of New York City Parks, which will be mostly open / back to normal.  Here are some highlights. 

New York City beaches will re-open for swimming on Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 25, 2024 and remain open through September 10, 2023. The city outdoor pools will reopen on Thursday, June 27, 2024.

City playgrounds, golf courses and driving ranges, skate parks and grilling areas are all open.  Dog runs, basketball, handball, tennis, bocce, and volleyball courts have also re-opened.

All NYC Parks recreation centers and nature centers are open.
The City's historic houses and museums are open to the public. Check individual house museum websites  for updated hours and visitor information.  The Wildlife Conservation Society zoos and aquarium are open to the public this weekend.

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 2023 including maps showing their locations along with a bit of park history.


Golfing In Queens Now Open

Queens has four golf courses and all of them are open over the Memorial Day Weekend. Click here for details about Queens Golf Courses 2024 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 - and they're open over the Memorial Day Weekend.


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.


bike shops in queensBicycling in Queens

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.


memorial day weekend things to do queens restaurants in QueensMemorial Day Weekend Dining in Queens

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

In prior years there was a celebration going on down at Roy Wilkins Park on Sunday or Monday of Memorial Day with the Groovin' in the Park festival. This year the festival is scheduled for June 25, 2023, where 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

queens memorial day weekend things to do in queens memorial day weekendClick 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

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More events will be added to the Front Pages of each of these sites on Friday.

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