If there’s one thing Long Islanders know how to do, it’s praise this country’s servicemen and women and remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice. That solemn respect will be on full display across the island during the entire stretch of Memorial Day weekend.
And with its position on the North Shore of Long Island, the Inn at Fox Hollow is situated perfectly to act as a home base for anyone looking to observe Memorial Day in the proper fashion. Events range from parades in various communities, to children events, to the iconic air show at Jones Beach, to barbecues and beach days—so no matter how you choose to spend the extended weekend, Long Island likely has the right events lined up.
Memorial Day Events
When: Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. (meet at 9:40 a.m.)
Where: Participants will meet on 10th Street between Cherry Valley Avenue and Hilton Avenue. The parade will conclude at the Garden City Library, just west of the gazebo.
When: Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m.
Where: The opening ceremony will start at Monument Park. The parade will follow at noon and will go from School Street, through downtown Glen Cove, to the Glen Cove Public Library.
When: Monday, May 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The parade will start at Raynham Hall Museum (20 West Main St.). After the parade, all are welcome to free ice cream, lemonade, popcorn, old-fashioned games and music.
When: Monday, May 27, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: The lineup for this parade will be at 700 Old Country Rd. The parade will last about an hour, ending at Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park on Washington Avenue.
Jones Beach Air Show
2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
When: May 24, 25, 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh
The 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach features high-flying stunts from world-renowned military and civilian performers on May 24, 25, and 26. Can’t make it to the weekend shows? Head to Jones Beach on Friday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a full practice. The 16th annual air show will feature Sean D. Tucker and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the United States Army Golden Knights and more. The show is free ($10 parking fee, Empire Passports will be accepted). The toll plaza will be closed—cars can pay directly in the parking field. For more information, visit airshow.jonesbeach.com/.
For The KidsPrecious Poppies at the Long Island Children's Museum
When: Saturday, May 26, 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
Did you know that the Friday before Memorial Day is celebrated as National Poppy Day? Want to find out why? Come down to the Long Island’s Children’s Museum—for ages 3 and up, free with $13 museum admission. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and is commonly worn on Memorial Day to honor soldiers’ brave sacrifice for our freedom. Pay tribute this Memorial Day weekend and create your own red poppy flower with tissue paper and craft materials.
Decoration Day at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
When: Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage
Come experience how Memorial Day was observed in the 1870s at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. This remembrance of service members who sacrificed their lives will feature historic craft demonstrations, brass band concerts, a ceremony, and a parade at 2:15 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 5-12, $7 for seniors, and free for children 4 and under and active military members.