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Memorial Day NYC: Events, parties and more to do this weekend

Not leaving the city this Memorial Day? No problem.

Many may choose to escape to beach houses and barbecues during the holiday, but there's plenty to do for those still looking for a plan.

Here are our picks for the Memorial Day weekend.

See a concert in a cemetery (May 28)

One of New York City's holiday traditions, Green-Wood
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One of New York City's holiday traditions, Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting its 20th annual Memorial Day Concert, featuring a performance from the ISO Symphonic Band and Orchestra. Songs from late artists buried in the cemetery will be performed, including Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Paul Jabara. This year will celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, who is also buried there. (Free, 2:30 to 5 p.m., 500 25th St., Brooklyn, green-wood.com)

Cruise around the city with beer in hand

Yacht companies are hosting Memorial Day cruises around
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Yacht companies are hosting Memorial Day cruises around the city, which may not be the worst way to start off the summer. Check out Hornblower Cruises, Liberty Boat and another at the Midtown Skyport.

Catch a movie under the stars

Enjoy a summer outdoor movie screening this weekend.
Photo Credit: Randall's Island

Enjoy a summer outdoor movie screening this weekend. Here's what is playing:

June 22: "Wonder Woman" (rain date: June 29) on Roosevelt Island, 7 p.m.; "La Bûche" by Danièle Thompson at Transmitter Park (Brooklyn), sunset; "The Gospel of Eureka" at New Design High School on the Lower East Side, 8 p.m.; "Wonder Woman"

at Randall's Island Park, 8:30 p.m.; "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water" at Seaside wildlife Nature Park, 8 p.m.; "Yogi Bear" at Farber Park, 8 p.m.

June 23: "En El Séptimo Día" at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park (free), 8 p.m.; "Dunkirk" at Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field, 8 p.m.

June 24: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Sheepshead Playground, 8:30 p.m.

Here's a full lineup of movies this summer.

Party and cook out with House of Yes (May 28)

This red, white and blue-themed barbecue and party
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This red, white and blue-themed barbecue and party will feature Eli Escobar and David Kiss all day long as you revel in the beginning of summer. (Free before 6 p.m. with Eventbrite RSVP, otherwise $8, 2 p.m. to midnight, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick, eventbrite.com)

New York Philharmonic concert (May 28)

Join the New York Philharmonic for its annual
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Join the New York Philharmonic for its annual Memorial Day concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This year's program will feature Vaughan Williams's "Fantasia on a Theme" by Thomas Tallis and Saint-Saëns's "Organ Symphony." Tickets are handed out starting at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis and go fast, so line up early if you want a spot. (1047 Amsterdam Ave., Morningside Heights, 8 p.m., nyphil.org)

Hit the beach, finally

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of
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Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of beach season in New York City, and there are plenty of sunbathing and swimming spots open to the public. Head to the city's best beaches, like Fort Tilden, Brighton Beach or Coney Island to soak in the sun, people watch, Rockaway Beach to surf and Orchard Beach to observe its range of wildlife.

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