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Memorial Day events, parties and parades in NYC

If you didn't leave the city with the masses this Memorial Day weekend, there's no need to panic.

There is still much to do (and with fewer people), from watching a concert to relaxing at the beach.

Here are our picks for Memorial Day.

Sing with sailors, mingle with marines at Fleet Week (through May 28)

Fleet Week , when members of the U.S.
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

Fleet Week , when members of the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard will come ashore to meet New Yorkers, is here. Have fun at concerts, demonstrations, ship tours and participate in memorial services that taking place daily across most of the boroughs. We know a number of ways you could spend your days.

Summer by the Sea launch (May 24-27)

The Seaport District's weekly DJ series, Summer Sounds,
Photo Credit: C. Taylor Crothers

The Seaport District's weekly DJ series, Summer Sounds, is holding a prelaunch event on Friday at R17 with Blu Detinger; followed by Demedusa, Zan and Alex Goldstein on Saturday; Luca Tacon & Justin Miller, Brian and Kiki Kudo, and Glenn DJ Dreamtime on Sunday; and Hank Korsan on Monday. There will also be a sea-like art installation by Wade and Leta. The weekly DJ series recurs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and the art installations will rotate throughout the summer. (Free; 6 to 10 p.m.; Garden Bar on the Cobblestones; Pier 17;  seaportdistrict.nyc)

Ferry to Governors Island

The opening of Governors Island is a sure
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The opening of Governors Island is a sure sign of warmer, fun-filled days. Head to the 172-acre island for a day of cycling, picnicking, kayaking, free art exhibits and performances. Check out our story on things to do there.

Go swimming in a rooftop pool

Quite a few rooftop pools are already open
Photo Credit: The Williamsburg Hotel

Quite a few rooftop pools are already open for the summer, including The Rooftop and Pool at The Williamsburg Hotel (pictured). So grab your bathing suit and welcome summer as you take a plunge. The Williamsburg Hotel's pool is $65 for a day pass. Check out other rooftop pools in our roundup.

Hang at the Coney Island Art Walls

The Coney Island Art Walls are back for
Photo Credit: John Roca

The Coney Island Art Walls are back for the summer with a new project, "AMUSE," an infusion of art and culture featuring the artwork of Shepard Fairey, Ron English, and Kenny Scharf and others. There will also be a cube-shaped 20,000-square-foot tent where visitors can munch on comfort food and drink while they take in live performances.

Hit the beach, finally

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of
Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

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.

Memorial day brunch and happy hour

Have brunch on a Monday. Loreley Beer Garden
Photo Credit: Loreley Beer Garden

Have brunch on a Monday. Loreley Beer Garden will be serving brunch on Memorial Day weekend with $2 off select draft beers and $15 liter steins, $2 off wine and $25 bottled wine, and mini pancakes, red velvet waffles, steak and eggs and avocado toast. (7 Rivington St., Lower East Side, noon to 7 p.m., loreleynyc.com)

Salute veterans and active military in Brooklyn (May 27)

Brooklyn's 152nd Memorial Day Parade will be led
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Brooklyn's 152nd Memorial Day Parade will be led by former state senator grand marshal Marty Golden, who will be followed by the American Legion, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. After the parade, there will be a memorial service in Cannonball Park with bagpipes, a laying of wreaths, the raising of the flag, a 21-gun salute and a rendition of "Taps." (Free; 11 a.m.; Third Avenue at 78th Street, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn;  brooklynmemorialdayparade.com)

Say 'Thank you' to service members at the Queens parade (May 27)

The 92nd annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
Photo Credit: Newsday/Kevin P Coughlin

The 92nd annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade begins after a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument park at the Divine Wisdom schoolyard on Alameda Avenue and a veterans' continental breakfast. This year's grand marshal is Rear Adm. Jack Buono, who will lead the parade starting from Jayson Avenue. (Free; 2 p.m.; Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard;  lndmemorialday.org)

Party and cook out with House of Yes (May 27)

This red, white and blue-themed barbecue and party
Photo Credit: Kenny Rodriguez

This red, white and blue-themed barbecue and party will feature Eli Escobar and The Duchess all day long as you revel in the beginning of summer. (Free before 6 p.m. with Eventbrite RSVP, otherwise $10, 3 p.m. to midnight, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick, eventbrite.com)

See a concert in a cemetery (May 27)

One of New York City's holiday traditions, Green-Wood
Photo Credit: Green-Wood Historic Fund

One of New York City's holiday traditions, Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting its 21st annual Memorial Day Concert, featuring a performance from the New York City Symphonic Band at Third Street. Songs from late artists buried in the cemetery will be performed, including Leonard Bernstein, Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Paul Jabara. (Free, 2:30 to 5 p.m., 500 25th St., Brooklyn, eventbrite.com)

See a New York Philharmonic concert (May 27)

Join the New York Philharmonic for its annual
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Grant Lamos IV

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 Bruckner's Eighth. 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)

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