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Your guide to celebrating Memorial Day in Brooklyn

May 27, 2019 Meaghan McGoldrick
Here's your guide to Memorial Day in Brooklyn. Eagle file photo by Arthur de Gaeta
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Happy Memorial Day, Brooklyn! There’s plenty to do around the borough today if you’ve got the day off, but there’s some routine stuff that won’t be happening. Luckily, we’ve got you covered!

What’s happening?

The 152nd Annual Kings County Memorial Day Parade

The nation’s oldest Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday from the corner of Third Avenue and 78th Street in Bay Ridge. Former state Sen. Marty Golden will be the parade’s grand marshal. The entire American Legion will serve as the event’s deputy marshal in celebration of the group’s centennial anniversary.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

There will be a memorial service immediately following the parade at John Paul Jones Park a.k.a. Cannonball Park on Fourth Avenue and 101st Street.

Brooklyn beaches are open 

The beaches officially opened on Saturday, so grab your towel, your favorite swimsuit and get out there.


Free concert at Green-Wood Cemetery

Bring a blanket and enjoy this Memorial Day mainstay, now in its 21st year. The party starts at 2:30 p.m., but get there early to get a good spot and listen to the sweet sounds of The New York City Symphonic Band at Third Street, led by music director Paul Corn and hosted by guest conductor Brian P. Worsdale. The concert will also feature the musical works of Green-Wood’s permanent residents like Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein and more.

This event is free, but RSVPs are recommended. So is a donation to help Green-Wood.

A comedy show in Downtown Brooklyn

Amarachi, a restaurant at 189 Bridge St., is hosting a Memorial Day comedy show. The lineup is “fire,” according to a flier, and features comedians Onika McLean, Tino Romero, Prince Kurt Russel and Sandy Ciriello. Hosted by Kim-Alexis, the event is from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include happy hour drink specials.

For more info or to buy a ticket, check out Eventbrite.

YES Memorial Day Party

House of Yes, a Bushwick nightclub rooted in a former ice warehouse, will host its fourth annual, 21+ Memorial Day shindig. A landing page for the party promises, and we quote, “hot meat, dirty dancing and delicious chillness” — and music by Eli Escobar and The Dutchess. Also “hot tub surprises.”

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. No re-entry after 6 p.m. Party starts at 3 p.m. at 2 Wyckoff Ave.

What’s not happening?

Garbage pickup

There will be no garbage, recycling or organic collection on Memorial Day. There will also be no street cleaning. Residents who normally receive Monday trash and organics collection are advised to bring their trash to the curb after 4 p.m. Monday for collection. Those who receive Monday recycling collection will have to wait until 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2 for collection on Monday, June 3.

Mail delivery

Your post-person has the day off, too.

Alternate side parking

At least you can park! Alternate side parking regulations are suspended Monday.

What’s closed?

Government buildings

City, state and federal government buildings, including courts and post offices, are closed for Memorial Day.

Schools, banks and libraries

New York City public schools are closed for the holiday. As are most banks. All New York Public and Brooklyn Public Library branches will be closed both Sunday and Monday.

Probably some Brooklyn businesses

Check in with your favorite restaurant for holiday hours before making any meal plans. Same goes for any shopping you might do. Every business observes differently!

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