Memorial Day Weekend in Lower Manhattan

Memorial Day Weekend in Lower Manhattan

After a brutal winter and a short-lived spring, the unofficial start of summer is finally here. There’s no need to be jealous of your friends leaving NYC for the holiday, because it’s a great weekend to spend in the city that never sleeps. In addition to all the barbecue, beer and beaches, Memorial Day Weekend overlaps with Fleet Week, so there are plenty of local happenings and fun ways to honor our troops.

Avoid the traffic leaving the city by staying where you are and checking out these fun activities in and around Lower Manhattan.

Fleet Week NYC

Every year, civilians, service members and veterans alike descend upon NYC to honor the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps through a series of events and celebrations. This year’s highlights include:

Fleet Week at the Intrepid: All weekend, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host live performances, interactive displays, talks, demonstrations, movie screenings and more — all free and open to the public. Check their website for more information. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue

Drinks on the Links: Head to Bryant Park on Saturday from 3 to 6pm to sip booze on a porch swing at the Southwest Porch outdoor lounge. Two live music sets will take place at 3:30pm and 5pm. Service members in uniform can receive discounted drinks from the bar. Bryant Park, 41 West 40th Street

Fleet Week Silent Disco: Get in on the silent disco trend, where attendees listen and dance to DJ tunes solely from wireless headphones, Saturday night from 11pm to 3am. Service members in uniform receive free admission, and cocktails are only $8 for everyone before midnight. Get your tickets here. Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street

Many NYC establishments all over the city will be serving discounted food and drinks to service members over the weekend. If this applies to you, be sure to don your uniform — it will warrant you some great deals, not to mention plenty of high fives and salutes walking down the street.

9/11 Memorial Museum

There’s no more powerful way to pay your respects this weekend than by visiting the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. It may not be the happiest place in the world, but it will leave you feeling truly moved and reverent. Current exhibitions include one of 33 covers from The New Yorker depicting the Twin Towers before and after 9/11, as well as a display of over 500 photographs captured between September 12 and 16, 2001.

Late Friday Night at Governors Island

For the first time this year, Governors Island will stay open late until 10pm on Friday, May 25. Hop on the ferry and head over to watch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline, or rent a bike and pedal your way around the island. Food and drinks, including gourmet ice cream, tacos, tropical cocktails and craft beer, will be available for purchase. More details here.

Clinton Hall’s Memorial Day Gigawatt IPA Official Release Party

Work your way down to the Seaport to try craft brewery Clinton Hall’s first ever custom IPA for just $5 a glass all day long on Memorial Day. Active or retired service members receive their beers for free! In partnership with Bronx Brewery, the Gigawatt IPA is a 7.8% New England-style IPA with tropical aromas and rich biscuit-flavored undertones.  Clinton Hall’s brand new location in the Seaport features outdoor seating, bright indoor space, foosball, ping pong and arcade games. More information can be found here.

For more on Lower Manhattan happenings all throughout the summer, visit the Q&A Hotel blog.