Springtime is arguably the best time to live in New York and New Jersey – and not just because the weather is usually as close to perfect as it gets. From parades to concerts to one of the most popular holiday weekends of the calendar year, the Metropolitan area is in full bloom. Here are just a few terrific ways to celebrate spring:
Movie Mania – May 17-Summer
What greater pleasure is there than sitting under the stars watching free movies with thousands of other New Yorkers? May brings with it the start of free summer movies – from first-run blockbusters like Ghostbusters 2 to classics like Rocky! For a complete schedule of this year’s NYC Parks Free Summer Movies series, click here.
Meanwhile, the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival runs June 20 through the end of August.
Salute the Troops – May 21-30
Kicking off with Armed Forces Day and culminating with Memorial Day, it’s a time of year when we pay special tribute to the brave men and women who serve in the United States armed forces.
NYC’s biggest Memorial Day parade happens at 1pm on Grand Avenue at 72nd Street in Queens on Sunday, May 29.
All of the other city parades commence on Monday the 30th. The 149-year-old Brooklyn parade starts in Bay Ridge at 101 Street and 4th Avenue at 10am and ends at John Paul Jones Park for the memorial service.
Manhattan’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Day Observance takes place at Riverside Drive and 89th Street at 10am. Staten Isand’s Memorial Day Parade starts on Forest Avenue at noon. The Bronx’s Memorial Day Parade is on City Island at 2:30 pm.
And don’t forget Fleet Week – when hordes of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen pack the city for a variety of patriotic and fun-filled events.
For more information on Memorial Day events in the Big Apple, click here.
Meanwhile, in North Jersey will host major parades in Bedminster, Bergenfield, Bloomingdale & Butler, Dover, Hackettstown, Livingston, Morris Plains, New Providence, Oakland and Wyckoff.
For more information on Memorial Day events in North Jersey, click here.
Please Don’t Stop the Music – Ongoing
From the Piano Man to the Queen of Soul, there’s no shortage of world-class pop and rock superstars coming to New York and New Jersey this spring. So get your tickets now!
- Todd Rungren – May 27, NJPAC
- Billy Joel – May 27 & June 17, Madison Square Garden
- Selena Gomez – June 2, Prudential Center
- Dixie Chicks – June 13, Madison Square Garden
- Aretha Franklin – June 16, NJPAC
- The Cure – June 18-20, Madison Square Garden
- Sting & Peter Gabriel – June 27, Madison Square Garden
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Show Your Pride – June 5-26
New York is the birthplace of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. So every year in June, the city turns rainbow-colored in celebration of Lesbian & Gay Pride. The first major celebration is Queens Pride, which happens on June 5. Not to be outdone by its next-door neighbor, Brooklyn Pride bursts wide open on June 11.
North Jersey Pride is also a major to-do and happens a bit earlier, from June 5-12, ending in a giant celebration in Maplewood. Click here for complete info.
But the biggest event is the annual Pride March, which kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 26. Thousands line the streets to see the colorful and flamboyant floats and marchers, beginning at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and stretching to Christopher and Greenwich Streets. For your complete guide to NYC Pride, click here.
Hit the Beach – June 20
It’s the first day of summer! So break out the suntan lotion and your cute new suit and head to the ocean fast! Here’s a list of the best beaches in New York. And if you’re more of a Jersey Shore type, your cup runneth over with an endless array of sandy retreats. Click here for those!
Remember to visit Edison ParkFast to find the best parking for these awesome May-June events. And we wish you the best spring ever!