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Memorial Day Weekend 2021

May 27, 2021

Memorial Day is nearly upon us, and with it comes the unofficial start of summer in the city! If you’re still not sure about how to celebrate the holiday weekend this year, we’ve got you covered. There are some great events and goings-on in NYC happening for the upcoming three-day weekend… read ahead to learn more! 

Check out Tall Ship Wavertree 

Opening free to the public on Saturday, May 29th, the South Street Seaport Museum will host self-guided tours through the tall ship Wavertree every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11am-5pm now through October 2021. The permanently-moored 1885 ship offers a fascinating glimpse into New York’s seaport history. Be sure to check out the Seaport Museum’s new outdoor exhibit at Pier 16 as well--also free and open to the public. Tickets for touring the ship can be secured in advance here.


Take a Dip at Gateway  

The pool at Gateway officially reopens this Saturday, May 29th! Gateway residents can enjoy a dip in our private pool, perfect for cooling off as the days get warmer. Afterwards, lounge poolside while soaking in the sun and the epic waterfront views. The pool will be open daily from 9:30am-7:00pm, and residents are asked to reserve their spot in advance via the resident portal to help maintain safe capacity limits. We can’t wait to welcome you back!


Visit Little Island

The much-anticipated new park Little Island has finally opened on New York’s west side! Located at Pier 55, the park hovers over the Hudson River and offers a unique way to enjoy both the beauty of nature and the city’s thriving cultural scene. Little Island is open daily, with timed ticket entry required from noon till close to ensure staff and visitor safety--book tickets in advance here.


(Photo courtesy of @charltoncabangon)

Attend a Memorial Day Parade

Honor those who have sacrificed their lives for this great country by attending the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade. Led by Catholic war veterans as a tribute to fallen soldiers and their families, the parade route begins on Monday, May 31st at 11am on Third Avenue and 78th Street in Bay Ridge, will proceed along Fourth Avenue and ends with a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton. One of the oldest parades in Brooklyn, the parade is now in its 154th year!


Cruise Through a Military History Boat Tour  

Classic Harbor Line hosts tours of New York Harbor’s military history via comfortable and climate-controlled yachts. The two-hour, in-depth tour provides information on New York’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, World War II, and more, with educated tour guides pointing out significant harbor points and their modern day transformations. Reservations come complete with a free round of drinks and are free for World War II veterans. Find tickets here.


From all of us at Gateway, we hope you enjoy a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend! Show us how you’re spending the holiday weekend, and honoring those we’ve lost, by tagging #YourGateway.