For New Yorkers, Memorial Day weekend functions as the unofficial starting point of summer: barbeques, festivals, Central Park picnics, and warm weather draw the city out of its slumber and the streets spring to life. There’s something special about spending this long weekend in the city, celebrating the return of the sun – no matter if you’re attending Memorial Day events, indulging in seasonal dishes and drinks, or visiting family-friendly destinations.
The New York Palace offers a great start to your Memorial Day weekend in NYC! Book The New York Palace Memorial Week Special to receive up to 20% off accommodation and stay steps away from all that NYC has to offer this holiday weekend.
Memorial Day Weekend Events in NYC
New York Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
8 p.m., May 25
One of New York City’s most esteemed venues hosts one of the world’s premier musical collectives this coming Memorial Day – and entry is absolutely free. The New York Philharmonic will play at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 25. The church, located in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, boasts rich acoustics in its 2,200-capacity space.
Fleet Week New York
various locations in NYC
May 18 – May 26
One of the city’s most patriotic bi-annual events overlaps with Memorial Day weekend this spring. Fleet Week brings thousands of members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy to New York City to celebrate with live demos, band concerts, parades, and much more.
Military Band Concert
Military Plaza (43rd – 44th Street + Broadway in Times Square)
5 p.m., May 23
This free, open-air concert will lend Times Square an uncharacteristically refined flair on the evening of Saturday, May 23. The lineup includes the U.S. Coast Guard’s Silent Drill Team and the Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” group.
Memorial Day Weekend Cuisine + Cocktails
Whether you’re interested in breakfast, brunch, dinner or a midnight snack, New York City offers myriad options – classic, new, affordable, and high-end. Explore some of the top restaurants within walking distance of The Palace to enjoy the complete NYC experience this holiday weekend.
40 Central Park South
Brunch is practically a New York City institution, and Sarabeth’s is a standard of the high-end NYC brunch scene. Situated across the street from Central Park, Sarabeth’s is known for its comprehensive menu of omelettes, entrees, and flaky, ever-so-sweet desserts. Don’t forget to order a Pickled Bloody Mary – holiday weekends are for celebrating, after all.
667 Lexington Avenue
This tiny café, tucked into an unremarkable storefront on Lexington Avenue, serves breakfast bites and espresso drinks that stand among the city’s best. Locals come to Little Collins for Aussie-inflected favorites like the Flat White – a light, fluffy, espresso-based mini-latte – and smashed Avocado Toast, sprinkled with chili flakes and pumpkin seeds.
455 Madison Avenue (enter beneath The New York Palace’s Lobby Grand Staircase)
Trouble’s Trust provides a refined respite after a busy day of exploring the city. The bar’s carefully crafted cocktails complement its modern design theme, coming together to create one of Midtown’s most unique nightlife experiences. The bar serves specialty and vintage specialty cocktails, beer, wine, fine spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages daily from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
NYC Sightseeing Options on Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend offers one of the first opportunities for NYC locals and visitors to get outside, soak up the sun and relax in some of the city’s shared spaces. It’s also a great weekend for exploring New York City attractions well-known, off-the-beaten-path, and everywhere in between.
Sheep Meadow Picnic at Central Park
65th Street Transverse
Gather some provisions, head uptown to New York City’s most fabled green space, toss down a blanket and relax. It’s the weekend activity of choice for thousands of New Yorkers for a reason: there’s no sensation quite like basking in the sun’s rays while taking in Midtown’s skyline behind the park’s tree line.
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
Open Saturday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
The Morgan Library & Museum and The New York Palace have in common their status as pieces of the city’s living history. This museum – located a few blocks from the hotel in Midtown – blends the elegance of its triple-tier bronze-and-Circassian walnut bookshelves with a surprisingly contemporary collection of exhibits housed in a Renzo Piano-designed addition.
“Iconic Paintings of New York City” at the Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
Open Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
The Museum of Arts and Design (or MAD) showcases the city-centric Photorealist-style paintings of Richard Estes, a quintessential New York artist. Pulled from the mid-1960s through present day, showcasing the full range of Estes’ work and the scope of the city’s grand changes over the past 50 years.
Book now and receive a guaranteed upgrade to a Premier Skyline View Room
The most scenic way to enjoy New York City over the upcoming holiday weekend is The New York Palace’s Memorial Week Special. Stay at The New York Palace Memorial Day Monday, or the Sunday before Memorial Day to receive up to 20% off accommodation.
*Terms and Conditions: Must stay Memorial Day Monday or Sunday before Memorial Day. Early Departures will be charged the full length of the reservation.