When it comes to spending Memorial Day weekend in Midtown Manhattan, almost any spot is the best spot. This is especially true when you consider the fact that there are two huge public areas in Midtown Manhattan. The city launched a program called Green Light for Midtown, which includes parts of Broadway through both Herald Square and Times Square. These areas do not permit traffic, leaving pedestrians with plenty of room to enjoy the attractions safely. The pedestrian plazas being created are between 33rd and 25th street as well as between 42nd Street and 47th Street.
There are many exciting street fairs in Midtown Manhattan taking place on Memorial Day weekend, including Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. This event features local artists displaying and selling their work. Other artists come from all over the world to participate in this festival. Locals, tourists and students and professors of nearby universities such as NYU and Columbia, attend this event every year.
Another exciting event that takes place on Memorial Day weekend is the Fleet Week Parade. This famous parade is held every year to honor the men and women of the United States Military. A parade of ships travels the length of the Hudson River as part of Fleet Week celebrations. Attendees of the parade often get in on the festivities by waving their flags and playing their musical instruments. The end of the performance is marked with a bugle performance and the official lying of a wreath.
The New York Philharmonic performs every year on Memorial Day. This year the performance is being held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the divine.
Anyone attending any of these events from out of town should try to stay at a Times Square hotel, allowing them easy access to these events.