Memorial Day marks the start of summer. The special holiday is all about welcoming the warmer months ahead while also paying tribute to those who bravely defend and protect the US every day. Here are a few ideas for what to do on the Upper West Side for Memorial Day 2019!

Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park

Memorial Day 2019 Riverside Park

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Stroll over to Riverside Park and appreciate the significance behind Memorial Day by visiting the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument. The monument is located at 89th street and Riverside Drive. It commemorates those Union Army soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the American Civil War to ensure a better future for the country. The Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument is also considered to be an NYC landmark and a state landmark. A scheduled observance is expected to take place between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Memorial Day. The observance draws thousands of visitors since the 9/11 attacks. Afterwards, you can head over by the waterfront paths and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

Memorial Day at the Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan 

Join the Children’s Museum in remembrance and patriotism this Memorial Day, May 25-27 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Memorial Day 2019 Children's Museum of Manhattan

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Art, Artists & You: Monument Park – Statue Sculpting
In celebration of Memorial Day, you can join Art Studio Leaders in creating a massive miniature valley of statues dedicated to those we miss every day.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Monday, May 27, 2019 | 10am – 5pm | All ages | Drop-in

Star-Spangled Wind Chime
Celebrate the American flag in honor of Memorial Day by designing your own patriotic wind chime.
Monday, May 27, 2019 | 1 – 1:45pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

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The Butterfly Conservatory, American Museum of Natural History

Memorial Day 2019 Museum of Natural History

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Ending May 27th: Don’t miss the fantastic Butterfly Conservatory exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History.  The popular annual seasonal exhibition is back with more than 500 free-flying butterflies amid lush tropical plants!  The exhibition features butterflies from three of the five butterfly family classifications.  The highlights include butterfly anatomy, butterfly metamorphosis, and butterfly defense mechanisms.

NY Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert, May 27th at 7:00 PM

Now and then something happens that makes you feel proud of institutions and the music-loving public. One such event is the New York Philharmonic’s Annual Free Memorial Day concert,” raved The New York Times. Join us at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, where you’ll be surrounded by the sounds of Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance; ticket distribution will begin at 5:00 PM. The audio of the concert will be broadcast onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting.

Memorial Day 2019 Free Concert New York Philharmonic

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