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Memorial Day Weekend Fun in New York City

Ellen Levitt

Posted on May 28, 2018 11:20

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Memorial Day Weekend in New York City means Fleet Week, baseball games, free fun activities on the Coney Island Boardwalk and more.

Memorial Day Weekend has long been heralded as the unofficial "start" of the summer season in the United States, and it is promoted as a chance to enjoy outdoor activities, bask in warm weather and get our attitudes geared toward summertime. It almost seems we have to be reminded that it is also a solemn federal holiday, commemorating our dead members of the Armed Forces. Light-hearted fare and patriotic parades and ceremonies nearly rub shoulders throughout the country.

New York City is a hub for Memorial Day Weekend cultural activities and modes of entertainment. Fleet Week brings members of the Navy to various parts of the city, and New Yorkers see sailors around town. Some attended Yankees games (versus the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros) played in the Bronx. Others attended activities in public parks, such as Brooklyn's Prospect Park, where a helicopter landed and a concert took place. 

One of the splashiest events of the weekend took place Friday morning on the Coney Island boardwalk. Two local media outlets, WCBS-FM and WPIX News, hosted free events from 6 a.m. through 10 a.m. In the shadow of the iconic Parachute Jump, they held a concert and a miniature version of the Nathan's Hotdog eating concert that is held each July 4. The mascots of the local Minor League baseball game the Brooklyn Cyclones, Pee Wee and Sandy, shook hands as they walked around, and local businesses gave away swag. 

The Shannon in the Morning Summer Blastoff 2018 featured concert appearances by three acts, as well as a live radio broadcast featuring the famous radio disc jockey Scott Shannon (now with CBS, he used to be on Z-100 years ago). Cause & The Effects opened the show, and later Taylor Dane and then Smash Mouth played sets of music. Former New York Mets player Lee Mazzilli also visited on-air and spoke to the crowd. Lee, a Brooklyn native who attended nearby Abraham Lincoln High School, is a perennial New York favorite son.

WPIX news staff posed with fans and signed autographs, while cheering on hotdog contest munchers. They gave out WPIX pennants and other goodies. Meanwhile at the main stage, Smash Mouth played their big hits including "All Star," "Walking On The Sun" and covers of "I'm A Believer" and "Can't Get Enough of You Baby," as well as other songs. 

I biked over to the festivities and had lots of fun. Smash Mouth was full of energy and sounded very good, and about 150 fans of various ages cheered on the music. Scott Shannon congratulated a couple who had recently gotten engaged on the Coney boardwalk, and I also spoke to them briefly. 

The weather was wonderful for this show, sunny and warm with ocean breezes. Rain and wind hampered Saturday activities (Yankee Stadium was rather chilly on Saturday afternoon), but New Yorkers of all ages were out and about this Memorial Day Weekend. 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on May 28, 2018 11:20

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Source: NJ.com

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