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Bronx Things to do - Memorial Day Weekend Bronx NYC

May 26, 2023 at 12:15 am by mikewood

Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Things To Do in the Bronx Over The Memorial Day Weekend

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This is a report containing things to do in the Bronx over the Memorial Day Weekend. 

Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 70's and the temperature lows will be around 60. No rain is in the forecast.

The things to do in the Bronx on Memorial Day Weekend include art exhibitions, theater, live music, comedy, dance, shopping, outdoor activities such as soccer, kyaking, baseball, parades, street fairs, museums and dining in the Mott Haven, Fordham, Port Morris, Concourse, Bedford Park, Norwood, University Heights, City Island, Riverdale, Melrose, Morris Park, Westchester Square & Parkchester neighborhoods of the Bronx in NYC.

Be sure to check our Memorial Day Weekend things to do post mid afternoon Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. The photo at right was taken in May of a prior year at the Bronx Museum in the Concourse neighborhood.


Brief History of the Memorial Day Holiday in the Bronx

Memorial Day first started out as Decoration Day in Waterloo, New York on May 30, 1866 - a year after the Civil War - to honor those who fought in it. In the 1880's the day came to be known as Memorial Day.

According to a May 25, 2012 report in Time Magazine, ten states - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee also officially observe some version of a Confederate Memorial Day, sometime between late April and early June [in Texas it's in January]. It's been reported that unofficially most of the former Confederate states still commemorate it, but not without some controversy as to the former Confederate diaspora it's to honor their ancestors, while to the former diaspora of the slaves it seems a remnant of these states racist past.

About ten percent of the nation travels more than 50 miles over the weekend. Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day which is held on November 11th of each year. Veterans Day began by honoring those who fought in World War I which ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Both honor those who served in the U.S. Military. Veterans Day coincides with a similar holiday in Europe for the same reason, which is called Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.

Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Dining, Art, Theater, Parks, Biking, Kyaking & Music in the Bronx Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2023 / Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend Bronx NYC / Bronx Buzz NYC. Continued.

Relative to last year, much more is open and available for the Memorial Day Weekend, including the return of the big parades and events like Fleet Week.


Memorial Day 2023 Events in the Bronx

CLICK this link to view suggestions, in addition to those below, for things to do this weekend in the Bronx NYC - this weekend events Bx. We're starting to update these weekly, but haven't yet hit full stride.

  • CITY ISLAND _ Monday, May 29, 2022 from 2 - 4 pm - City Island Memorial Day Parade & Festival - The parade begins along City Island Avenue, starting at Caroll Street. The parade marches north stopping at Hawkins Park where there is a Memorial Stone for WWII Veterans, then marches on to the Pelham Cemetery, which is on the eastern end of the island between Tier and Ditmars Streets. After visiting the cemetery, they march to the southern foot of the bridge where there is a Veterans Memorial Triangle, before turning back around and ending at American Legion - Leonard Hawkins Post 156 at 550 City Island Avenue. Bronx Memorial Day Parades in the City Island neighborhood of the East Bronx.


CLICK this link to view a schedule of all of the Memorial Day Parades in NYC - all 5 boroughs that we know about.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC.


Also this weekend there are a number of Bronx street fairs - Bronx NYC. All of the big events have returned including a couple of Memorial Day Weekend parades as noted above. Other activities not available last year, like visiting many of the Bronx theaters, performing arts & art museums, are all now open.

Dining at one of the Bronx restaurants NYC is a great way to spend part of the weekend. We posted some restaurants suggestions in our Mother's Day Restaurants in the Bronx report.

Also, shopping in the Bronx, is another fine way to spend some time, including visiting some of the local Bronx farmers markets. The farmers markets openings this year are in line with the traditions of prepandemic years.

You can also go bicycling around the Bronx so be mindful to observe the rules of the road [click link]. The 5 Boro Bike Ride 2023 went off without a hitch, again this year.

Many things are happening right here in our favorite borough - the Bronx. Take your time to sort through what's available and start planning your weekend.

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Bronx Public & Privately Run Parks

The Bronx has a number of New York City Parks, which will be mostly open / back to normal. 

New York City beaches will re-open for swimming on Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 27, 2023 and remain open through September 10, 2023. The city outdoor pools will reopen on Thursday, June 29, 2023.

City playgrounds, golf courses and driving ranges, skate parks and grilling areas are all open.  Dog runs, basketball, handball, tennis, bocce, and volleyball courts have also re-opened.

All NYC Parks recreation centers and nature centers are open.
The City's historic houses and museums are open to the public. Check individual house museum websites  for updated hours and visitor information.  The Wildlife Conservation Society zoos and aquarium are open to the public this weekend.

New York City parks in the Bronx include the following.

South Bronx. Yankee Stadium & Mullaly Park in the Concourse neighborhood. Also Soundview Park along the Bronx River in the Soundview and Clason Point neighborhoods and Baretto Point Park in Hunts Point along the East River.

North West Bronx. Van Cortlandt Park is one of the most famous, as it has swimming facilities as well as a golf course and historic house from Revolutionary War times. This is located north of Norwood and Kingsbridge, and east of the Riverdale neighborhoods.

bronx things to do Bronx NYCCentral Bronx. The Crotona Nature Conservancy is located in the Claremont Village and West Farms neighborhoods.

East Bronx. There's the Pelham Bay & Split Rock golf courses, where you will also find the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. A bit south and east of there is Orchard Beach which overlooks Pelham Bay and Queens.

Click into the neighborhood / history section for a listing of Bronx public swimming pools. We'll be adding to the Bronx Parks NYC section sometime in the future.


Bronx Zoo & New York Botanical Garden

Both the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens are non profits that are run independently, but receive government funding. The NY Botanical Garden is more closely reliant upon NYS funding, while the Bronx Zoo is reliant on NYC funding, but run by the Wildlife Conservation Society, an independent non-profit. As of this posting both institutions indicate that they will remain closed due to the CoVid pandemic, pending further notice.

The Bronx Zoo is across Fordham Road from the Bronx Botanical Gardens and also has one of the finest collections of live animals around. It's located in the Fordham Manor / Belmont neighborhoods. See photo above right.

The New York Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit as they have one of the finest collections of Darwin's original edition publications and a depth and breadth of flora that's hard to find. This is located adjacent to Belmont, Norwood and Bedford Park neighborhoods. See photo above right.


NYC Public Golf Courses in the Bronx Now Open

The Bronx has three public golf courses all are accessible via the MTA buses / subway. Mosholu and Van Cortlandt Park are located in the northern section of the Bronx, while Pelham Bay / Split Rock is located in the eastern section of the Bronx, not far from City Island.

Queens has four public golf courses, Brooklyn has two, Staten Island has three. Click here for details about Queens Golf Courses including maps and links to the operators' websites. And use the links below to see what's doing for Memorial Day Weekend in the other boroughs.

Click here to obtain information for a general listing of things to do in Bronx NYC. This events calendar is updated monthly with about 100 different Bronx fun / cultural events.


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Art Exhibits In Bronx NYC - Memorial Day Weekend

Click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits in the Bronx this Memorial Day weekend. The Bronx has a number of art museums and galleries which we'll publish more about over time.

The Bronx Museum is located along the Grand Concourse not far from Yankee Stadium and is perhaps the leading art museum in the Bronx. The Bronx Museum is shown at right.

City Island Art Fair is Back the Weekend After Memorial Day.

The Concourse, Mott Haven, Melrose, Morrisania and adjacent neighborhoods in the South Bronx are home to a number of artists and arts groups - but artists are spread throughout the Bronx borough and likely can be found in every neighorhood.

The photo to your right was taken at the Bronx Museum in the South Bronx neighborhood.


Dance, Theater & Music in the Bronx NYC - Memorial Day Weekend

bronx things to do memorial day weekend bronx things to do memorial day weekend bronx nycClick here to view the Theatre section of the Bronx Events Calendar to see what's doing this Memorial Day weekend theater in the Bronx NYC.

The Lovinger Theater at Lehman College. Just east of the Jerome Park Reservoir, Lehman College is the home of many wonderful musical and dance performances throughout the course of the year.

Fordham University. In the north central section of the Bronx is Fordham University which largely operates in its own world, but has many cultural events and some of them are also available to the public.

Pregones PRTT Cultural Center on Walton Avenue in the Concourse neighborhood in the southern section of the Bronx.

BAAD - Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance along Westchester Avenue in the Westchester Square neighborhood in the eastern section of the Bronx.

ID Studio Theater on 140th Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx.


Street Fairs Memorial Day Weekend in the Bronx

On Memorial Day Weekend in the Bronx there are a number of street fairs planned in neighborhoods throughout the Bronx. Click here to view the Memorial Day Weekend Street Fairs in the Bronx, including dates, times and map links.


Memorial Day Weekend Parades in the Bronx

See our weekend post coming Friday for a list of Memorial Day Parades in the Bronx.


Shopping In the Bronx & NYC

This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping during the pleasant weekend weather. Click here to view our section dedicated to Bronx Shops & Shopping the Bronx.

Each of these shopping sections includes, or will include, links to home pages, which have slide shows of merchandise as well as maps, store hours, phone numbers and telephone numbers.


Bicycling In Bronx & NYCthings to do memorial day weekend bronx things to do bronx memorial day weekend

Bronx has a small list of bike paths. Click here to view a report about bike laws in the Bronx & NYC so you can ride safely.

There's a program called Citi Bikes, which allows you to rent a bike using your credit card. Whereever you find bike racks filled with blue bicycles - take a closer look and it's probably a Citi Bike rack and you can rent a bike from there and return it to any of their racks around NYC.

We're working on a useable map of bike trails in the Bronx, since we couldn't find one we liked. In the photo to your right are the 5 Boro Bike Riders cruising through the Upper East Side NYC on their way to the Queensboro Bridge in an earlier year ['14].


Kyaking Along The East River In Bronx & NYC

There are a couple of kyaking clubs that operate in the NYC Metro area. Generally they will provide free use of kyaks or charge only a nominal fee. Do a search for kyaking in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and you'll find more detailed info. At a later date we'll return here to update this with our own findings.

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Dining In Bronx & NYC

Food in the Bronx has always been good if you know where to find it. The variety of restaurant choices is difficult to match anywhere outside of NYC, and if you look carefully, you can find good food at reasonable prices too.

Click here to view the Bronx Restaurants NYC section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review. As of this writing, we've identified some of our old favorites, but haven't done the deep dive yet.


Things to do in Other NYC Boroughs Memorial Day Weekend

Things to do Manhattan Memorial Day Weekend and Queens Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend and Things to do Bronx Memorial Day Weekend and Brooklyn Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend and Staten Island Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend.

More events will be added to the Front Pages of each of these sites on Friday.

Click here for a general calendar of things to do in the Bronx NYC.

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