Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend in the Bronx NYC
Things To Do in the Bronx Over The Memorial Day Weekend
May 14, 2020 / Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend Bronx NYC / Bronx Buzz NYC.
This page contains a few of the classical things to do in Bronx over the Memorial Day Weekend in normal times, as well as what's available during the CoVid pandemic. Go to the Things To Do section of this site for an enhanced list of options.
I know Memorial Day Weekend is fully a week away, but given it's such a changed landscape due to the CoVid pandemic, I thought you might want more time to think about how you're going to spend the weekend.
Weather. As of this posting the weather forecast is as follows. The Temperature highs will be in the low to mid 70's and the temperature lows will be around 60 all three days of the long weekend. There's a 20% chance of rain all weekend. Winds will range between 5 - 10 mph all weekend. The Humidity will be around 50% throughout the weekend. Click for an up-to-date forecast of Brooklyn Weekend Weather.
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.
Memorial Day 2020 Events in the Bronx
According to a March 27, 2020 report in Military News the U.S. Navy cancelled Fleet Week due to the CoVid pandemic. The annual celebratory week in NYC was originally scheduled to run from Wednesday, May 20 to Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Unfortunately this year attending Bronx street fairs - Bronx NYC, doesn't appear to an option due to the CoVid pandemic. That's not the only activity that will not be available to us, as visiting Bronx theaters, performing arts & art museums, and eating out at one of the Bronx restaurants NYC also won't be available come Memorial Day Weekend.
But things are slowly moving in the right direction. For example you can obtain restaurant food via delivery or carry out - we posted some of the restaurants performing this service as of Mother's Day in our Mother's Day Restaurants in the Bronx report.
Unfortunately shopping in the Bronx, will also be limited to groceries, pharmacies and home improvement stores [aka essential services], but local Bronx farmers markets are classified as an essential service, so that provides another outing option.
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 2020 was cancelled and unfortunately could not be re-scheduled, so we'll all have to wait until 2021 [hopefully].
So there are some things happening right here in our favorite borough - the Bronx. Take your time to sort through what's available and start planning your weekend.
Bronx Public & Privately Run Parks
The Bronx has a number of New York City Parks, most of which will be open, including the restrooms which will be cleaned daily with disinfectants.
But the normal park service options aren't available during the CoVid pandemic. These include no barbeques, no team sports and both the public swimming pools and the playgrounds will remain closed. But the beaches will be open, although no swimming will be allowed and the beaches will only be open for limited periods - generally from 10 am - 6 pm. NYS public marinas are open for non-commercial activities.
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.
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.
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.
NYC Public Golf Courses in the Bronx - Currently Closed due to CoVid 19
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.
Click here to view the rest of our report of things to do Memorial Day Weekend in the Bronx.
Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend in the Bronx NYC
Dining, Art, Theater, Parks, Biking, Kyaking & Music in the Bronx Memorial Day Weekend
May 14, 2020 / Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend Bronx NYC / Bronx Buzz NYC. Continued.
WHAT FOLLOWS IS MOSTLY ON HOLD (except biking & some of the park activities ) PENDING THE COVID PANDEMIC OF SPRING 2020, but it might give you a few ideas, and you can always call to be sure.
I'LL UPDATE AS WE APPROACH THE DAY TO SEE WHAT - IF ANYTHING - HAS CHANGED. 5.12.20.
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
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
Click 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.
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.
In the photo at right is one of the brand name stores located in the heart of Midtown.
Bicycling In Bronx & NYC
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 .
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.
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.
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