flagsThis Memorial Day is particularly exciting for Long Islanders because it marks the opening of all parks and beaches in the area, including the ones that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. To celebrate, there are some of the many events to kickoff the unofficial start of summer.

Memorial Day Weekend in Montauk

Sat, May 25 5-9 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Station, 59 Star Island Rd., Montauk. Guests $20. donation, Children 10 years and under $10. 631-375-6625.

Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks North Hempstead Beach Park

Sat, May 25 6:30 p.m., West Shore Road, Port Washington, $5 Number: 516-869-6311.

Star Hose Company Spring Carnival

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May 23-27, 6-11p.m., Polo Grounds on Moore’s Lane, Greenport, One price ride specials.  631-765-3161.

“Fire Fighter” Water Gun Salute

Sat, May 25 and Sun, May 26 at 10 a.m., Greenport Marina in Mitchell Park, Front Street, 631-477-1021.

Navy and Marine Helicopter Landing

Sat, May 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eisenhower Park /Administration Building Merrick Ave. and Park Blvd, East Meadow. 516-572-0348.

Raphael Vineyard and Winery

Mon, May 27 1-4 p.m., 39390 Main Rd, Peconic. 631-765-1100 ext. 105.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration Memorial Day Event

Sun, May 26 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. Children under 5 free, children ages 7-12 $7, adults $10. 516-572-8400.

Long Island Mozart Festival

Sat, May 25 – Sun, May 26 4-6 p.m., Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. $10 General Admission for House & Gardens $8 over 62 $ 5.00 – Children 7-17 Free – Children 6 and under Free – Members Number: 516-333-0048

Montauk Art Show

Sat, May 25, Sun, May 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. On the Montauk Green  742 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, 631-668-5336.

Animal Encounter at Jungle Bob’s Reptile World

Sun, May 26 12-4 p.m., 2536 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, $5, 631-737-6474.

Kites for a Cure at Coopers Beach

Sat, May 25 4-6 p.m., 268 Meadow Lane, Southampton, $30, 212-627-5500.

100th Anniversary Car Show Benefit

May 25th 9 a.m.  – 3 p.m., Amagansett Fire Department 439 Main St., Amagansett, With Passenger $20, Additional Passenger $5. Walk-In $5, Children Under 12 Free, 631-726-9300.

Arts in the Plaza Kennedy Plaza

Sat, May 25 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1 West Chester St., Long Beach,  516-507-8383.

Baldwin Spring Festival

Sat, May 26, Sun, May 27, Mon May 28 11 a.m.– 6 p.m., Baldwin Train Station, 631-724-5966.

Big Annual BBQ in the Park

May 26, 1-6 p.m., Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Ave., North Babylon, $20 Pre-Paid, $25 Day Of, 631-592-9804.

East End Arts’ 17th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival

Sun, May 26 12-5 p.m., East End Arts133, East Main St., Riverhead, 631-727-0900.

Walking The Line: A Tribute To Johnny Cash

Sat, May 25 2 – 3:30 p.m., 211 Route 109, West Babylon, 631-669-5445.

Documentary Film & Fundraiser: THE LONG RIDE HOME

Mon, May 27  2 p.m. and 5 p.m., The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center, 20 Terry St., Patchogue, $13, Students $10, 631-438-0083.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at the Montauk Point Lighthouse

Sat, May 25 and Sun May 26 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.  and Mon, May 27  10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk. Adults $9, Seniors $8, Children $4. 631-668-2544.

Southampton Hospital’s Annual Memorial Day Weekend Party

Sun, May 26 6:30 p.m. to Midnight, Westhampton Country Club, 35 Potunk Lane, Westhampton Beach. $250 per person (junior tickets: $125, cocktails and dancing after 9:30 p.m.: $75) (Tickets must be purchased in advance) Number: 631-726-8700, extension 3

Levittown Memorial Day Weekend Festival

Sat. and Sun. 12-11 p.m., Mon. 12-9 p.m., behind the Tri-County Flea Market in Levittown Presale wristbands $20, $30 at Box Office, 516-520-8000.

Bellmore Spring Festival

Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Bellmore Long Island Railroad Station Sunrise Highway, Bedford Avenue Bellmore, 631-724-5966.

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