Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer 2016 with a ton of exciting events on Long Island. The holiday weekend isn’t complete without some barbeques, parades, and carnivals. Here are some of the best events to check out this Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Weekend Carnival
Huntington YMCA, 60 Main St., Huntington. Free. May 26-30.
Memorial Day Weekend Festival
Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown. Free. 12-11 p.m. May 26-30.
Polo Grounds, Moore’s Lane, Greenport. One-price ride specials. 5-11 p.m. May 26-30.
Ceramics, paintings, outdoor garden, prints and tabletop sculptures. Montauk Green. Free. May 27-29.
Long Island Rail Road Station, Sunrise Highway, Bedford Avenue, Bellmore. May 28- May 30.
Navy and Marine Helicopter Landing
Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. Free. 10 a.m. May 28.
Parade, ceremony, historic craft demonstrations, storytelling and brass band concerts. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. $10 adults, $7 seniors and children ages 5-12. Children under 5 free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 28, 29.
New York AutoFest
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $5 adults, children under 12 free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 28.
Arts in The Plaza
Kennedy Plaza, 1 West Chester St., Long Beach. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 28.
Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks
North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Free admission, $10 parking fee. 6 p.m. May 28.
Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
For the first time the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will feature a trio of jet teams, including the acclaimed U.S. Navy Blue Angels, which will be making its seventh such appearance at the popular summer kick-off event. This lineup for year’s air show also boasts rookie flight squad, the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, as well as legendary aerobatic performer, Sean D. Tucker and his custom-built Oracle Challenger II. Rounding out the rest of the jet team will be the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and the Breitling Jet Team, a civilian aerobatics team, which will be making its second appearance at the venerable air show. Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. bethpageairshow.com May 28, 29.
20th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival
East Main Street, downtown Riverhead. Free. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. May 29.
Big Annual BBQ in the Park
Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Ave., Babylon. $25 Pre-paid, $30 Day of. 1-6 p.m. May 29.
Taste The East End
Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. $64.95. 7-10 p.m. May 29.
Memorial Day Parade
Main Street, Montauk. 12 p.m. May 30.
–Compiled by Olivia Booth