It’s Memorial Day, and you don’t have a beach house or lakeside cottage to run off to. Don’t feel left out — there’s plenty to keep you occupied this long weekend in Brooklyn, from patriotic concerts to amusement park birthday parties to even, paradoxically, a TV party. You’ll friends will be jealous they even left.
Hats off to the Green-Wood Cemetery this year — it’s really going all out this Memorial Day. The whole weekend was full of festivities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, starting with a Grand Procession on Sunday that featured reenactments of Civil War songs, followed by cavalry-led procession through the cemetery that passes more than 4,500 candelit graves of Civil War veterans.
Today, Civil War veterans and uniformed re-enactors will may tribute to the vets, complete with rifle salutes and musical tributes, in the March of Honor. You can further feel like you were there with “Honoring Their Sacrifice,” a multi-media exhibit featuring Civil War artifacts and memorabilia gathered from private collections, at Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel.
And, as always, the cemetery hosts its free Memorial Day concert, featuring the ISO Symphonic Band playing melodies of the Civil War, as well as works by some of the cemetery’s permanent residents, including Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, and more. It’s the most patriotic weekend you’ve ever had.
Green-Wood Cemetery [25th Street and Fifth Avenue, (718) 768-7300]. The March of Honor, May 30 at 11 am, free; Memorial Day Concert, May 30 at 3 pm, free. For info, visit green-wood.com.
In what’s become a Memorial Day weekend tradition, the Brooklyn Academy of Music devotes all three days to celebrating African American dance, film and culture. From May 28 to 30, you can also pursue the free outdoor DanceAfrica Bazzar, featuring nearly 300 local and international vendors hawking African, Caribbean and African American food, fashion, artifacts, jewelry and crafts.
DanceAfrica at the Brooklyn Academy of Music [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100]. For info, visit www.bam.org.
Fatty ’Cue BBQ
We can get behind this pairing. Today, Park Slope’s Beer Table heads up to Williamsburg’s Fatty ’Cue team up to for a beer-fueled, pigs and pancakes bash, featuring craft ales served with silver dollar pancakes and pulled smoke pig. It’s an all-you-can-eat-and-drink affair, which is the essence of Memorial Day in a nutshell. No advance tickets are being sold, so you’ve been forewarned.
Memorial Day at Fatty ’Cue [91 S. Sixth Street between Bedford and Berry streets in Williamsburg, (718) 599-3090], May 30 from noon to 7 pm. Tickets $40. For info, visit www.fattycue.com.
Freaks and Geeks’ TV Party
If your pasty white skin can’t handle all that sun, head indoors with your fellow brethren for a “Freaks and Geeks” TV party at the Bell House. Comedians Michael Austin and Jerm Pollet will screen all their favorite episodes of the beloved Judd Apatow show, as well as celebrate the series with themed drinks, costume and trivia contests, a high school photographer taking pictures, and even a dodge ball competition. Just don’t feel bad if you’re picked last.
“Freaks and Geeks” TV Party at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], May 30 at 8 pm. Tickets $5. For info, visit www.thebellhouseny.com.
And, for a traditional Memorial Day, hit one of the three parades today:
Canarsie Memorial Day Parade
May 30 at 10 am
Start: Canarsie Cemetery (Remsen Avenue and Avenue K)
Gerritsen Beach Memorial Day Parade
May 30 at 10 am
Start: Plumb Second Street and Whitney Avenue
Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade
May 30 at 11 am
Start: 87th Street and Third Avenue