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This week we have several Memorial Day celebrations, including street festivals, parades, military demonstrations and the annual Jones Beach Air Show. Check out the list below to see what’s going on in your area:
1. Levittown Chamber of Commerce Memorial Weekend Festival
Where/When: Behind Tri-County Flea Market in Levittown; Friday, May 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Monday, May 30 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Why Go: Have the kids start the summer off right with a family friendly festival. There will be plenty of games, amusement park rides, food and even a petting farm. Admission and parking is free, making this a great time out for all.
Pricing: Admission is free, wristband for rides is $30 at box office.
2. Bellmore Spring Festival
Where/When: Bellmore Long Island Railroad Station; Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why Go: Street fairs are a Long Island staple for the summer season and a fantastic way to entertain the whole family. Take a stroll through the festival with the kids and browse all of the delicious food options, crafts and much more.
Pricing: Parking and admission are free.
3. Navy and Marine Corps Land and Air Demonstration
Where/When: Eisenhower Park in East Meadow; Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Why Go: In honor of fleet week, the United States Marine Corp and Navy will be on hand in Eisenhower Park to show off some land and air demonstrations. The daring air maneuvers and impressive land vehicles will surely amaze the kids. Get the little ones outside during this exciting weekend and take advantage of the park after the show.
4. Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show
Where/When: Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh; Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Why Go: This annual air spectacular will captivate the little ones with impressive air stunts and high tech aircrafts. The United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, (possibly one of the coolest planes around!) will be performing for the audience, as well as an array of other old military crafts such as the B-17 Flying Fortress and A-10 Thunderbolt. This is especially perfect for those little pilots-in-training – the show will be an inspiration to them.
Pricing: Free to watch, but there is a $10 vehicle entry fee to the state park.
5. Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade
Where/When: Merrick Avenue and Lee Avenue in Merrick; Monday, May 30 starting at 9:30 a.m.
Why Go: What child doesn’t love a good parade? Come down and honor those who have served the United States with this annual function, which features veteran groups, the local fire departments and many other organizations. Maybe your kids will even spot some familiar faces in the line up.