Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse for springtime sales and a three-day weekend—it is, first and foremost, a time to honor those citizens who’ve served the United States in times of war. The City honors our fallen heroes with parades all over the five boroughs. The Little Neck–Douglaston parade in Queens is reputedly the largest. You can also follow Brooklyn's Memorial Day Parade (150 years old and counting), which begins at 78th Street and Third Avenue. In Manhattan, head uptown for a smaller parade in Inwood, which begins at Dyckman Street and Broadway. Other Memorial Day events include a "Salute to Our Heroes" concert featuring Dionne Warick, Jon Secada and Bernie Williams (May 19), a fundraiser hosted by Marine Corps League Brooklyn (May 20) and the Semper Fi Fund 5K Run and Walk (May 27) .
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