Things to do in May in NYC

by Naomi Young

May is a month of celebrations and commemorations in New York City. Get into the swing of spring with the delightful Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (April to May), peaking with the Cherry Blossom Festival on May 3rd and 4th, 2008. This two day event pays tribute to Japanese culture and arts, and visitors can enjoy over 50 authentic performances in honor of the stunning flowering cherry trees in the gardens – the largest collection outside of Japan. 

Mother’s Day also appears in May and New Yorkers know just how to spoil their moms! The most important woman in one’s life can be pampered with a wide range of unique options, including a fabulous brunch or dinner aboard a luxurious New York cruise ship. The sights and sounds of New York can be viewed from the private dining room or the wide observation decks, as the cruise winds its way past the city’s classic skyline. Cruises depart from the New York Marina. 

Last year’s Dance Parade brought together over 4000 dancers from all over the world to celebrate all forms of dance. This year’s parade on May 17th promises to be bigger and better than ever, starting on 32nd Street and finishing off with a unique Dance Festival at Washington Square. Visitors will be able to enjoy all forms of dance, from African to Salsa, from Irish Step to Hip Hop and from Japanese to Clogging.  

Fleet Week is always an impressive celebration in the month of May, when the city celebrates the national sea services, including sailors, marines and coastguardsmen, and gets to witness their dedication first hand. Military demonstrations, public visitations of participating ships and musical performances are just some of the attractions offered during Fleet Week. This event always coincides to incorporate Memorial Day, a federal holiday on the last Monday of May, to commemorate the fallen in the US armed forces.

For more great NYC attractions, visit New York Journey’s attractions information page.

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