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Happy Memorial Day! Weren’t part of the flock of urbanites who kicked off summer Fridays by ditching the city for more seasonal locales? You came to the right place. Memorial Day Weekend doesn’t have to be a three-day marathon of grillin’ and chillin’, which is why we’re presenting you with 5 last-minute things to do on Memorial Day across the country today, from a beach day trip in New York to art exhibits in SoCal. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to get in the summer spirit and still be rejuvenated for work on Tuesday (woof).
New York: Memorial Day Weekend doesn’t get its rep as the start of summer for no reason – it’s when most beaches officially open for the stretch until Labor Day. Rockaway Beach is the go-to surf and sun spot for old-school New Yorkers and millennial hipsters alike, and this weekend marks the opening of the Rockaway Boardwalk from Beach 86 St. to Beach 97 St. for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Take your unlimited MetroCard for a swipe, head on down, and check out The Summer Shift, a brand new pop-up restaurant in the old Rockaway Taco spot featuring a rotating line-up of chefs.
Los Angeles: Whoever said museums were closed on Mondays was seriously disturbed. Admission to the LACMA is free on Memorial Day, as part of Target Free Holiday Mondays. Check out Chris Burden’s Ode to Santos Dumont exhibition and grab a drink on the outdoor patio at Ray’s & Stark Bar.
San Francisco: Don’t let the hills of the city by the bay deter you from hitting up the free Memorial Day walking tours hosted by San Francisco City Guides. Tours run all day, starting with a 9:30 A.M. one of the Japanese Tea Garden and ending with a 2 P.M. one at the Embarcadero.
Chicago: Take advantage of the season opener and head to the beaches of Lake Michigan today, now that they’re open for the summer. The choice is yours: 31st Street Beach on the South Side, 57th Street Beach in Jackson Park, 63rd Street Beach, Fargo Beach and more.
Miami: MDW in Miami is synonymous with Urban Beach Week, a five-day rap festival that shuts down South Beach and its environs. If you’re not one for Rick Ross, then head to the Perez Art Museum for its Memorial Day BBQ, where you’ll find $5 wine and beer specials and live music from indie group The Wynwoods.