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Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Intrepid’s Summer Salute to Heroes
Join us as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum kicks-off our annual Summer Salute to Heroes! This Memorial Day Weekend, the Intrepid Museum will honor our service men and women.

Intrepid’s Pier 86 will be filled with displays and hands-on activities from our partners and live performances on our stage. And don’t miss our annual free screening of Top Gun on the Flight Deck.

The weekend will also include a poignant Memorial Day Ceremony featuring the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag. And it will wrap up with a panel discussion focused on African Americans in WWII.

All events and activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 
This year's events and performances include:
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Friday, May 24
7:30pm Free Summer Movie Series: Top Gun
(Cancelled due to inclement weather, check back for info on a rescheduled date.)
Intrepid's Flight Deck

The Intrepid Summer Movie Series kicks-off our series of free public film screenings on the Flight Deck with a screening of the classic film Top Gun. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are encouraged to bring food and beverages to the screening; however, alcohol is not permitted. Click here for details

Saturday, May 25
Join us for exciting performances, demonstrations, activities and various interactive displays.
10:00am – 5:00pm Interactive displays and activities Intrepid's Pier 86

The US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, FDNY with their Fire Safety Education Smoke House, Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper, American Red Cross, CrossFit NYC, USS Intrepid Former Crewmembers Association, American Legion, New York Water Taxi, Long Island Military Vehicle Club, Dina Parise Racing, Operation Goody Bag, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Intrepid Educators, activites and free raffle.

11:00am & 4:00pm Tour Guide Talks: Pots & Pans For Uncle Sam: How Metal Recycling Helped Win WWII Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

During WWII the United States required mountains of metal to build the tanks, planes, and ships— like Intrepid!— that would defeat its enemies. We'll learn how, decades before the environmental movement made it commonplace, the country recycled and repurposed everything from tin cans to silver bullion to obtain what was needed. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.

11:00am - 5:00pm All That Glitters Intrepid's Pier 86

Temporary Glitter Tattoos

11:30am The Simon Sez Show Intrepid's Pier 86

Participate in an epic game of this childhood favorite with professional Simon Sez caller, Steve Max!

12:30pm Angie Johnson- performance Intrepid's Pier 86

Sony Music Nashville recording artist Angie Johnson (featured on NBC’s The Voice)

1:30pm The Manhattan Dolls - performance Intrepid's Pier 86

The Manhattan Dolls is a swing style vocal trio in the tradition of The Andrews Sisters

2:00pm Tour Guide Talks: Baseball in the Second World War Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

World War II affected every American institution, including our "National Pastime," baseball. Learn how some of our greatest baseball heroes made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.

2:30pm Trailer Radio-performance Intrepid's Pier 86

Trailer Radio is a romping mix of country, rock & blues music characterized by backwoods humor, lively arrangements and tasty guitar licks

3:30pm USO Show Troupe-performance Intrepid's Pier 86

USO Show Troupe, with music spanning seven decades, brings a 70-years-strong American tradition in to the 21st century

3:00pm & 5:00pm Tour Guide Talks: American Aircraft Carriers in World War II Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

On December 7th 1941 the United States had just seven aircraft carriers in service. During the first two years of war these legendary vessels fought against the odds to hold the Japanese back long enough for a new fleet to be built. During this interactive presentation, Museum guests will become these legendary aircraft carriers as our Tour Guide leads you through the major events of the Pacific War. From 7 ships down to a handful of battle scarred survivors you will experience the sacrifices that made possible the construction of the greatest naval force the world has ever scene. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.

Sunday, May 26
Enjoy performances, demonstrations, activities and various interactive displays.
10:00am – 5:00pm Interactive displays and activities Intrepid's Pier 86

The US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, FDNY with their Fire Safety Education Smoke House, Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper, American Red Cross, CrossFit NYC, USS Intrepid Former Crewmember’s Association, American Legion, New York Water Taxi, Long Island Military Vehicle Club, Dina Parise Racing, Operation Goody Bag and Intrepid Educators, activites and free raffle.

11:00am & 4:00pm Tour Guide Talks: The Un-luckiest Ship in the Fleet: The True Story of the USS William D. Porter Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

From anchoring ON her sister ship, to shelling a Commandant’s garden, and even firing a torpedo at the President, the USS William D. Porter was a shining example of what can go wrong in war time. This 15-minute talk will share the history of the “Willie Dee” from her run-in with the USS Iowa to her bizarre sinking off of Okinawa. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.

11:00am - 5:00pm All That Glitters Intrepid's Pier 86
Temporary Glitter Tattoos
12:00pm Angie Johnson-performance Intrepid's Pier 86

Sony Music Nashville recording artist Angie Johnson (featured on NBC’s “The Voice”)

1:00pm USO Show Troupe-performance Intrepid's Pier 86

USO Show Troupe, with music spanning seven decades, brings a 70-years-strong American tradition in to the 21st century

2:00 & 5:00pm Tour Guide Talks: Baseball in the Second World War Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

World War II affected every American institution, including our "National Pastime," baseball. Learn how some of our greatest baseball heroes made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission

2:30pm Gimme Some Skin - performance Intrepid's Pier 86

Gimme Some Skin, a NYC based rock band performs songs from their debut EP

3:00pm The Callbacks-performance Intrepid's Pier 86

This new-to-the scene co-ed a’capella group sings your favorite chart toppers with only their mouths

3:30pm Tour Guide Talks: Pots & Pans For Uncle Sam: How Metal Recycling Helped Win WWII Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

During WWII the United States required mountains of metal to build the tanks, planes, and ships— like Intrepid!— that would defeat its enemies. We'll learn how, decades before the environmental movement made it commonplace, the country recycled and repurposed everything from tin cans to silver bullion to obtain what was needed. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.

Monday, May 27
Enjoy performances, demonstrations, activities and various interactive displays.
10:00am – 5:00pm Interactive displays and activities Intrepid's Pier 86

The US Coast Guard, Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper, American Red Cross, CrossFit NYC, USS Intrepid Former Crewmember’s Association, American Legion, New York Water Taxi, Operation Goody Bag and Gazillion Bubble Show

11:00am Annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony Intrepid's Pier 86

Honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces by attending the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
ASL-interpretation available.

11:00am - 5:00pm All That Glitters Intrepid's Pier 86
Temporary Glitter Tattoos
1:00pm - 4:00pm Perfect Catch Intrepid's Pier 86

Nautical themed jugglers stroll the Pier and perform juggling feats

2:00pm Tour Guide Talks: What’s in a Name? How Navy Ships Get Their Name Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

Why is Intrepid called Intrepid? How did the USS Growler get its name? What is a Bon Homme Richard? This 15-minute talk will examine the naming conventions of the U.S. Navy, discussing the selection by the Secretary of the Navy as well as the historic significance of these names. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.

3:00pm & 5:00pm Tour Guide Talks: Presidential Military Service: The Navy Presidents Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the military, but how many Presidents spent time in the military? The 15-minute talk will focus on six Navy men named Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Bush. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.

4:00pm Tour Guide Talks: American Aircraft Carriers in World War II Hangar Deck 1, Info Desk

On December 7th 1941 the United States had just seven aircraft carriers in service. During the first two years of war these legendary vessels fought against the odds to hold the Japanese back long enough for a new fleet to be built. During this interactive presentation, Museum guests will become these legendary aircraft carriers as our Tour Guide leads you through the major events of the Pacific War. From 7 ships down to a handful of battle scarred survivors you will experience the sacrifices that made possible the construction of the greatest naval force the world has ever scene. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.

Tuesday, May 28
African Americans in WWII Panel Discussion moderated by WNBC Anchor David Ushery
(Due to illness of one of our panelist, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled) Intrepid's Lutnick Theater

Award-winning news anchor David Ushery will lead a discussion between Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown, USS Mason crewmember Lorenzo DuFau and Pearl Harbor survivor Clark Simmons, who bravely served in our nation’s segregated armed forces about their experiences as African Americans serving overseas in WWII.

The battles of World War II were fought on two separate fronts in the European and Pacific Theatres. For the 125,000 African American soldiers who fought overseas, there was a 3rd front with which they had to contend - the prejudice back home. Despite large odds and against common reasoning of the times, black servicemen were able to distinguish themselves in the air, at sea and on land. The Intrepid Museum is proud to honor a few of these men as they share their personal stories in an evening dedicated to African Americans in WWII.

Advance reservations are required. Please RSVP at EducationEvents@intrepidmuseum.org

Be sure to join us for the rest of our Summer Salute to Heroes line-up, honoring heroes past and present and inspiring those of the future.

Celebrate our heroes throughout the summer with events including: Father’s Day, Firefighter Appreciation Weekend, SpaceFest, US Coast Guard Appreciation Day, Intrepid’s 70th Commissioning Anniversary, and our free Summer Movie Series.

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This year’s participating partners include: