The unofficial start of summer comes this weekend with the celebration of Memorial Day! Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have lost their lives in military service. The weekend is usually commemorated with barbecues and trips to the beach, but here are 10 alternative ways to enjoy the three-day weekend in New York City from parties, to tours, to creating your own military-themed visits.

1. Watch a Movie on the Deck of an Aircraft Carrier

Courtesy of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, by Reist Photography

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will kick of its summer outdoor movie series this weekend with a screening of the Tom Cruise flick Top Gun, right on top of the ship’s flight deck. The film screening is free and open to the public with access to the flight deck starting at 5:00pm. The film is part of a series of free events at the museum offered to the public during Fleet Week.

Throughout Fleet Week, the museum will host free live performances, have interactive displays, and throw special events honoring service men and women. You can see their full schedule of Fleet Week events here.

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