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Things to do this Memorial Day weekend on Long Island

Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, reopening of

Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, reopening of Splish Splash and more fun things to do this Memorial Day weekend.  Credit: Barry Sloan

The Bethpage Air Show returns in person, Splish Splash reopens and summer fun begins Memorial Day weekend. Here's what's happening:

BETHPAGE AIR SHOW Performances by the Thunderbirds F-16 Fighting Falcons team, Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support attack aircraft, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 29-30, Jones Beach State Park, advance parking ticket required, capacity will be limited to 50%, $10 parking fee, bethpageairshow.com, 516-490-2400.

FLAG PLACEMENT AT NATIONAL CEMETERY Pay tribute to servicemen and women by placing flags at the grave sites at national cemetery. Sign up and you'll be assigned a section and several flags; 8 a.m. May 29, Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Ave., cem.va.gov, Farmingdale; 7 a.m. May 29, Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Blvd., Wading River, cem.va.gov, 631-727-5410. Everyone is required to wear a mask and socially distance.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ARMOR An outdoor display of historic, "Friend and Foe" armor including a replica German Tiger tank and sturmgeschütz assault tank will confront an American Hellcat tank destroyer and the legendary Sherman tank along with other vehicles that include allied halftracks, armored cars and artillery, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 29-30, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, COVID protocols are observed inside the museum where donations are requested: $15, $8 for ages 5-12, seniors (60+) and veterans, www.museumofamericanarmor.org.

AMERICAN AIRPOWER MUSEUM Continuing in its tradition of participation in the Jones Beach Air show, the museum will have its "Arsenal of Democracy" warbirds including a B-25, a Douglas C-47, a Grumman Avenger, the T-6 Texan and AT-28 flying in the air show on May 29-30. They'll lift off from Republic Airport to take part in the air show from Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale. In addition, three visiting F-18s will be on display on the museum’s tarmac from May 27-30. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 27-May 30, $15 adults, $10 seniors and veterans, $8 ages 5-12, americanairpowermuseum.com, 631-293-6398.

VANDERBILT MUSEUM The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum has reopened its gates for spring and invites visitors back 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Features include the first floor of the Hall of Fishes marine museum, the Memorial Wing collections galleries and the Habitat and Stoll Wing animal dioramas. Admission tickets may be purchased online or at the gate, vanderbiltmuseum.org. Public mansion tours begin on Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30, $10, $7 ages 12 and younger, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, 631-854-5579.

SPRING VILLAGE ART AND CRAFT FAIR Artists and artisans featuring one-of-a-kind creations and designs; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 29, rain date May 30, Smithtown Historical Society, 239 Middle Country Rd., free, smithtownhistorical.org, 631-265-6768.

SPLISH SPLASH OPENING Park reopens after remaining closed last season; 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton. Opens Memorial Day weekend; splishsplash.com, 631-727-3600.

BARBARA BARTELL MEMORIAL RUNDAY 5K Race begins at 950 South Oyster Bay Rd., and continues through the streets of Hicksville and Bethpage. Kids' fun run (ages 12 and younger) begins at 8 a.m., benefits mental health and substance abuse counseling, 8:30 a.m. May 29. Fees for the 5k: $25, $10 ages 16 and younger; free for fun run, nwsdy.li/bbartell, 516-396-2753.

LONG BEACH MEMORIAL DAY CITY MANAGER 10-MILE RACE TO REMEMBER 10-mile/5k race on the boardwalk dedicated to the memory of race founder Ralph Kaplan; 8 a.m., May 30, Long Beach Recreation Center, Magnolia Boulevard, at West Bay Drive, Long Beach, longbeachny.gov/rec, 516-431-3890.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Sponsored by the Wantagh American Legion Post 1273, memorial ceremony takes place at the post at 3484 Park Ave., Wantagh at 11 a.m. May 31.

DRIVE-IN MEMORIAL DAY FIREWORKS Fireworks, 9 p.m. May 29, gates to North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington open at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks will be synced to music broadcast through the car radio. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced; free with a $10 parking fee (cash only), open to North Hempstead residents only, attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable/canned foods to the events as part of North Hempstead's food drive. Vehicles will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis' call 311 or 516-869-6311, northhempsteadny.gov.

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