NEW YORK (PIX11) — Millions of people are getting ready to load up the car and grind it out for hours in traffic for a Memorial Day weekend getaway.

But New York City and the surrounding tri-state area are bursting with holiday weekend activities for those who choose to skip the agonizing drive and just stay local — to enjoy the unofficial kickoff to summer.

From saluting military heroes at parades in Brooklyn to watching “Top Gun” Friday night for free, there are plenty of events to fill the extra day off.

Watch the video player for more fun places and events to check out this Memorial Day weekend.