It’s almost time to get your sun tan on. New York City beaches will open on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Some offering free sunscreen for beachgoers for the first time. The city decided to launch a pilot program this year to install 100 dispensers to give out free sunscreen at beaches across the city. City Comptroller Scott Stringer says it’s important to apply sunscreen on a daily basis to reduce the risk of skin cancer. City beaches will remain open through the Labor Day weekend and lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.