What to Do for Memorial Day 2016 in Rochester


Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in the month of May. It is a day of remembrance for those who have served our country in the United States of America. Decoration Day, as it was originally known, is a day of honoring the brave, but never forgotten.

Here are some ways that you can participate on this important day of the year in Rochester, NY:

Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day
On the weekend of 5/27/16 through 5/30/16, Waterloo, NY is celebrating with its 17th year anniversary of Memorial Day festivities. It is its 150th consecutive observance of the official birthplace of Memorial Day so deemed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the year of 1966. There will be exhibits and events galore. Some of these include an arts and crafts show, a Tribute to the Fallen 5k walk/run, performances on the Lafayette Park Main Stage, the Wheels on Main Street car show, the 9th annual Veterans Biker Rally, the American Civil War Memorial, the Living History at Oak Island, the National Memorial Day Museum, great food and more. Admission is free. Located at 202 Main Street at Routes 5 & 20.

Rochester Memorial Day Parade
This is presented by the Veterans Memorial and Executive Council and honors our service people who sacrificed themselves for the love of our country. This parade takes place on May 25th at 10:30 a.m. It begins on East Avenue near Scio Street. It is then scheduled to travel down Main Street and end at Plymouth Ave.

Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Memorial Day Ceremony
The Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge monument sits at the Ontario Beach Park entrance in Rochester, NY. Come and join in on the ceremony that honors the veterans who have passed away and that are local to this area. The ceremony on May 25th will begin at 11 a.m.

Sarah Jonae-Ryan has lived in Rochester for more than 30 years. She has several blogs written on a variety of topics.