Memorial Day Events in the Hudson Valley

Festivities to honor and celebrate this holiday

memorial day events

Memorial Day is the day that America celebrates in honor of our soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice, our troops who have lost their family and friends and our freedoms that have come of those sacrifices; our capacity to help others in need; and our thankfulness for the people who fight for us. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Salute!

Dutchess County

May 24

TasteNY Todd Hill, 4640 Taconic State Parkway North, Poughkeepsie. 12pm. 

May 25-26

World War II Encampment
In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, the Great Lawn in front of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will take on the appearance of a World War II encampment with WWII Military Displays. Period military vehicles of all sizes and soldiers in battle dress will be on hand to share their love of World War II history.. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Great Lawn, 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. 10am.

May 25-27

Patriotism Unfurled
The Hyde Park Education Foundation will host its fourth annual “Field of Honor” flag display at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site over Memorial Day Weekend. Hundreds of American flags will fly in an inspiring, patriotic display. There will be an opening ceremony Saturday morning at 10am and fun family activities all weekend, including live, local entertainment and a kids tent. Sponsor a flag to honor anyone who has touched your life, such as family members, friends, teachers, community volunteers, veterans, active military and service people. The 3-foot-by-5-foot American-made flag will fly on an 8-foot flagpole. When the event has ended, sponsors may keep their flags or donate them for use in next year's display. Flags are sponsored by one-time donations of $20 or more. Dedicate and purchase a flag to take home for $45 or more. Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, 4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. 

May 27

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
We would like to take this opportunity to invite all Girl Scouts from Troop 10468 and leaders to participate in this year’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Please join us to remember and say thank you to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. The Parade will start at 10am. Lineup will begin at 9:30am at 1189 Route 216 (formerly Clove Excavators) and will continue through Main Street to the Town Hall, where the ceremony and the placing of the wreath will be conducted. All scouts are to wear their Girl Scout vest or sash. Candy will be provided to distribute along the parade route. The firehouse will be grilling and providing food after the ceremony. Beekman Town Hall, 4 Main St, Poughquag. 

Memorial Day Services
The Beacon Veteran Alliance (VFW, Am Legion, Marine Corps League, Guardian Revival and Nam Knights) are conducting Memorial Day services - plus. Beginning at 10am at the E. Main St. bridge to honor the Veterans who were lost at sea. 11am: Memorial ceremony in front of the Veterans Memorial Bldg, 413 Main St. 12pm: Raising of colors to full staff during which the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome with conduct a multi-plane flyover. Followed by the opening of the building corner to commemorate the building's 100th-year anniversary. Time capsule will be opened, and items displayed. Additionally, we will be dedicating the area in front of our building as Peattie Square in honor of 1st Lt. Francis Peattie who was shot down and killed in the Pacific during WW! He received two Silver Stars among other personal awards. Free food and refreshments during event. Beginning at the E. Main St Bridge, Beacon. 

The American Legion Post 739 organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway to honor our region’s veterans and their service to our country. The most special flag changing ceremony takes place on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day. Dutchess County Executive William O’Neil and Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger join with veterans’ affairs leaders and local VFW members for a moving sunset ceremony that also includes a four-gun salute, the playing of Taps, local artists performing God Bless America, and a carnation toss into the Hudson River. This special sunset ceremony begins promptly at 7:30pm and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Center Overlook of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic, 61 Parker Ave, Poughkeepsie. 7:30pm. 

Town of Hyde Park Memorial Day Parade
Parade Route: North on Route 9 towards Town Hall. All marchers, floats, cars, bands, etc. will turn left on Main Street (located between Hyde Park Library and Town Hall) and march past Town Hall heading west. *All fire vehicles will continue just north of Main Street and turn right into the vacant parking lot (formerly Hyde Park Motors) opposite Town Hall*. Ceremony: Immediately following the parade, participants and spectators are encouraged and welcome to attend Memorial Services by the American Legion located at Town Hall. If you would like to be in the parade click here to sign up. Roosevelt Cinemas - parade begins, 4060 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. 

Orange County

May 19

Town of New Windsor's Memorial Day Parade
Parade line-up begins at 1:30pm at the Post Office Plaza. A shuttle bus will be running from New Windsor School for participants to leave their vehicles. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available at New Windsor School's upper lot for participants. Post Office Plaza, New Windsor. 

May 25

Memorial Day Events and Parade
The City of Newburgh’s Memorial Day observances include a flag distribution at the Activity Center, 401 Washington Street, 10am to 2pm. On May 26 a motorcade will depart from the former American Legion Hall, 62 Grand Street, at 8:30am and visit all area cemeteries to place wreaths and flags. On May 27, 10am, line-up for the parade will be at 9:15am on Richman Avenue. There will be services held at Washington's Headquarters immediately after the parade, beginning at approximately 11:15am. The City of Newburgh will conclude its Memorial Day observances on May 27 with the reading of the names of all deceased veterans since World War I at the Orange County Veterans Memorial, at the intersection of Liberty Street and Leroy Place, at 3pm. Family members who would like to read the names of their veterans are most welcome to do so. 10am. 

May 25 & 26

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
During Memorial Day weekend, in honor of those who serve(d) in the US Military, come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site for these special activities: The lecture, From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart, will be presented May 25th at 2pm. On Saturday and Sunday, learn about Secret Messages. General Washington used a variety of secret messages to convey information back and forth with spies. All ages can try their hand at deciphering coded messages just like those in General Washington’s spy network. 
Saturday, 2pm and Sunday, 1pm-5pm.

May 26

Village of Monroe Memorial Day Parade
The parade will begin at 1:30 PM from Smith’s Clove Park. In recognition of the sacrifices made by our nation’s military, we respectfully ask that we, as a community, gather to honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation. We are appealing to all organizations to join us, as we march through the Village of Monroe. Whether you are part of a veteran organization, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, social club, athletic club, or extra-curricular club, we invite you to honor those who gave their final measure of devotion to our nation, by marching with us. 1:30pm. 

May 27

19th Annual Memorial Day Community Picnic and Fundraiser

After the parade at 11:30am, come to the library at noon for food, fun, games, face painting by Not Just Faces, balloons by Matt Stevens, and entertainment by DJ George Carney! At 12:30 we'll have a wacky performance from Jester Jim, and at 2pm we'll be drawing our raffle winners. Raffle tickets are ON SALE NOW at the library!

Village of Montgomery Memorial Day Parade
Parade line-up begins at 10:30 am at the corner of Clinton St. and Walnut Ave. Step off is at 11am. Montgomery. 

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Please join American Legion Post 1250 for the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to remember & honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. Parade line up is at 12:45pm from Cohen Circle, kick-off is 1pm down Main Street, and the Ceremony will take place at the Veteran's Monument in front of Seward. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts are invited to help with the flag ceremony. Veteran's Monument in Front of Seward, N Main St. Florida. 1pm.

Ulster County

Mayfest Farmers & Makers Market
May 25-27, 12pm. Walkway Over the Hudson is pleased to present the sixth annual Mayfest Farmers & Makers Market over Memorial Day Weekend (3 days). Mayfest brings a curated selection of the Hudson Valley’s finest 190 producers including farms, distilleries, breweries, wineries, restaurants, artisans, and more to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. General admission tickets are available now for only $5 per person. Children under 12 and Walkway Over the Hudson Members receive free admission! Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, 87 Haviland Rd, Highland.

Open House + Farm Stand Opening
May 25, 10am. Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with us at our annual Open House! Dive into the heart of small-scale organic farming with: guided farm tours with Celia Fay and Jonathan Friedman, biochar live demos with Bill Hilgendorf, plant counseling table w/ Kris Garnier, soil stew making with Amanda Vaughn, enchanting tales with local storyteller Wade Baker, live music with Mac & Cheez Balkan PowerTrio! Las Tres Americas food truck! kids activities, and more! Join us for a day of community, connection, and celebration as we open our doors to share the magic of the farm with you! FREE to attend! White Feather Farm, 1389 Rt 212, Saugerties.

Sullivan County

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
May 27, 10:30am. Main St. to Liberty Veteran's Cemetery. Liberty.

Updated 5/12/2024

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