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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Posted: 5/26/2021 - 2-minute Read

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Every year we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday of May to honor and remember those who have served in the military and died.

While Memorial Day traditionally ushers in the summer fun in and around the Lake George region, it's important to remember the meaning of the holiday.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and originated after the U.S. Civil War. It was held on May 30 starting in 1868 until Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday and went into effect in 1971.

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land," said General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans.


It's not too late to book your Memorial Day Weekend getaway to the Lake George Area! Cut through all the noise and confusion on the Internet.

Click here for our Last-Minute Lodging page to see what hotels, motels and campgrounds have availability. 

Memorial Day Weekend Festivities & Ceremonies


The Town of Hague will have a Memorial Day Celebration on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Robert E. Henry Memorial Park, located at 9060 Lake Shore Drive in Hague.

Admission is free.

Activiites include:

  • White Elephant and Vendors Sale — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Caricature Artist Phil Singer — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Memorial Day Service — 2 p.m.
  • Chicken BBQ at Hague Fire Department — Starts at 4 p.m.

Call the Town of Hague for more information at 518-543-6161.

Lake George

May 31, 2021
10:30 a.m.
Lake George Battlefield Park (Beach Road and Fort George Road)

Join the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance on Memorial Day, May 31 in Lake George Battlefield Park at 10:30 a.m. to remember the Four Unknown Soldiers of the Battle of Lake George.

This site represents the many unknown soldiers from colonial wars whose remains rest in unknown graves in the Lake George Area. The Lake George Volunteer Fire Department, Lake George American Legion Post 374 and reenactors from For William Henry will be there as well. Stay for a historical walking tour of the park to follow.

Prospect Mountain

In addition, Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway in Lake George opens on Saturday, May 29, in time for Memorial Day Weekend. The road will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Return of Live Music

Improv Records brings pod-style outdoor live music shows to Festival Commons at the Charles R. Wood Park  all summer long! It all starts with The Memorial Meltdown.

Click here to learn more.

Glens Falls

May 31, 2021
11:30 a.m.
Cool Insuring Arena

Though there will not be a Glens Falls-Queensbury Memorial Day parade this year, there will be a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony on Monday, May 31, at 11:30 a.m. in Cool Insuring Arena.

The Cool Insuring Arena can seat about 1,400 people at 30% capacity, which is what’s allowable under New York State COVID-19 guidelines currently. Under the guidelines (as of May 26, 2021) arenas that can seat at least 1,500 can host events at 30% max capacity.


Fort Ticonderoga
All Weekend
Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday May 31 on Facebook Live

Fort Ticonderoga will pay tribute to the me and women who list their lives during the American Reovlution with weekend-long commemoration.

Fort Ticonderoga will hold a solemn virtual ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m. to remember fallen American soldiers. The ceremony can be accessed on the Fort Ticonderoga Facebook page.

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