A Guide to Local Memorial Day Events in Albany, New York

Memorial Day-originally called Decoration Day-is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving their country. First observed on May 5, 1866, this federal holiday has been celebrated on the last Monday in the month of May since 1971. Here’s a list of some of the more popular Memorial Day Events in the Albany, New York area.

The Farmers’ Museum will host its annual Memorial Day Weekend event on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Farmer’s Museum, 5575 State Hwy. 80 (Lake Road) in Cooperstown, New York. The activities include the popular Heritage Plant Sale, the season opening of the Children’s Barnyard along with sheep shearing, spinning, weaving and dyeing wool demonstrations. Visitors can buy heritage plants and seeds, medicinal herbs, ornamental and dye plants, heirloom-variety vegetable seeds and other garden accoutrements. For more information and admission fees call (607) 547-1450 or visit http://www.farmersmuseum.org .

The Walton Historical Society will present its Annual Memorial Day Civil War Re-Enactment at the Delaware County Fairgrounds beginning Friday night, May 27.This three-day event invites participants to experience what life might have been like during the Civil War and re-enacts several battles complete with cannons and guns. Refreshments are available all day and craft vendors will be on site. Parking, admission and entertainment are free. Call (607) 865-6656 for more information or visit http://www .waltonchamber.com.

Dutch Apple Cruises invites you to enjoy a Memorial Day Sightseeing Cruise down the Hudson River from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 30. Guests should be ready to board at 1:30 from Dutch Apple Cruises, 141 Broadway in Albany. This narrated voyage travels from Albany to Castleton and back. Tickets are $17.95 and seating is limited. For more information call (518) 463-0220 or visit http://www.dutchapplecruises.com.

Parades

Friday, May 27

South Glens Falls, 6 p.m. Begins at the corner of Main St. and William St. and ends at Village Triangle Park

Greenwich, 6 p.m. Starts at Main St. and ends at VFW

Stillwater, 6:15 p.m. Ceremony at 4:30. Parade begins on Campbell Rd. and proceeds up Hudson Ave.

Saturday, May 28

Ballston Spa, 9 a.m. Ceremony and parade begin on Blue Mill Bridge on Rt. 50 to Memorial Park

Lake George Village, 11 a.m. Marches from Beach Rd. to Shepard Park

Hague, 2 p.m. Begins at Hague Community Center and proceeds down Rt. 8

Sunday, May 29

Corinth, 6 p.m. Starts at the corner of Fifth St. and Palmer Ave. and ends at St. Mary’s Cemetery

Monday, May 30

Argyle, 10 a.m. Begins in north end of the village and ends at the American Legion Hall

Bolton, 10 a.m. Marches from Rogers Park to Veterans Park

Cambridge, 10 a.m. Memorial services begin at 9 a.m. Parade starts at Academy St. and ends at Robert Durrin Pavilion on Avenue B

Chestertown, 10 a.m. Starts at Main St.

Fort Ann, 10 a.m. Begins at Fort Ann Central School on Catherine St. and ends at Fort Ann Village Park

Glens Falls, 10 a.m. Starts at Bay St. and continues down Glen St.

Bethlehem, 11 a.m. Kicks off at the Elsmere Fire House and ends at Bethlehem Veterans Memorial Park