Guide to Memorial Day events around Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day. Events are being held across the Rochester region to honor Americans who died while serving their country. Here is your guide to Memorial Day events:

Monday, May 29

Gates will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at the town hall on 1605 Buffalo Road from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Scottsville will hold its Parade and Ceremony at 9 a.m. It starts at 61 Main Street and is presented by the American Legion-Smith Warren Post No. 367.

Webster will hold its Memorial Day Parade starting at 9:30 a.m. It starts at Spry Middle School and moves down South Avenue. From there, it turns on Main Street and ends at the Webster Rural Cemetery. At 10 a.m., there will be a remembrance ceremony at the cemetery.

Pittsford will hold its Memorial Day parade starting at 10 a.m. It starts on West Jefferson Road and ends at the Pittsford Cemetery. After the parade, the American Legion will hold a ceremony.

Fairport will hold its Memorial Day parade, presented by Fairport VFW Post 8495, at 10 a.m. The parade starts at Fairport Baptist Home and ends at Potter Park. After the parade, there will be a ceremony at the Potter Park Memorial to honor U.S. soldiers who died.

The City of Rochester will hold its Memorial Day Parade starting at 10:30 a.m. It starts at East and Alexander, heads west on Main Street, and finishes at Main and Fitzhugh at around 1 p.m. The Memorial Day parade is one of the city’s longest-running parades, dating back to the early 1900s.

These streets will be closed to traffic from 8:30 to 11 a.m. with staggered openings as participants enter the parade:

  • East Avenue between Alexander Street and Arnold Park
  • Sibley Place at East Avenue
  • Meigs Street between Park Avenue and East Avenue
  • Arnold Park from East Avenue to Park Avenue
  • Strathallan Park from East Avenue to University Avenue
  • Prince Street between East Avenue and College Avenue

Penfield will hold its Memorial Day ceremony of remembrance at Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans Memorial Park. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will feature guest speaker Minh-Tuan Nguyen, a Rochester native who served in the U.S. Navy. He served on the USS Alexandria in San Diego from 2018 to 2020. Then, he coordinated the submarine and special operations for NATO in Europe and Africa from 2020 to 2022. The ceremony will also feature essays read by middle school students and Penfield’s traditional Presentation of Roses.

Hilton will hold its Memorial Day Parade at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of East Avenue and Canning Street. From there, it will go down Main Street and onto West Avenue, ending at a gazebo after turning onto Henry Street. There will also be a ceremony around 11 a.m. on the South lawn of the Hilton Community Center.

Victor will hold its Memorial Day Parade at 10:30 a.m., presented by the American Legion James Cooke Post 931 and local community leaders. The parade will start at the Victor Central School Campus, continue down High Street, and end at the Village Hall Parking Lot. After that, there will be a ceremony at the village hall.

Greece will hold its Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m. It will proceed down Long Pond Road from Janes Road to the Greece Town Hall campus. After that, the Greece Town Hall Pavilion will hold a remembrance ceremony at 11:45 a.m. Parking will be available at Greece Town Hall.

Brighton will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veteran Memorial in Buckland Park starting at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 30

Kendall in Orleans County will hold a ceremony at 7 p.m. at the war memorial and gazebo of Kendall Community Park to honor those who died while serving. May 30 is the original day of Memorial Day.

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