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Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Dutchess

Date Published: May 5, 2023

The sun is shining, the weather is warming and the flowers are blooming — what a great time to visit the Hudson Valley! This Memorial Day Weekend is shaping up to be a great one, with many fun and patriotic events planned right here in Dutchess County. Here is a list of family-friendly activities to help you plan an unforgettable holiday weekend. Keep that camera handy! If you would like, feel free to share your photos here.

Innisfree Garden Millbrook
Innisfree Garden, Millbrook

"Morning Light: Sunrise at Innisfree"

Saturday, May 27, 4:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Innisfree Garden, Millbrook

If it's peace and tranquility you crave, this is the event for you! The 185-acre public garden will open about an hour before sunrise for anyone looking to experience the beauty and serenity of the picturesque garden’s natural and designed features as they awaken with the first light of day and are gently bathed in golden sunlight. The Japanese primroses, yellow foxgloves and peonies should be blooming. With its beautiful flowers and plants, breathtaking rock formations and all sorts of wildlife, Innisfree is truly a sight to behold. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest gardens. Bring a picnic breakfast or lunch and spend the whole day! Plus, this event falls on Innisfree's Community Day, so residents of these Northeast Dutchess County communities: Amenia, Clinton Corners, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford, Washington, Wassaic, Wingdale and their hamlets receive free entry into the garden (proof of address required). Click here to register.

Related: Memorial Day Events in Hyde Park

Stormville Airport Flea Market
Stormville Airport Flea Market, Stormville

Stormville Airport Flea Market  

Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Stormville Airport, Stormville

With hundreds of vendors lined up, the Stormville Airport Flea Market is a treasure hunter's dream come true. As seen on the HGTV show "Flea Market Flip," you can find anything and everything, including antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, old treasures and new merchandise. There is something for everyone, so walk, shop, eat and enjoy! Free parking and free admission. For details, click here. 

Related: Top Fishing Spots in Dutchess County

SplashDown Beach.
SplashDown Beach, Fishkill

SplashDown Beach’s Opening Weekend  

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 27-29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at SplashDown Beach, Fishkill

Here’s one for the kids – and the kids at heart! Start Memorial Day Weekend off with a splash at “America’s Biggest Little Water Park,” which features water slides and attractions for all ages. Get your pulse racing on The Megalodon raft ride or the Humunga Half-Pipe (New York’s only zero-gravity half-pipe). Or cool off and relax as you float down the Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River in your own tube. Plus, coming this summer is the new Pelican Bay Water Playground, which features four new water slides and a 500-gallon dumping bucket. To purchase tickets and season passes, click here.

Fairy House Hunt at Locust Grove Estate Poughkeepsie
Fairy House Hunt at Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie

"Fairy House Hunt" at Locust Grove

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 27-29, 10 a.m. at Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie

Kids and families will love the Fairy House Hunt, a scavenger hunt for more than 30 tiny fairy houses hidden among the gardens and trees at Locust Grove. Costumes encouraged! Fairy wings and flower crowns are available for purchase in the museum shop. Click here to purchase tickets. Locust Grove is an Italianate-style villa that was designed in 1850 for Samuel F. B. Morse, the creator of Morse Code. These days, the mansion is open for tours, and the 200 acres of landscaped grounds include five miles of hiking trails.

Related: Top 10 Hidden Gem Hikes

Barn Star Spring Antiques Show

Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck

Barn Star's motto is "Save Natural Resources, Buy Antiques!" And there will be plenty of antiques at this annual show, which features more than 125 exhibitors' displays spread across three spacious and well-ventilated buildings at the Fairgrounds. The show spans not only centuries, but cultures as well, with antique items of all sorts. Specialty food truck vendors will be serving up a delicious menu. After the show, take some time to visit Historic Rhinebeck Village. $12 per person; parking is free. No pets allowed. To purchase tickets, click here.

Staatsburgh Mansion
Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburg

"World War I and the End of the Gilded Age"

Monday, May 29, 2 p.m. at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburg

Led by a costumed guide, this tour of the Staatsburgh Mansion chronicles how the Mills women and men participated in the war effort and explains how the extravagance of the Gilded Age era withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. To make the required reservations, click here. 

Parades and Ceremonies 

Friday, May 26

Hopewell Junction: Ceremony at the flagpole at John Jay High School at 7 a.m., hosted by John Jay students and staff, along with American Legion Manny Bacon Post 1758. 

Tivoli: Flag placement ceremony at the Red Church Cemetery at 11 a.m., hosted by the Harris Smith American Legion Post 524. 

Sunday, May 28

Milan: Parade at Milan Town Hall starting at noon, hosted by the Town of Milan Veterans’ Committee. 

Poughkeepsie: Ceremony at 3 p.m. at the Soldier & Sailor Fountain on South Avenue, hosted by the City of Poughkeepsie and American Legion Lafayette Post 37.  

Rhinebeck: Ceremony at 6368 Mill Street at 11 a.m., hosted by the Rhinebeck Reformed Church, and by the Montgomery American Legion Post 429. 

Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie: Flag changing ceremony at 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Pleasant Valley/Millbrook American Legion Post 739.

Monday, May 29

Amenia: Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Amenia Veterans Memorial Park, hosted by VFW Post 5444.  

Beacon: Ceremonies at 9 a.m. on the East Main Street Bridge and at 11 a.m. at Veteran's Memorial Hall, 413 Main Street, hosted by American Legion Post 203.

Beekman: Parade between the town hall and the fire house beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a free barbecue, hosted by the Town of Beekman.

Dover Plains: Parade on Nellie Hill Road at 9 a.m. and ceremony at Valley View Cemetery, hosted by American Legion Wingdale Post 1949.

East Fishkill: Parade at 10:45 a.m. at the East Fishkill Community Center and ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at the corner of Route 82 and Beekman Road, hosted by American Legion Manny Bacon Post 1758 and by the Town of East Fishkill.  

Fishkill: The parade and ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., with the parade marching from Church Street to Main Street and Broad Street, hosted by the Village of Fishkill. There will also be a Memorial Day Service at the Fishkill Rural Cemetery led by Major Patricia Greaves, Chaplin USMA, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Hyde Park: Parade and ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon between Town Hall and the Hyde Park War Memorial, and a wreath placement at the Rose Garden at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site at 3 p.m., hosted by the Hyde Park Recreation Department and Hyde Park American Legion Post 1303.

Millbrook: Parade and ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at Franklin Avenue and Tribute Garden Park, hosted by Millbrook VFW Post 9008. Guest speaker: Air Force Colonel Edward M. Soto.

North East/Millerton: Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and march from the Millerton Fire House to Veterans Park on Main Street for a ceremony, hosted by Millerton American Legion Post 178.

Pawling: Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and march from the Chamber of Commerce on Memorial Drive to the ceremony at Veteran Memorial Plaza at the Village Green, hosted by American Legion Hasler Kamp Post 215.

Pine Plains: Parade and ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. (the parade will march from Pine Plains Firehouse to Town Clock Memorial to Evergreen Cemetery), hosted by Shekomeko American Legion Post 426 and Pine Plains VFW Post 5519.

Pleasant Valley: Ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Mill site on Main Street. The ceremony will be hosted by Pleasant Valley/Millbrook American Legion Post 739.

Poughkeepsie: Ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at the Dutchess County War Memorial at John K. Rinaldi Park, hosted by Dutchess County Executive William F.X. O'Neil and the Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services. Guest speaker: U.S. Navy SEAL Alex Othmer.

Red Hook: Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and march from Red Hook High School to Memorial Square Park, where there will be a ceremony hosted by VFW Post 7765. 

Rhinebeck: Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, hosted by American Legion Post 429.

Rhinecliff: Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the Center of Town, hosted by American Legion Post 429. 

Staatsburg: Ceremony at Dinsmore Park at 8 a.m., hosted by community volunteers. 

Stanford: Parade and ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the Bangall War Monument on Hunns Lake Road, hosted by the Leroy Campbell American Legion Post 1793.

Tivoli: Ceremony at 11 a.m. and refreshments to follow at Monument Hill, hosted by Harris Smith American Legion Post 524.  

Union Vale: Ceremony on the Green in Verbank at 9 a.m., hosted by the Union Vale Fire Company. 

Wappinger: Ceremony at Brexel-Schlathaus Park at 2 p.m., hosted by the Town of Wappinger Recreation Department.

Wappingers Falls: Ceremony at 9 a.m. Mesier Park, hosted by American Legion Post 427 and VFW 591. 

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