The sun is shining, and the weather is warming up. 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 sampling of family-friendly activities to make your Memorial Day weekend memorable.
Hunt for Treasures at the Stormville Airport Flea Market
Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stormville Airport, Stormville
With hundreds of vendors lined up, the Stormville Airport Flea Market is sure to have what you’re looking for, 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.
Make Some Waves at SplashDown Beach’s Opening Weekend
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28 through 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at SplashDown Beach, Fishkill
Get wet and wild as Fishkill’s SplashDown Beach, dubbed “America’s Biggest Little Water Park,” reopens for the season over Memorial Day Weekend! With heart-pounding water slides like “The Megalodon” and the “Arctic Plunger Racer,” and more laid-back attractions like the “Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River” and the “Coconut Pool,” there is fun for all ages at SplashDown, from the very young to the young at heart! To purchase tickets and season passes, click here.
Barn Star Spring Antiques Show Returns to Rhinebeck
Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
This event has always presented diverse and visually exciting material, and this spring’s show is no different. Several exceptional dealers have been added to an already stellar list. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds will once again host this iconic event in three spacious and well-ventilated buildings. The show spans not only centuries, but cultures as well, with antique items of all sorts. Specialty food truck vendors will be serving 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.
Enjoy Baseball, Fireworks and Family Fun
Saturday, May 28 at 6:05 p.m. at Dutchess Stadium, Fishkill
The Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team - the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees - host the Rome Braves in a South Atlantic League game. It's Survival of the Fittest Night at the ballpark, and fans will battle one another in a competition of grit and determination. Last person standing wins! The Renegades will also hold their weekly Saturday Night Music event, and there will be post-game fireworks! To purchase tickets, click here.
Staatsburgh Tour Focuses on World War I and the End of the Gilded Age
Monday, May 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburg
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 27
Hopewell Junction: A ceremony will be held at the flagpole at John Jay High School at 7 a.m., hosted John Jay students and staff, along with American Legion Post 1758.
Tivoli: There will be a flag placement ceremony at the Red Church Cemetery at 11 a.m., hosted by Harris Smith Post 524.
Amenia: There will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Amenia Veterans Memorial Park, hosted by VFW Post 5444.
Beacon: The City of Beacon’s 154th commemoration of Memorial Day is hosted by the five community veteran’s organizations at the Veterans Memorial building and is a solemn occasion. At 10 a.m. on the East Main Street Bridge, there will be a public commemoration of the sacrifices made by the naval forces. At 11 a.m. in front of the Veteran’s Memorial Building at 430 Main Street, the public commemoration will continue with key remarks by Edie Meeks, a Beacon High School student, the Hon. Peter Foreman, and a veteran from the community. A special award made by the Republic of Korea will also be presented to a Beacon resident who served honorably in the Korean Conflict. The day’s events will be hosted by American Legion Post 203.
Beekman: There will be a parade between the town hall and the fire house beginning at 10 a.m., hosted by the Town of Beekman.
East Fishkill: The parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the East Fishkill Community Center and march up Route 82 to the Veterans Memorial at the corner of Route 82 and Beekman Road. The Memorial service will start at 11 a.m., hosted by American Legion 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. The events will be hosted by the Village of Fishkill.
Hyde Park: There will be a parade and ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon between Town Hall and the Hyde Park War Memorial, hosted by the Hyde Park and Recreation Department and Hyde Park American Legion Post 1303.
Millbrook: There will be a parade and ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at Franklin Avenue and Tribute Garden Park, hosted by Millbrook VFW Post 9008.
Pine Plains: The Memorial Day 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. The events will be hosted by Shekomeko American Legion Post 426 and Pine Plains VFW Post 5519.
Poughkeepsie: The Dutchess County War Memorial Ceremony, set to start at 11 a.m. at John K. Rinaldi Park, will gather local veterans from several eras. The keynote speaker, Navy Commander John Mastriani of the USS Roosevelt, the adopted ship of Dutchess County, will offer remarks. Fellow sailors from the USS Roosevelt will be in attendance. The event will be hosted by Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and the Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services.
Red Hook: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and march from Red Hook High School to Memorial Square Park, where there will be a Remembrance Ceremony hosted by VFW Post 7765.
Rhinebeck: Dutchess County Fairgrounds will provide the backdrop for the Rhinebeck Memorial Day parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. The event will be hosted by American Legion Post 429.