TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Memorial Day marks a day of honor and remembrance for those who gave their lives in service to their country. Every year, there are events, parades and ceremonies planned to celebrate the day in Tompkins County. Here’s a guide to Monday’s events, as well as area closures. 


There will be several ceremonies throughout the day, beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the City Cemetery. At 9:30 a.m., there will be a ceremony at South Hill Cemetery, as well as a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Eastlawn Cemetery. Following these services, there will also be a ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at DeWitt Park.

The 9th annual Ithaca City Cemetery Cleanup & Tour will take place at the Ithaca City Cemetery from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers should arrive at 9 a.m., with work projects such as trash pickup, headstone resetting and cleaning headstones beginning at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers should dress weather-appropriate, wear sturdy shoes and bring something to drink, as well as work gloves if available. All ages are welcome. A tour of the cemetery will be offered from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m after the cleanup.


There will be a Memorial Day parade at 10:30 am in Dryden, followed by a service near the fountain at the Village Green. Afterward, there will be a luncheon hosted by the Dryden Veterans Memorial Home at its Route 13 location.


The 5th annual Newfield Memorial Day Celebration & Parade will begin with an indoor service at 9:30 a.m. in the Newfield Elementary School Upper Gymnasium. A parade will follow, beginning at Newfield Schools and ending at Woodlawn Cemetery, with a service at the completion of the parade. The event will also have Pastor Dale Ford of the Trumbulls Corners Community Church as a guest speaker to read about the 75th anniversary of D-Day.


The Memorial Day Parade will line up at the Trumansburg Central School District at 9:30 a.m., and will begin marching to Saint James Cemetery at 10 a.m.  American Legion Post 770 will also be hosting an open house following the ceremony.


Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management and the Recycling & Solid Waste Center (RSWC) will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. There will be no curbside recycling collection that day.

Recycling collection will take place a day late for the remainder of the holiday week. That means if your regularly scheduled collection day is Monday, recycling will be picked up on Tuesday; regular Tuesday collection will take place Wednesday, and so on.

The Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit will not operate services on Monday for Memorial Day. Administrative offices will also be closed for the day. Service will resume and offices will reopen on Tuesday.

The Tompkins County Public Library will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of  Memorial Day. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday with regular hours.

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Featured image: Memorial Day 2017 (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice)

Rae Harris

Rae Harris is an intern at the Ithaca Voice and a staff writer for Buzzsaw Magazine. She will be graduating from Ithaca College with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in sociology in May 2019. Contact her...