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Memorial Day Celebration

Celebrate the City of Minneapolis’ 150th Anniversary at Lakewood Cemetery Monday, May 29, 2017

The City of Minneapolis, incorporated in 1867, grew from the wilderness into a thriving city of business, culture and community. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, join us at Lakewood as we honor Memorial Day by paying tribute to the sacrifices of military men and women, as well as other laborers, visionaries and developers who made Minneapolis what it is today.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (612) 822-2171 or email info@lakewoodcemetery.com.

Memorial Day Ceremony
At 10:30 a.m., our Memorial Day ceremony is held near the Soldiers Memorial monument. To locate the ceremony site within the cemetery, see map of the cemetery (PDF). This year’s ceremony will include Robert Robinson’s gospel quartet, the Minneapolis Police Band and a dove release.

Please note: Chairs are available, but seating is limited. You are welcome to bring your own blanket or portable chair.

Minneapolis 150th Tours & Exhibits

Special exhibit: “The Making of Minneapolis: A Great City Grows in the Wilderness” – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Minneapolis was born in a place of great promise. But it took many individuals with vision and daring to fulfill that promise. From entrepreneurs to laborers, land developers to healthcare providers —all did their part to create the grand city that is Minneapolis. Learn about their stories at this special exhibit offered this Memorial Day.

Special walking tour: “The People Who Shaped a City” – 12 - 3 p.m.
Take a stroll through Lakewood’s oldest sections to visit the gravesites of the city’s founders and the people who helped bring their vision of a great city to life. Learn of the individuals behind well-known place names, from Walker to Pillsbury, and those whose names are less familiar. Imagine the families who came and grew here, their triumphs and tragedies. Tours depart at various times throughout the afternoon. Tickets available at the event.

Trolley tours of Lakewood’s history, art and gardens – 12 - 3 p.m.
Take a trolley tour of Lakewood to see monuments of local politicians, business leaders and other community members. You’ll also learn about Lakewood’s landscape and gardens and see artistic monument styles from the Victorian era to today. Tours depart at various times throughout the afternoon. Tickets available at the event.

Horse-and-carriage rides – 12 - 3 p.m.
Travel through the cemetery as visitors once did – by carriage. Enjoy a pleasant ride around Lakewood’s oldest section with views of beautiful monuments and Lake Calhoun.

Historic streetcar line rides - 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Take a round trip on the historic Lake Harriet streetcar this Memorial Day, brought to you by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. Board at Lakewood’s old streetcar entrance (follow the signs in the cemetery that day). The Minnesota Streetcar Museum charges $2 for a round trip; kids 3 & under ride free.

Music, Refreshments and Other Exhibits

Refreshments - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Enjoy free coffee and cookies while you listen to live music in Lakewood’s beautiful outdoor garden area. The refreshments tent is located in the garden area between the Lakewood Garden Mausoleum and the Lakewood Community Memorial Mausoleum.

Music inside the Lakewood Chapel
Listen to live music and view the spectacular mosaic interior of Lakewood’s Byzantine-style chapel, built in 1910. Self-guided tour brochures of the Chapel are available in the Chapel foyer.

Music outdoors near the Refreshments Tent
Enjoy refreshments while listening to live music from local musicians.

“Lakewood Chapel: 1910 to Today” exhibit, lower level of Lakewood’s chapel - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Discover Lakewood’s Byzantine-style mosaic chapel, from its 1910 construction to its 1997 renovation. The exhibit includes historic photos of the Lakewood trustees who commissioned the chapel to be built, many of whom were prominent in Minneapolis’ growth as a city.

“History of Lakewood” exhibit, lower level of Lakewood’s chapel - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This exhibit explores the history, art and culture of Lakewood, including facts about Minneapolis history, cemetery art and sculpture, symbolism, horticulture and famous people memorialized at Lakewood.

Self-guided walking tours of the cemetery
Lakewood offers three self-guided walking tours:
  • Lakewood Cemetery: A Self-Guided Tour
  • Lakewood Memorial Chapel: A Visitor’s Guide
  • A Tour of Memorial Symbolism at Lakewood Cemetery
You can pick up these free tour brochures in Lakewood's Administration Building (at the front entrance), in the Lakewood Memorial Chapel, or in either mausoleum on Memorial Day or anytime during Lakewood’s daily hours of operation. To download the tour brochures now, visit Lakewood's online bookstore.

Parking, Flowers and Other Details

Floral arrangements
During Memorial Day weekend, you can purchase fresh floral bouquets for loved ones’ graves. Prices range from $8 to $25. Look for the tent just inside our main gate. You can also find containers for bouquets of fresh flowers and a limited number of small flags along the main road as you enter the cemetery. You may use them free of charge. See our decoration policy.

You may park alongside roads in the cemetery except where there are "no parking" signs. Traffic in the cemetery on Memorial Day is congested, especially when entering or exiting the cemetery at the 36th Street & Hennepin Avenue entrance. You may also enter and exit the cemetery at Dupont & 40th Street (this gate is open Memorial Day only). See a map of the cemetery (PDF).).

All food and activities are free, except the $2 streetcar rides provided by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum.

Call (612) 822-2171 or email us at info@lakewoodcemetery.com if you have questions about this event.
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