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Memorial Day

May 29 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Lakewood Cemetery
Free and Open to the Public
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Join us on this special day of commemoration to honor and remember those who are loved and missed. Join us for the return of our annual ceremony in person at the Soldier’s Memorial, followed by a special celebration with activities and refreshments for the whole family. This event is free and all are welcome.

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Memorial Day Ceremony | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Onsite at the Soldier’s Memorial | Free and open to all

We are honored to invite you back to Lakewood’s grounds for this treasured tradition. Check back for announcements on speakers, musicians, and more.

Seating will be provided but we encourage you to bring your own chairs and blankets especially if you plan to arrive closer to the start of the ceremony as seats may fill up fast.

Memorial Day Celebration | Noon – 4 p.m.

Various locations | Free and open to all

Check back as we get closer to the event for information on activities and offerings.

Historic Memorial Chapel

Experience the historic Memorial Chapel, an architectural gem in the heart of the city – self guided tours will be provided, or you can get a digital version of the self-guided chapel tour here.

Como-Harriet Streetcar

Take a ride on the historic Como-Harriet Streetcar Line and enjoy the scenic views between Lakewood and Lake Harriet ($3 per person, round trip. Children under 3 are free.) The streetcar runs from 9:30am – 8:30pm on Memorial Day.

Flower Tent

During Memorial Day weekend, you can purchase fresh floral bouquets for loved ones’ graves. 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.

Locating a Grave

If you need assistance locating a grave, we have several helpful options:

  • Utilize the burial search feature on our website, which includes a printed map, or GPS directions using Google Maps
  • Visiting our administrative building right as you enter the front gates and asking anyone on the Lakewood team for assistance
  • Stopping by our Information Kiosk which is on the lower east side of the administration building
  • Calling or emailing our office in advance for directions. Call 612-822-2171, or email info@lakewoodcemetery.org

Getting To Lakewood

Parking

You may park along roads in the cemetery, except where there are “no parking” signs. Traffic in the cemetery on Memorial Day can be heavily congested, especially when entering or exiting the cemetery at the 36th Street & Hennepin Avenue entrance. To avoid traffic congestion, you can also use the 40th Street gate, which is open on Memorial Day.

Bussing 

There is a bus that stops right outside of Lakewood’s gates, the Garden Mausoleum is about two “city blocks” away from the entrance.

Biking

Lakewood has one small bike rack near the front gates. Please do not lock bikes to any of our signs or trees. A Nice Ride station is available on 34th/Hennepin, and 36th/Bryant, just a few blocks away from our front gates. Please use caution when biking through Lakewood on Memorial Day as we see a heavy increase in traffic.

Como-Harriet Streetcar

Looking for a fun and exciting way to get to Lakewood for Memorial Day without having to park onsite? Consider taking the Como-Harriet Streetcar! You can park near Lake Harriet station and take the streetcar between the two destinations. Streetcar runs from 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The streetcar leaves approximately every 15 minutes and costs $3 per person, round trip.

Questions? Call (612) 540-5165 or email us at events@lakewoodcemetery.org.

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