Waterloo, New York: Birthplace of Memorial Day

Where the idea was hatched in 1866 to honor Civil War dead, celebrated, and eventually declared an official national holiday. The town Memorial Day Museum is closed on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Museum

35 E Main St, Waterloo, NY
Main St. and Church St.
Closed on Memorial Day! Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Waterloo town welcome sign.

Birthplace of Memorial Day

Waterloo is a great little town. Lots of shops and places to browse.

[Brian From Rockland County NY, 10/16/2021]

Memorial Day historical marker.

Birthplace of Memorial Day

Memorial Day Place, located right in downtown Waterloo, commemorates the federal recognition of Waterloo as the first town to hold official Memorial Day celebrations. There is also a Memorial Day museum down the street, which was closed for Memorial Day when we arrived.

[Nicole, 05/28/2018]

President Lyndon B. Johnson and the U.S. Congress officially recognized Waterloo's birthplace of Memorial Day claim in May 1966.

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