Seeking a small town setting for your Memorial Day holiday? Consider a visit to Lancaster, Ohio and allow your family to be embraced by a warm, welcoming atmosphere. A number of well-known celebrities were born in the area.

Memorial Day ParadeCredit: Len Melisurgo/ The Star-Ledger

Originally settled by Hopewell, Adena and Fort Ancient Native American tribes, the first white arrivals to the area were the Pennsylvania German. Their newspaper, called Der Ohio Adler, merged with the Ohio Gazette to create The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, the longest running newspaper in the state. Lancaster is home to Ralcorp, the company behind a number of breakfast cereals including Cookie Crisp and Chex. 

Over 200 people attended the 2011 Memorial Day Parade in Lancaster, Ohio. Located close to the Hocking River, residents can travel to nearby Columbus in a little over 30 minutes. The parade honors military personnel and their loved ones left behind during deployments. Additional holiday activities are also held in the city.

The Parade

The Memorial Day Parade in Lancaster, Ohio starts between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mulberry and Columbus Streets mark the start of a parade route ending at Forest Rose Cemetery. Check local newspapers for updated information on start times and parade routing. Local high school marching bands, veterans groups and law enforcement personnel march in the parade. The parade ends with a gun salute at Forest Rose Cemetery and acknowledgement of veterans who passed away during the previous year.

Other Activities

You can stay active before the Memorial Day Parade by participating in the 5K Memorial Day Rooster's Run hosted by Lancaster High School. The race starts at 9 a.m. on a course certified by the United States Track and Field Association. Separate races are held for child and adult participants. After the race, Lancaster High hosts the Doug Henwood Memory Walk.

Local Attractions

You can visit local attractions after enjoying the Memorial Day Parade. Attractions open during Memorial Day include AHA! A Hands-On Adventure. Interactive activities entertain children and their caregivers. Lancaster is a noted agricultural center. A number of swine, dairy and beef cattle farms are located in the city. During your visit, be sure to take pictures of the lush architecture. Purchase glassware from the Anchor Hocking Corporation.

Visit Rising Park for an opportunity to view Mount Pleasant, known to Native Americans as Standing Bluff. A marked path leads the way to scenic views of Lancaster. Experienced climbers who conquer the cave known as Devil's Kitchen are rewarded with panoramic views of the city. During the month of July, stop by the Lancaster Festival. The 10 day event features performances from various artists.

Transportation Info

Travel to the Memorial Day Parade in Lancaster, Ohio by vehicle. Public transportation is suspended for the Memorial Day holiday. Trinity Airport services the city of Lancaster, OH. An airport shuttle makes pick-ups and drop-offs at designated city points. Rent a car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car or Avis. Private limousine services require 24 hour notice. Some companies have minimum rental time requirements. Trailways bus company provides service to Lancaster. Contact the company directly for schedule information.