History Behind Memorial Day
The United States Celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday of May (Monday, May 30th, 2016). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker, it is typically the start of the summer vacation season and also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, and trips to the beach.
Celebrate Memorial Day on Clifton Hill!
Memorial Day is about spending time with family, friends and doing a little cross-border shopping — and we have all that here in Niagara Falls! Family friendly adventures can be found all along Clifton Hill — the “Street of Fun by the Falls” and beyond. If you want to be right in the middle of all the action, waking up with all the attractions, and with the majestic Niagara Falls just minutes from your hotel room, you can choose from quite a few Niagara hotels.
Choose a Clifton Hill hotel for the family looking to take in the beauty of the Niagara Falls, with the additional bonus of being on the street of fun. Hotels close by, such as the Howard Johnson, offer packages that include the excitement here with the Niagara Falls Family Fun Package. Choose any Lundy’s Lane hotel for the shopper in you, or a Fallsview Hotel for the couple leaving the kids at home and venturing away in order to wine, dine, and stick close to the gambling scene.
It is always a good idea to try to book your hotel in advance, especially when it comes to a long weekend such as Memorial Day weekend, as availability gets slim if you wait to the last minute.
Never been to Clifton Hill? Take a quick tour with this video!
Receive the latest and best savings at Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls with our Build-A-Package option. This allows you to pick and choose activities and dining savings options on the “Street of Fun by the Falls” this Memorial Day weekend without having it tied into a Niagara Falls hotel:
Need help with your itinerary? Use our “Fun Planner” to assist you in organizing your trip!
Niagara Falls Border Crossing:
2. At the border be ready to address the officer: Passengers should pass their passports and other ID to the driver before reaching the border services booth. In addition, take off your sunglasses, turn off radios and cellphones – don’t start doing these tasks once you’ve arrived at the booth.
3. Have a note for children traveling without both parents: Adults traveling over the border into Canada with children who are not their own, should have a written note from the parents or guardians giving permission for the children to leave the country. The permission should include the name and contact information of the parent / guardian.
(Children under the age of 16 can present an original copy of their birth certificate, passport or NEXUS card as preferred identification. Anyone over 16 MUST have a passport to cross the border.)
4. Know what you can and can’t bring into Canada.
5. Have your car registration available.
6. Check/empty your trunk: Unnecessary items in your trunk may be a source of questioning by border officials and may add time to your border crossing.
7. Be prepared to answer questions.
9. Roll Down the Front and Back Car Windows When You Pull up to the border officer’s window.
10. Check Out Border Wait Times Before Crossing.
**For additional information on crossing the border from the US into Canada click here.
Clifton Hill is the BEST place to find parking for the Memorial Day Weekend!
We have introduced a larger lot that spans over 700+ parking spaces. This is your best bet for this Holiday weekend. It gives easy access to all our local attractions and a few minutes walk down to Queen Victoria Park to view the fireworks.
Our parking lot is a short walk from the Fallsview Casino and their adjoining restaurants, and it comes complete with a jolly cut that allows you to bypass busy crowds and get from the parking lot into Queen Victoria Park and the Falls in a matter of seconds.
Click the image below for information on how to get here from the QEW or the Niagara Parkway, which includes a printable version for easy travelling:
Add Excitement to Your Memorial Day weekend getaway!
As mentioned earlier, Clifton Hill has all the fun by the Falls that you need! Grab a putter and play a prehistoric round of mini putt at the Dinosaur Adventure Golf, and afterwards, just steps away, is the world-famous Niagara SkyWheel. This giant Niagara Falls attraction gives you an eagle’s eye view of Clifton Hill, the Niagara Falls and the surrounding area, and maybe an opportunity to view some amazing sites and plan a little bit of your itinerary for the weekend!
Come experience a family-friendly 6D motion simulator on the Wild West Coaster. You can find it located in the Great Canadian Midway. Don’t forget you can get a great discount on all these attractions and more by picking up the Clifton Hill Fun Pass on-line, which also gives you an extra spin on the SkyWheel!
Niagara Boat Tours
Maid of the Mist: As you make your way to Clifton Hill in order to experience all this famous street has to offer, you will find the Maid of the Mist on the US side of the border. The boats depart from Niagara Reservation State Park at Prospect Point in Niagara Falls, New York. Known as North America’s oldest tourist attraction, millions of visitors have enjoyed the boat tours since 1846, and you can too!
Memorial Day hours for Maid of the Mist are as follows:
Saturday, May 28th: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 29th: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, May 30th: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Prices: $18.25 US for Adults, $10.65 US for Children (6-12), and all children 5 and under are FREE (with accompanying Adult)!
Hornblower Niagara Cruises: On the Canadian side of the border located at the bottom of Clifton Hill is the Hornblower Niagara Cruises.
They will take you on the ride of your life! An intimate tour that gets you as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist that is the magnificent Niagara Falls. Within the Niagara Great Gorge, the catamarans will journey past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and into the very heart of the famous Horseshoe Falls.
Memorial Day Hours for Hornblower Niagara Cruises are as follows:
May 7th – October 31st: 8:30 a.m. – Dusk for the daytime “Voyage to the Falls” Boat Tour.
For the special “Falls Illumination/Falls Fireworks” Cruises, the doors open at 8:00 pm.
The “Falls Illumination” Cruises sail on Saturday’s from May 1st – June 30th, 2016, with the boats sailing from 8:15 pm – 8:55 pm.
The “Falls Fireworks” Cruises sail from May 1st – October 31st, 2016 on Wednesday’s, Friday’s, Sunday’s, & Holidays, and sail from 9:45 pm – 10:25 pm. Fireworks go off at 10:00 pm (*Weather Permitting)
Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks Schedule
View the Niagara Falls Fireworks display hosted by the Niagara Parks on Friday, May 27th and Sunday, May 29th at 10:00pm down at Queen Victoria Park. *All dates and times subject to change and dependent upon weather and wind conditions*.
Come early on these days at 8:00 pm and you get to the experience the FREE Coca Cola sponsored concerts at the Queen Victoria Park Stage at the foot of the Illumination Tower in Queen Victoria Park.
Memorial Day Events and Activities
- Niagara Falls Fireworks
- Niagara Falls Illumination
- Hornblower Niagara
- Niagara SkyWheel
- Greg Frewin Show
- Marineland Canada
- UFE Fallsview Fury
- Flatley: Lord of the Dance
- Mark Walker at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Show
Night Life on Clifton Hill during the Memorial Day weekend!
There is a spectacular nightlife along Clifton Hill when the sun sets and all the attractions are lighting up the sky. You may even notice some street music making you want to move those hips just outside Boston Pizza Clifton Hill. If you are looking for a laid-back setting, but with a high-energy atmosphere, our location is bigger and better than you can image! We feature a huge dining area, two full-size bars, a comfortable spot to watch all the sporting action with our large screen tvs, plus arcade games for the kids and the young at heart.
Save some money with our online ONLY Boston Pizza Meal Deal special:
In the evening our restaurant turns into the hottest place to be. You must be 19+ after 10:00 pm, and Boston Pizza Clifton Hill also features Strike! at Night. Strike! is Niagara’s only upscale bowling alley and social hub. This bowling lounge features 14 full-size lanes including huge high-def projection screens above the pins that play the latest music videos, creating a party atmosphere that keeps you rocking between turns. As well, Strike boasts a million-dollar light/music center, 8 billiard tables, plus a great assortment of interactive games, ensuring a picture-perfect night out with friends!
Don’t worry about running out of money here as there are plenty of ATM locations on Clifton Hill if you need to replenish the stash. If you are worried about loosing any valuables, there are also lockers available for you at the Great Canadian Midway, so you can relax and feel comfortable while you are checking everything out.
As you can see, there is never a dull moment in Niagara Falls, so if you are looking for a fun time with the family on your Memorial Day long weekend, think about planning a trip to Niagara Falls and use Clifton Hill as your gateway to an amazing Memorial Day weekend!!