39th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony

The City of Arcata Recreation Division announced that the 39th Annual Arcata
Lantern Floating Ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 6.

This event is an opportunity to offer spiritual consolation for everyone affected by the pandemic, those we
miss, departed loved ones, ancestors, and all we hold dear. The City of Arcata’s Nuclear-Free Zone
Committee started the Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony 39 years ago to commemorate the U.S. atomic
bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and to affirm Arcata’s dedication to the cause of peace, to
bring awareness to the dangers of nuclear proliferation, and to advocate for environmental sustainability.
On Saturday, August 6 a lantern-making station will be set up at the Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market from 9
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Materials and lantern-making assistance will be provided to those who would like to

Later that evening, the ceremony will take place at Klopp Lake, located in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife
Sanctuary from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with lanterns entering the water at sunset. The event will be hosted by
Arcata Mayor, Stacy Atkins-Salazar, and will include poetry reading, shakuhachi flute music by Rick
Kruze, the McKinleyville Choir, and the Raging Grannies.

Ceremony attendees are encouraged to walk, bike or to take a shuttle to the event. Parking will be available
at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot located on South G Street with a shuttle running from the
South G Street parking lot to Samoa Boulevard and I Street beginning at 7 p.m. and for the duration of the
ceremony to accommodate event participants. There will be no vehicle access at the Klopp Lake parking lot,
except for those with a designated Disabled Person (DP) placard or license plate.

Community groups helping to create this event include: the City of Arcata, Humboldt Buddhist Peace
Fellowship, GI Rights Hotline, Shinnyo en, Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Action
Committee, Veterans For Peace, Humboldt Friends Meeting (Quakers), United States Servas and the
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

The 39th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony is free and open for all to attend. For more information,
visit cityofarcata.org or call 707-822-7091.