Lantern Ceremony

The Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony is an opportunity for members of our community to offer spiritual consolation for people they miss, departed loved ones, ancestors, cultures and all we hold dear.

The 36
th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 11 at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary’s Klopp Lake.

Event Details


  • Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 - 10 pm
  • Location: Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary's Klopp Lake
  • Admission: Free
A lantern-making station will be set up at the Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market on Saturday, August 11 from 9 am to 1:30 pm. All materials and lantern-making assistance will be provided.

The lantern-floating ceremony will take place later that evening at Klopp Lake in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary from 7:30 to 10 pm.


All members of our community are invited attend the 36th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony to witness the launching of the illuminated lanterns on the lake.

The City of Arcata’s Nuclear Free Zone Committee began the Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony ceremony 36 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. In recent years, the ceremony of remembrance has grown to include the ancient Japanese custom of floating lanterns to honor the memory of departed loved ones.

Lantern floating is a beautiful opportunity for our community to come together for a collective moment of remembrance and reflection. The lanterns are made out of traditional Japanese rice paper which are placed on hand-carved wooden bases to be floated on the lake. In lieu of candles, reusable LED lights are used to illuminate the lanterns, and once the ceremony concludes volunteers in canoes retrieve and dismantle all lanterns to ensure there is no waste left behind and that marsh wildlife is not disrupted.

Ceremony attendees are encouraged to walk, bike or to take a shuttle to the event. The shuttle will run from Samoa Boulevard and I Street to the marsh parking lot located on South G Street.

For those driving to the event, parking will be available at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot located on South G Street. There will be no parking or vehicle access to the Klopp Lake parking lot, except for those with a designated Disabled Person (DP) placard or DP license plate. 

This event is free and open to the public thanks to community sponsors including the City of Arcata, the GI Rights Hotline, Humboldt Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Humboldt Friends Meeting (Quakers), Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Action Committee, Shinnyo en, U.S Servas, Veterans for Peace Humboldt Bay Chapter 56 and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.