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

For the health and safety of the community, the 38th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony organizers will be offering alternative ways for the community to share intentions, hopes and remembrance in lieu of lantern floating at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary in 2020.

Event Details

Community members are invited to share photographs, artwork and inscriptions in honor of departed loved ones and ancestors. Messages of peace and hope for racial and cultural harmony are also encouraged.

A video compilation of community submissions will be released on YouTube on Saturday, August 8, 2020 and will include performances of local musicians, poets and speakers, including Mayor Michael Winkler. The video and a community message board will also be available for viewing year round here.

Digital submissions can be emailed to until Monday, July 20, 2020 to be included in the ceremony video. Late submissions will be included on online here, but not in the video release.

Community art and inscription submissions will also be displayed in downtown Arcata. Physical art submissions can be mailed or dropped off at the Arcata Public Library during regular book drop hours, located at 500 7th Street, until Monday, July 20, 2020.

For more information, please click here or email

Event History

The City of Arcata’s Nuclear-Free Zone Committee started the Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony 38 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.

The ceremony has since evolved into a beautiful opportunity for the community to come together for a collective moment of remembrance and reflection. For more information on the history of this event, please click here.