Memorial Day

Did you Know? Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day. It was changed to Memorial Day in 1882.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May.

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Earth Day 2012

Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that focuses on green awareness. For those whose inner environmentalist speaks loudest on April 22, Earth Day encourages citizens to take environmental action. Whether its planting a tree or saving water by turning off the faucet when brushing teeth, all environmentally friendly acts- big or small, are encouraged.

Fun Facts About Earth Day

  • Earth Day Networks estimates that 500 million people from 4,500 organizations in 180 countries will participate in Earth Day events during the month of April.
  • Earth Day is big with schools. On many school calendars, it is the third most activity-inspiring holiday, after Christmas and Halloween.
  • Companies have even gotten into Earth Day. Last year, office supply store Staples introduced office paper made entirely without new trees.
  • As part of the celebration, some communities make Earth Day a “Car-Free Day.”

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The First St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.

Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called “Irish Aid” societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums.

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Wine Tours

Cabin Fever? How about a little wine?

wineDid you know…New York State is the nation’s second largest producer of wine??
Let us help you plan a day trip and experience some of New York’s finest wineries! Taste the flavors found from the Finger Lakes to the Hudson Valley. Visit up to 5 wineries in a single day!

We can point you in the right direction!
Contact Danielle to plan your tailored trip today at

518-459-6123 or email

Lake Placid School, Only School to be Issued an Alcohol License

Lake Placid Middle High School

Lake Placid is best known as the two-time site of the Winter Olympics, in 1932 and 1980. In the United States, the village is especially remembered as the site of the 1980 USA–USSR hockey game the Miracle on Ice, when a group of American college students and amateurs upset the heavily favored Soviet national ice hockey team 4–3 and two days later won the gold medal. The victory is often ranked as the greatest in American sports history. It is also the site of the Olympic Oval, where Eric Heiden won his five Olympic gold medals.

During the 1980 Olympics, Lake Placid Middle/High School was issued an alcohol license. The school served as a private bar during the Olympics. It is the only high school in the United States to be issued an alcohol license.

Jack Shea of Lake Placid First Person to Win 2 Gold Medals

Jack Shea, a resident of the village, became the first person to win two gold medals when he doubled in speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics. He carried the Olympic torch through Lake Placid in 2002 shortly before his death.

Jack Shea, 1932Shea grew up on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. In high school, he won the North American men’s championships in the 1929 and 1930.

At the 1932 Olympic Winter Games in his hometown of Lake Placid, Shea a 21-year-old sophomore at Dartmouth College, took the Olympic oath on behalf of all the athletes.

Later that day, in the first final of the Olympics, he won the 500-meter speedskating gold medal. The next day he won the 1, 500-meter gold. Shea has always called the 500-meter final the highlight of his career. He has said it was the one win he wanted the most.

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Melvil Dewey Designed the Placid Park Club

Placid Park Club

Melvil Dewey, who invented the Dewey Decimal System, designed what was then called “Placid Park Club” in 1895 and inspired the village to change its name to Lake Placid, which became an incorporated village in 1900. Beautiful in all seasons, Mirror Lake, NY is the home of beautiful scenery, fantastic eateries, and a diverse culture.

Contact us today to plan your next outing into the North Country.

Lake Placid Hosted the 1932 & 1980 Winter Olympics

Lake Placid Olympic ski jumpLake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Today there are many activities to take part in in and around Lake Placid, NY to make you feel a part of an Olympic team. Below are a couple of interesting places Premiere Transportation can take you on your next outing!

Olympic Jumping Complex Whiteface

At the Olympic Jumping Complex, you’ll see up close, the ramp that ski jumpers launch from before flying over the length of a football field. Take the glass enclosed elevator to the observation deck of the K-120 meter jump. At the top you will find a panoramic view of the Adirondack High Peaks as you stroll through the ski jumpers preparation room. Then get a bird’s eye view of what the jumpers see as they start to accelerate towards the end of the ramp. Nearby, aerialists will spring off steep kickers on the freestyle hill in a flurry of twists, turns and tumbles.  Continue reading

Battle of Saratoga

Known as the Turning Point of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Saratoga happened here. When you visit Saratoga, NY take time during the day to visit the scenic battlefield before enjoying the evening goings on of historic downtown Saratoga Springs, NY.

Schuyler House

The restored country house of American General Philip Schuyler, second of four sites making up Saratoga National Historical Park, is located approximately 8 miles north of the Battlefield. Schuyler House is open for tours Wednesdays through Sundays during the summer season. Access to the house is by free guided tour.

Saratoga Monument

Saratoga battlefieldSaratoga Monument, third of four sites making up Saratoga National Historical Park, is located approximately 8 miles north of the Battlefield. This 155-foot obelisk commemorates the American victory in the Battles of Saratoga. It is open for visitation Wednesdays through Sundays during the summer season.

Victory Woods

Newly opened in June 2010, this 22-acre parcel of land, located in the Village of Victory, NY (about 8 1/2 miles north of the Battlefield), marks the final encampment site for the British Army under General John Burgoyne prior to their October 17, 1777 surrender to American forces under General Horatio Gates.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Referred to locals and frequent visitors as “SPAC”, this outdoor performing arts venue features classical performances, the Saratoga Jazz Festival, the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival and major pop and rock concerts.

SPAC at nightAllow Premiere Transportation Group to drive you and your guests to your events safely and in style. After your event is through, we will bring you to historical downtown Saratoga Springs, or to downtown Albany, NY so you can continue your evening without worry. Call us today to reserve your vehicle for your next concert, ballet, or festival.