On May 30, 2009, the Elmont community officially kicked-off the 2009 Belmont Stakes celebration with a two-day weekend celebration. The Belmont Stakes parade participants included: the exciting Elmont Memorial High School Marching Band, Nassau County Police Pipes and Drums, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elmont Soccer and Elmont Cardinals Football, NYRA starting gate and Sam the Buglar to name a few.
Following the parade, the community assembled for their family field day hosted by the Elmont Chamber of Commerce. Parade Grand Marshall, Ralph Esposito presented a key to Elmont to NYRA President and CEO, Charles Hayward. NYRA provided Belmont chairs for all of the participants.
The Elmont Library hosted a screening of The First Saturday in May in the afternoon and they created an exhibit of horse racing memorabilia and related books.