Cupcakes and a serenade are usually for the living.
But at Mt. Hope Cemetery, it was an anniversary. For 175 years it has welcomed the dead.
"And so, it is part of our heritage," said Rochester Mayor, Tom Richards.
More than 375 thousand people are buried here. That's more than those living in Rochester.
The tombstones tell the story. Dates almost weathered away. Descriptions of loved ones lasting through almost two centuries.
"There is almost no aspect of American history that can's be interpreted through Mount Hope Cemetery, "Cemetery Historian, Dennis Carr told YNN.
Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglas and countless soldiers of the revolutionary war. While the name Stanley Fox may not ring a bell, the way he died has gone down in history as one of the most epic of tragedies.
"He was sent to England by the Gleason Works and he got, got on the Titanic to comeback to the United States," Carr explained.
The cemetery spreads over 200 acres. It's expanded it own lifespan by clearing roadways to make room. They are also thinking about using hillsides for those who chose Mount Hope as their final stop.
"People want to be, they want to be buried in their home," Carr said.
A home with maintained lawns and fountains, where some have come to rest and the living to reminisce.