Memorial Day weekend is recognized in our country as the beginning of summer: the weather is dependably warm, and beach days and barbeques are in sight. However, at its heart, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, meant to honor those who have died in service to the United States of America. While the day shouldn’t be a totally somber affair— it’s still a celebration, after all— don’t forget to consider the sacrifice of fallen soldiers throughout our country’s history when you observe Memorial Day this year.
If you’re planning to celebrate in Vegas, remember: this is one of the city’s busiest weekends, so plan accordingly. If you’re not a fan of crowds, perhaps plan to visit another time (or, if you’re a local, maybe it’s the right weekend to get out of town).
However, if you’re committed to celebrating Memorial Day in Vegas, don’t make rookie mistakes— book your hotel ahead of time, and have back-ups for your plans. There won’t be any shortage of things to do, but you don’t want to waste valuable time planning your next move if you can’t get into your first-choice club, pool party, or show.
Pool parties are always a Vegas summer staple, but during Memorial Day weekend, most pool parties up the ante. From a Memorial Day BBQ with Ja Rule at Foxtail, to J. Cole at Daylight Beach Club, the entertainment hits the next level. Remember to apply sunscreen liberally and drink plenty of water, because these parties will truly be scorching on Memorial Day weekend.
Sought after international DJs will descend on the clubs of Vegas this weekend, so it’s a perfect opportunity to experience the likes of David Guetta, Skrillex, and Tyga spinning the perfect party experience. Be aware, though: lines will be long, even if you have tickets, so get there early. Additionally, don’t be surprised if the prices are higher— everything from cover charges to bottle service tends to be more expensive on holiday weekends.
If your musical interests don’t fall within the categories of hip hop, EDM, or pop, then the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival might just be for you. In its 19th year, this festival boasts outdoor music, art exhibits, film screenings, and, yes, even bowling. This year’s line-up features punk legends like Iggy Pop and Bad Religion, so the festival is sure to please anyone whose idea of a party takes place in a mosh pit rather than a pool.
If you’d rather spend Memorial Day weekend enjoying the outdoors, take the short trip to Lake Mead. The 16th largest man-made lake in the world is the perfect place for a variety of recreation: hiking, camping, swimming, and kayaking are just some of the ways you can take advantage of the beginning of summer at Lake Mead.
However you choose to spend this quintessentially American holiday, Vegas can offer whatever your heart desires. From the exclusive shows to special events to fun in the sun, it’s a place to enjoy a one-of-a-kind Memorial Day weekend.