Celebrated since 1868, Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed as a day of remembrance to honor those who have died serving the American armed forces. The long Memorial Day Weekend provides plenty of time to celebrate the freedoms they fought for. Here are some ways you and your family can observe this holiday and enjoy the long weekend.
Wet’n’Wild: Slide Into Summer Event
Kick off Memorial Day Weekend at Wet’n’Wild where the whole family can enjoy a 20-acre water park featuring award-winning slides and rides. This water park is an oasis in the desert and usually holds plenty of family-friendly fun events. Their Slide Into Summer Celebration on Saturday, May 26, involves music, dancing, games, giveaways and more! Guests will also experience a grand fireworks display at 8:30pm in honor of Memorial Day.
Wet’n’Wild hosts Nevada’s biggest collection of award-winning slides. They have slides for the adrenaline junkies or for those looking for a more mellow experience. The more adventurous can try out the Hoover Half Pipe which takes rafting to the next level or Canyon Cliffs which plummets you into a gut-wrenching drop. Families can enjoy the Royal Flush which is an enclosed tube slide or the Colorado Cooler where riders can sit back and relax in Wet’n’Wild’s endless winding river. Tickets are reasonably priced with an option for season passes.
Best Dam Barbecue Challenge in Boulder City
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with the best barbecue grub in town. Drop by Boulder City for the 14th Annual Best Dam Barbecue Challenge where families can enjoy a barbecue competition, a car show, a Police vs. Fire Department eating challenge, live entertainment and marketplace vendors. This event is held in historic Bicentennial Park on May 25th to May 26th and is free to the public. This event is presented by the Rotary Club of Boulder City.
Up to 41 barbecue teams compete in a cook-off judged by a panel of professionally-trained barbecue judges in this contest sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS). Teams compete for $12,000 in cash prizes awarded to the winners in four categories of Ribs, Pork, Brisket and Chicken and the Overall Competition rankings. Visitors can enjoy award-winning barbecue, live entertainment and festival food vendors.
Children also get to play in this festival and cook-off. Families can participate in the Annual KidsQue Grilling Lesson and Competition for ages 6 to 17. Children are taught how to safely use the grill and are able to compete in the KidsQue Challenge for cash prizes and medals. Drop by Boulder City for a full weekend of sizzling fun!
Hoover Dam Tours
If you’re already in Boulder City for the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge, you might also take a short 15-minute drive to the Hoover Dam for a tour of this national historic landmark. You can breathe in the incredible views of the dam from the Memorial Bridge situated 900 feet above the Colorado River. From the bridge, you also get a view of the Black Canyon spanned by the Hoover Dam.
This tour allows you to explore the top of the dam, Observation Deck, the Visitor Center and also includes a ranger-guided tour of the generator room. The ranger-guided tour involves a viewing of a documentary on the construction of the Hoover Dam and a trip 500 feet deep into the structure to view the colossal turbines that power the dam.
Take this weekend to learn about the history of this national landmark and spend quality time with family in this unforgettable experience.
Memorial Day at Silverton Casino
Silverton Casino is also serving up a weekend of unforgettable experiences to honor Memorial Day that involves BOGO buffets, slot multipliers and a three-day pool party. Our DJ Pool Party is from May 26 to May 28 at Sway Pool. Admission is free to locals and all guests must be 21 years of age or older. The pool party is from 11am to 4pm with a DJ spinning your favorite hits. Drink specials are available—$50 New Amsterdam bottle service and $3 Hop Valley beers.
On Memorial Day, guests can enjoy 10X points on reels and 2X points on table games for a day of play in our casino. But here’s the real deal… All military active or retired eat free at Seasons Buffet and Silverton Rewards Club members can enjoy a BOGO Buffet with single diners paying a 50% off discounted price.
Don’t miss the Bass Pro Shop Go Outdoors Family Event on May 26 and 27. This event involves free interactive activities for children and workshops, giveaways, and a barbecue sampling. We have an all-inclusive Memorial Day celebration at Silverton Casino.
Whether you’re looking for a party to kick off the summer or a great deal on dining for the whole family, we have you covered. This weekend, honor those who served and are actively serving the country by celebrating those freedoms they work hard to preserve.