How often do you think about the freedoms you enjoy?
Are there any freedoms that you take for granted?
The freedom to speak your mind without fear of retribution from the government?
The freedom to practice the religion of your choice, or no religion at all, without fear of persecution?
The freedom to use cannabis without fear of imprisonment?
It’s easy to forget those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our freedoms.
That’s why we celebrate Memorial Day – so that we remember that all the freedoms that we enjoy came at a cost.
The Origins of Memorial Day
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, and it originated in the years after the Civil War.
The Civil War ended in 1865 and had claimed more lives than any armed conflict in American history – so many, in fact, that it required the creation of our first national cemeteries.
By the late 1860s, Americans in towns and cities across the country would hold springtime ceremonies to the fallen soldiers, decorating their graves and saying prayers.
In 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of a northern Civil War veterans organization, called for a nationwide day of remembrance on the 30th of May, asking people to place flowers and decorations on the graves of fallen soldiers.
On this first “Decoration Day,” General James Garfield gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 people decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
Although Decoration Day originally began as a way to honor Civil War fallen soldiers, after World War I, it came to encompass all U.S. military members who’ve died in all wars. It was renamed “Memorial Day” and became a federal holiday in 1971.
Are You Going to be in Las Vegas During Memorial Day Weekend?
It’s sobering to meditate on the lives of those who died for the sake of our freedoms.
But Memorial Day is also a time for celebration.
When we take time off from work and our busy schedules in order to enjoy our lives, our freedoms, and one another’s company, that is one of the greatest demonstrations of honor that we can make to the fallen.
Here are the 16 best ways to spend Memorial Day Weekend 2019 in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Memorial Day Activities for Locals
1. Have a BBQ
Fire up the grill, start working on that potato salad, stock the fridge with your favorite drinks, and invite your friends over.
Memorial Day marks the first unofficial day of summer, which means it’s the perfect time for a BBQ.
2. Organize a Picnic
Memorial Day picnics are as standard as Memorial Day BBQs.
So find the nearest park, pack the cooler, put a blast out on social media where you’re going to be, and enjoy some fun in the sun with your family and friends.
Depending on the layout of the park, you can also bring some game stuff like frisbees, basketballs, or soccer balls.
With any luck, the park will have public grills, which means you could do a BBQ picnic!
3. Pizza & Pool Party
We don’t know yet what the weather on Memorial Day will be like, but we’ve got three guesses: hot, hot, and hot.
If you’ve got a pool, or know someone who does, start planning a pool party. Everyone loves a pool party…except for people who don’t like to swim.
But don’t worry about them too much because you’re also going to have pizza at this pool party. And everyone loves pizza…except for people who don’t like pizza.
And if your friends don’t like pizza, well, hey: nobody’s perfect.
4. Go to a Drive-In Movie
Drive-in movies might seem like a quaint relic of the past, but if you’ve never been to one, it’s a unique experience.
The blockbuster movie season is going into full swing, so now’s the perfect time to visit the West Wind Las Vegas Drive-In for a retro movie-going experience!
Las Vegas Memorial Day Activities for Visitors (and Locals too)
If you’re a Vegas tourist or resident who’s looking to party all weekend, here’s what we got for ya:
5. 2 Chainz
Grammy-award winning rapper 2 Chainz will be performing at Drais nightclub on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27! Visit this link for more info.
Fast and the Furious star and Grammy awarding-winning rapper Ludacris will be performing at 1 Oaknight Club, on Friday, May 24th. For details, go here.
MONROY is a Vegas cover band that’s developed a sizeable fan base (they’re called MONROCKERS). They cover songs by artists like Bon Jovi, Journey, Prince, and they also do current hits as well.
They’re doing a free concert on Fremont Street on May 27 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Click here for details.
8. JusCollege Memorial Day Weekend
All you college students!
Have you guys heard of JusCollege? It’s a travel agency site for — and if you’ve already guessed, that means your college education is working — college students!
They have a Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend package available, where you can enjoy a 2-3 night stay at either Treasure Island or the MGM Grand, along with complimentary entry into select clubs.
For more info, go here.
9. Punk Rock Bowling Festival
If you didn’t know that Las Vegas has an all-day Punk Rock Bowling Festival from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27, you do now.
The festival is entering its 21st year and will feature bands such as Rancid, Descendents, The Specials, The Hives, The Stranglers, FEAR, The Vandals and many more!
The festival will also have a Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament, an amateur bowling tournament, lounge acts, pool parties, and hotel deals.
Click here for more info.
10. Las Vegas Gem and Jewelry Show
Looking for an excuse to check out sparkly-looking things?
The Las Vegas Gem and Jewelry Show runs from Monday, May 27 to Thursday, May 30. It’ll be held at the Mirage Convention Center.
Merchandisers, jewelry designers, and retailers will be gathering together to stock up on all kinds of supplies like fine jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, pearls, beads, handcrafted art, minerals, and crystals.
Best of all, it’s free. So come on down and look at all the perty stuff!
11. Grand Canyon Tour
Sign up for the Grand Canyon West Rim and Lunch tour and finally see one of the great natural wonders of the world.
And if you go for an upgraded tour, you get to ride in a helicopter. How cool is that?
12. Big Bus Tours
The Strip is packed full of casinos, hotels, restaurants, excitement, and mayhem.
But don’t get overwhelmed by everything there is to do here. Take it all in one iconic site at a time with Big Bus Tours.
A London-style, double-decker, open-air bus will take you down the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. While you’re checking out the scenery, your tour guide will give you the down and dirty on each site as well as juice insider stories.
The bus leaves every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and the entire tour lasts 3.5 hours.
It features two dozen stops where you can shop, eat, and enjoy local Vegas attractions. You can get on and off the bus whenever you want, except during the Panoramic Night Tour (click on the Big Bus Tours link above for a more detailed description of that tour).
13. Dream Racing Driving Experience
What’s it like to drive a race car?
You don’t have to wonder anymore. This is Vegas, and in Vegas we just do things. Like drive race cars.
So what if you’re not Dale Earnhardt Jr? Just head on down to the Dream Racing Driving Experience and pretend that you are.
Here, you can drive some of the world’s most souped-up cars — GT race cars, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, and Mclarens — at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Not sure you’ve got what it takes to handle that much speed?
Not to worry. They’ll first run you through a 3-D simulator so that you can familiarize yourself with the controls, and you’ll also receive guidance from one of their professional drivers.
After your tutorial, you’ll suit up, select the car you want, and start burning some rubber. And after you’ve finished, an Italian expresso will be waiting for you in their panoramic viewing deck and closed-circuit lounge.
14. The Adrenaline Rush Slingshot
It’s time to take your rental car game up a notch. Or two. Or twenty.
Explore Vegas with the Polaris Slingshot SL from Adrenaline Rush Slingshot.
The Polaris Slingshot SL has been called a “go-kart on steroids.” They’re perfectly street legal, so you can drive them anywhere.
Take a drive down to Red Rock National Park or the Valley of Fire. Cruise down the Strip like you’ve got places to go, people to see, and an adrenaline-fueled life to live.
As long as you can operate a 5-speed manual transmission vehicle, you’re golden. And when you’re behind the wheel of a Slingshot, so is life.
15. Fremont Street Memorial Day Weekend Bar Crawl
LA Epic Club Crawls Las Vegas is back with another bar crawl, this one taking place on Memorial Day weekend.
Sign up to receive:
Access to 5 venues
VIP expedited entry
No cover charge
A personal party host
Group pics of the night.
When you get there, sign in at Mickie Finnz on 425 Fremont Street. Good luck!
16. Take Advantage of Essence’s Memorial Day Weekend Specials
Cannabis makes everything more enjoyable, including Memorial Day celebrations!
So check out our website for Memorial Day Weekend deals!
If you’d like to take advantage of these deals and/or check out some of our other products, visit us at any of our three locations: Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana West, and Henderson. You can also place your order online for either pickup or delivery.
Remember: use cannabis responsibly!
And have a happy Memorial Day!