What's Happening on Memorial Day?

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Memorial Day weekend will be a busy one for Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's Research Center says it expects 318,000 visitors for just over 98 percent city-wide occupancy. That means nearly 150,000 hotel rooms will be booked and that translates into big bucks. The city estimates about $213.6 million in direct economic impact for Las Vegas.

In 2015, Las Vegas welcomed a record-breaking 42.3 million visitors and is on pace to surpass that by the end of 2016, says the LVCVA.

Here's a look at some of the things happening around town to keep all of those people busy, happy and entertained.


The event is scheduled for Monday, May 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site, but guests are welcome to bring a picnic and chairs. Event activities include:


  • Raising of the flags to half-mast10:30 a.m.
  • Silent Heroes of the Cold War talk and tour11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • Patriotic Jonny Cash Tribute by Jimmy Ray & Cyndi Cantrell12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
  • Lowering of the colors5 p.m.

WHERE: It is located on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in Kyle Canyon, which is 45 minutes from downtown Las Vegas.


WHERE: 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive

Boulder City, Nevada 89005

WHEN: Monday

May 30, 2016

1:00 pm


From May 28 to May 30, military members (both active and veterans) will get into Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas for free, with their family members also receiving a discounted day ticket for only $19.99. Military members only need to show Military ID at the box office. For more information, visit the Wet 'N' Wild website here.


Pool Parties/Events

R&B singer and actor, Sisqo, best known for his international hit, "Thong Song," will be hosting at the GO Pool at Flamingo Las Vegas on Saturday, May 28. He will hit the stage at 2:30 p.m., so guests are encouraged to arrive early to get a prime spot. DJ Eric Forbes will get things started that day and drink specials include $5 off Coors Light buckets. Don't miss DJ BritStar and DJ Tavo spinning on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30.

MTN DEW KICKSTART™ and The LINQ Hotel & Casino are teaming up for the MTN DEW KICKSTART Poolside Pre-Game at The POOL at The LINQ, a one of a kind, seven-weekend summer pool party series in Las Vegas featuring three awesome things: live musical performances, guest appearances and unique poolside services and beverages to kick start the night. The afternoon-into-early-evening series starts on Saturday, May 28, giving guests the opportunity to pre-game poolside. Pool-goers will be able to enjoy video games while relaxing in massage chairs, get a fresh look at the poolside hair stylist and try one of the newest flavors of MTN DEW KICKSTART at the 32-seat bar.

Bally's Las Vegas' lush pool escape, Blu Pool, will kick off its weekly Raft Race series, starting Saturday, May 28, and running every Saturday afternoon through Labor Day. At 4 p.m. every Saturday, guests can test their paddling power, with 1st place receiving a $100 food and beverage tab.

Not only Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino home to the Strip's only stand-alone wave machine, the FlowRider, but the pools are the place to be for summer-long bikini contests. Guests can strut their stuff for a $2,500 cash prize. Celebrity judges include members from Chippendales and Crazy Girls. Bikini contests will take place at 3 p.m. every Saturday starting May 28. Miller Coors and Red Bull specials will be available all weekend long.

The LINQ Promenade will be bustling with activities during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday. From 2-6 p.m., visitors will see stilt walkers roaming the promenade. Guests are also encouraged to interact with the caricature artists, face painters and balloon artists.

Military Discounts

The High Roller Observation Wheel will thank active and retired U.S. Military members for their service by offering free standard tickets to ride on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The High Roller asks that all military members show a USA Military I.D. to claim their ticket. Kids 12 and under always ride free on the High Roller making it the perfect place to celebrate special occasions or plan a family outing.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah's Las Vegas offers a complimentary burger, French fries and domestic beer to active military members with valid ID year-round.

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino restaurants will offer specialty Memorial Day Weekend dishes and menus:

  • Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Kitchen will offer a pan fried seafood platter with shrimp, sole fish, carving squid and more for $16.
  • All-American Bar & Grille will feature Jersey Boy Chicken Sliders and Surf and Turf Grillers as special menu additions.
  • Sports Deli will serve St. Louis Ribs, jalapeno mac & cheese, baked beans and a soft drink for $25.
  • Hash House A Go Go will serve its Red, White & Blue Pancake with strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips for $13.99 and a Hickory Smoked Pork Skillet with smoked pork, kale, apples, onions, Provolone cheese, sweet potato cubes, jalapenos cornbread and buttermilk biscuits for $16.99.
  • Carnival World & Seafood Buffet will feature special menu items in addition to its already impressive offerings. Additions include: live taco and burger stations, smoked salmon, quinoa citrus zest salad, skirt steak fajita, herb baked salmon with mango relish, teriyaki pork ribs, black and white sesame crusted ahi tuna, orange duck legs and more.


Complimentary lunch or dinner entree for all active members of the U.S. Military, National Guard and Veterans. Offer only valid on Monday, May 30th.


Sprint: The phone company is thanking its customers for their military service by offering a $100 Reward Card plus a 15% discount to active duty military, retirees, veterans, reservists, and the National Guard.


Las Vegas Veterans Memorial - A National Tribute is a national monument recognizing the service and sacrifice of American veterans and their families. The two-acre memorial and park will feature 18 larger-than-life statues, from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will host the dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 27 at 555 East Washington Avenue.

For more information, visit the Veterans Memorial website.


South Point's Garden Buffet will be offering a free Memorial Day buffet on May 30. Veterans or military members showing an active military card or DD form 214 will receive a free Monday breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet for them and a guest.


From noon to 6 p.m. on May 28 and 29, Grand Bazaar Shops, in partnership with Royalty Exotic Cars, invites locals and Las Vegas visitors to support military and families of veterans through the Las Vegas Fisher House. Donations collected on behalf of Las Vegas Fisher House will be entered into a drawing to receive a three-hour rental of the Slingshot. Those that donate a minimum of $10 will also receive a $10 shopping voucher to use at Grand Bazaar Shops as a thank you for their support.

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