Remembering our fallen soldiers
Are you wondering what the difference is between Memorial Day & Veterans Day?! Yes, they are completely different and to our surprise there are an overwhelming amount of people that are unsure of how to differentiate the two national holidays. If you’re one of those people or haven’t googled it yet (don’t worry- we won’t judge ?) we’ve got a short history lesson for ya about the importance of Memorial Day to American’s throughout our great country’s history to present day life as we live it.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday reserved to honor military personnel who have died in the service of their country, particularly those lost in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. On this solemn day of remembrance, we proudly pay our respects to every fallen soldier of the U.S. armed forces. Traditionally, this was done by visiting and/or decorating final resting sites, as the holiday used to be named ‘Decoration Day’. Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday of May in every calendar year since 1971 when it became a national holiday by an act of Congress. In early rural America, this service was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics, if were being honest not that much has changed.
For many Americans now-a-days this holiday is unofficially recognized as the start to the summer season: allowing many of us a vacation day away from work to enjoy a three day weekend and usher in the warmer temperatures. Is that summer calling? Although, on a serious note: it is still paramount time for many to show some patriotic pride on this holiday weekend! It is nothing new to take advantage of a long weekend by planning a getaway trip, gathering with friends for a cookout, or just spending that extra day off spending some quality time with your loved ones. With the holiday literally right around the corner (Monday, May 28th), if you haven’t made your weekend plans, we have some suggestions.
Truckee-North Lake Tahoe Events: Things to do
It’s not a bad idea to keep your weekend activities respectively close to home. Memorial Day weekend is reported to be one of the largest travel days of the year, so be prepared for a possible high traffic nightmare if you are planning on doing some traveling out of the area. If you’re staying in the area there are quite a few events happening in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region during Memorial Day Weekend to keep you satisfied!
Click here for a full list of events in Truckee May 25th-28th
Squaw Valley Events:
Starting Thursday 24th – Monday 28th, The Resort at Squaw Creek is offering a special if you stay three or more nights you’ll receive $30 off each night you stay! You can enjoy four pools, a 120-foot waterslide, and three all-season whirlpools. The resort also offers a Mountain Buddies program for kids 4 through 12, with a variety of activities, including biking, hiking, tennis, swimming, arts and crafts, games and more. Click here for more details on luxury lodging in Lake Tahoe. The grand re-opening of the Mantagna restaurant is also happening those days at the resort from 5pm- 9pm. Check out the menu and make your reservations here.
The weekend also marks the opening of the Aerial Tram for the summer season.
Since we all know Lake Tahoe is a year-round paradise, and can offer a ton of fun over the holiday weekend- Opening Day on the Lake, starts Friday and goes on all weekend FYI!!!! – whether you’re up for a hike, camp out or all the other wonderful activities surrounding the lake!
Music & Art Festivals Worth Checking Out!
Are you looking for an excuse to boogy down and embrace the good vibes this weekend? Here’s a handful of music festivals happening over the weekend that we think are worth attending!
Made in Tahoe Festival: 26th-27th Celebrate all things LOCAL with FREE admission!! The Village at Squaw Valley will host a wide array of offerings that are made or inspired in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas – local artisans, businesses, chefs/cuisine, organizations and entertainers. Discover, explore and experience our special community rich with talented creators from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Check the Squaw website for full music & performance lineup!
Bottle Rock Festival: Friday 25th – Sunday 27th hosted in Napa Valley, home of rolling hills, michellin-starred restaurants, spas, and of course some of the best WINE country in California! Tickets are sold out but are still being offered through a ticket exchange on the website
Lightning In a Bottle: Wednesday 23rd – Monday 28th, an annual event/campout festival that features music, art, yoga, and education on wellness and sustainability that takes place at Lake San Antonio in Bradley, CA. Find tickets here
Whether you’re taking it easy at home with your family and having a barbecue, relaxing at a resort, partaking in fun activities at the lake, hiking through a national forest, dancing your heart out all day and night to live music…longer days and warm weather make it easy to have fun outdoors! Let us know about your favorite Memorial Day destination? Share with us by leaving a comment below.