Did you know that Memorial Day is also called Decoration Day, and that it was first celebrated back in 1868?  It’s a time for remembering and paying tribute to those that have died while serving our country. It has also become known as the unofficial start of the summer season.

This weekend, we hope you honor our heroes and celebrate the freedoms they fought for with friends and family in Las Vegas, where you’ll find a variety of ways to kick off summer. From must-have dining to sizzling pool parties and exciting entertainment, here’s a few suggestions to get you up and out this Memorial Weekend in Las Vegas!

Book a RoomLast minute deals are just a click away. The Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas is offering up to 25% off rooms this Memorial Weekend with no minimum stay, so you can enjoy one, two, or even three nights of fun this weekend.

Let someone else BBQ. Enjoy the best part of barbecuing – the eating! Why fight the smoke, the flames and the heat of the day when you can get a great steak any way you like at MB Steak, the luxury steakhouse by brothers David and Michael Morton. Or, keep it casual with a rockin’ burger at Mr. Lucky’s like the Southwest BBQ, with chipotle BBQ sauce, smoked bacon, pickle relish and onion strings.

Make a Splash. Let the beach be your stage with sun, fun, friends and cocktails (maybe not in that order) and party all weekend long with DJ’s that are sure to get you on your feet like at Rehab Beach Club. Laidback Luke gets the celebration going on Saturday, May 26 and Lil Dicky takes the reins on Sunday, May 27. Get tickets and reserve a cabana early and be beach ready to hit the doors at 11am daily.

See a Show. If the pool life isn’t your scene, then take in one of the many Memorial Weekend concerts in Las Vegas.  Classic rockers may want to check out Todd Rundgren’s Utopia also featuring Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox on Saturday, May 26 inside The Joint. Raiding the Rock Vault also hits the Vinyl stage on Saturday for the ultimate concert experience featuring a rotating line-up of quintessential band members from Heart, Quiet Riot, Guns N’ Roses, Whitesnake and more including Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members.

Pamper yourself. Make time for yourself this weekend and recharge for the busy week to come at Reliquary Spa inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Unwind with a multitude of treatments from signature facials to massages that will rock your world.

Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have a safe and memorable weekend!