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Ten Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in Denver

Boulder Creek Festival's Ferris wheel isn't quite as tall as the Flatirons.
Boulder Creek Festival's Ferris wheel isn't quite as tall as the Flatirons. Courtesy Visit Colorado Facebook page
Memorial Day is here, and this weekend we honor those who paid the ultimate price so we could have a day off on Monday. So how are you going to take advantage of the three-day weekend your brothers and sisters fought for? Get inked, get shot, get XLR8R-ed: These are but a few of your Memorial Day options. We've dug deep and found some happenings you may not know about. Keep reading for our weekend picks. 

Dreamscape Piercing and Tattoo Memorial Day Specials
Through May 28
474 Malley Drive, Northglenn
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If you're a first responder, vet or active serviceman looking for some new ink, you're in luck. From now through Memorial Day, you'll get 30 percent off tattoos at Dreamscape. So that cutie nudie you've been thinking about getting for a while? There's never been a better time. And supporters getting military, first responder or memorial tats aren't left out in the cold, either: They'll get a fifteen per cent discount. Your grandpa's fondest wish (other than freedom for the U.S. of A.) was always that you'd get a tattoo of him on your pecs, right?

click to enlarge Boulder Creek Festival's Ferris wheel isn't quite as tall as the Flatirons. - COURTESY VISIT COLORADO FACEBOOK PAGE
Boulder Creek Festival's Ferris wheel isn't quite as tall as the Flatirons.
Courtesy Visit Colorado Facebook page
Boulder Creek Festival
May 26 to May 28
Boulder Creek Corridor
Free
bceproductions.com
Boulder's second-best-known Memorial Day weekend event is much less strenuous than its most famous (the Bolder Boulder) — and a lot more fun, at least for those who would rather relax to some music than race the mean streets of the People's Republic. The Boulder Creek Festival has been taking over Boulder's Central Park and its surrounding blocks for over thirty years and has grown to more than 500 arts, lifestyle and tech vendors; three stages that are packed with performers all day long; carnival rides; and food and drink for all ages. And while the famous rubber duck races on Boulder Creek have been rescheduled from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there's always enough great people-watching in Boulder (it's the official municipal pastime) to ensure that you won't be without entertainment.

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Memorial Weekend Summer Kickoff
May 26 to May 28
Heritage Amusement Park, Golden
$18 and up

If you want to hit the rides at an amusement park this weekend but balk at the idea of heading downtown — and the associated price tag — Heritage Amusement Park (formerly Heritage Square) has two words for you: free parking. Instead of paying $20 to park miles from the gate, pack up your covered wagon and head west for the Golden park's opening weekend, where you and your kiddos can enjoy classic summer rides along with bumper boats, go-carts and a zipline. Special activities for little ones will be on deck all weekend, and guests are even welcome to bring their own picnic lunches, thus saving you at least $112 in concessions — if not the whining of kids desperate for funnel cake.
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