Six Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

Denver knows how to celebrate Memorial Day.
Denver knows how to celebrate Memorial Day. Memorial Day March and Run
Although Memorial Day traditions date back to 1868, in the somber days after the Civil War, when Colorado was not yet a state, the holiday has evolved beyond its origins into a celebration of summer's arrival. Americans gather with friends and family to honor fallen soldiers and to enjoy the freedoms that men and women in uniform sacrificed their lives to protect, including live music on the mall, picnics in the parks...and skiing? Here are six events that should give you plenty to do over this holiday weekend.

click to enlarge ASPEN SNOWMASS
Aspen Snowmass

Ski/Ride at Aspen Mountain
Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29
After recent storms dropped eighteen inches of new snow, Aspen Mountain is reopening for skiing and riding Memorial Day weekend. The Silver Queen Gondola will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for skiing and riding as well as sightseeing, and the Ajax Express chairlift will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for laps on Aspen Mountain’s upper blue runs as well as black runs such as Summit and Blondie’s. “The weekend will offer classic conditions for a Colorado multi-sport weekend with the town green and the mountain white,” says Rich Burkley, vice president of mountain operations for Aspen skiing company. Lift tickets are $42 a day; sightseeing tickets are $21. For more information, call 970-923-1227 or visit

Memorial Day Weekend in Boulder
Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29

If you've lived here a season, you know about the Bolder Boulder race, and may have heard of the Boulder Creek Arts Festival, or even the Duck Race. All of this is part of Memorial Day in Boulder, a thing unto itself. Boulder has a lot to offer throughout the year, and especially in the summer months. But Memorial Day is its heart, and locals know it – even if you participate in the 10K by offering moral support rather than, you know, actually running.

Memorial Day Run and March
Saturday, May 27, 7 a.m.
Douglas County High School

Though Coloradans require little pretense to subject themselves to grueling early-morning runs, fewer occasions are more worthy to sweat through than the Memorial Day Run and March on Saturday, May 27. Citizens, veterans and uniformed active-duty military will engage in a family-friendly race starting at Douglas County High School at 7 a.m. Registrants can participate in a 5K run, a 10K run or a 30K march while raising funds to help feed homeless veterans. Registration prices range from $25 to $60. Visit the Memorial Day March website to register and learn more.

Keep reading for more events.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
Contact: Byron Graham