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Honor the fallen and relax with these top 5 things to do in Northern Colorado

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Blaine Howerton | North forty news

Northern Colorado is full of fun (and honorable) things to do during Memorial Day Weekend. It was definitely hard to narrow this list down to five of the most important things to do!

As a child, my parents and I always started our camping season this weekend. I remember my times with family and friends over the years. But more importantly, as the child of a veteran, I learned at an early age to make it a point to also use this time to honor our fallen heroes.

That’s why North Forty News creates a special Memorial Day section each year to help others in Northern Colorado do just that.

View this article and others in our special edition online at northfortynews.com/MemorialDay2024.

  1. Celebration of the Field of Honor
    The Field Of Honor – 500 American flags flying in formation – and a Civil War Living History Camp will be open to the public for free during Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27, at the south entrance of Spring Canyon Community Park, Fort Collins . “Field Of Honor is a community celebration that honors our heroes – veterans, active military, first responders, medical personnel, community leaders, teachers and personal heroes,” said Michele Marquitz, president of the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary, which sponsors the event.More information: veteransplazanoco.org.
  2. CampingMemorial Day Weekend serves as the unofficial kickoff to camping season in Colorado. Two notable areas are the Horsetooth Reservoir and the entire Cache la Poudre River. There are also incredible options around Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, Rocky Mountain National Park, Red Feather Lakes, and Lory State Park, among others.

    Whether you’re looking for public or private campgrounds, family-friendly campgrounds or RV parks, there are plenty of places to set up camp, close to town or in the mountains.

  3. Live Music The legendary Mishawaka Amphitheater is over 100 years old and is located in Poudre Canyon, just about 30 minutes from Old Town Fort Collins. The Kitchen Dwellers will perform on May 25 and 26. Tickets may be hard to come by this weekend, but if you can get them, they cost $40 each. Check out their website: theshiwaka.com. If you can’t get them, consider lunch at ‘the Mish’. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace on the banks of the Poudre River.
  4. Drive-In MovieDrive-ins are getting harder to find, but did you know there’s one right here in Fort Collins, Northern Colorado? The Holiday Twin is open for the season. IF, the Fall Guy, The Garfield Move and Ghostbuster Frozen Empire are all playing this weekend. General admission is $9 (ages 10 and up). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website at holidaytwin.com.
  5. Global War on Terrorism Wall of RemembranceVisit a wall honoring the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the men and women who died in subsequent conflicts and wars. About 10,000 names will be on display on the wall throughout the weekend at Spring Canyon Park in Fort Collins. This event changes slightly each year, but in the past it has seen flyovers of World War II bombers, historical displays of American flags, Vietnam and post-9/11 traveling walls, and displays for military vehicles and equipment.

    This year it will take place on May 26 at 12 noon. For more information, visit: veteransplazanoco.org

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