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Celebrating Memorial Day weekend in Steamboat Springs

Four-year-old Kayle Downs helps place flags in front of the Yampa Valley Bank last year as part of a memorial honoring the victims of the terrorist attack on Sept 11, 2001. The memorial, which includes one American flag for every victim of the attack, was organized by Steamboat Springs High School freshman Kyle Case.

— The unofficial start to summer has finally arrived.

Memorial Day sparks a weekend of barbecues with friends and family, but it’s first and foremost a holiday to remember and honor those who sacrificed everything for their country.

Whether you plan to attend a memorial service, lounge by the pool or get your fill of brats and sunshine, here are a few options for celebrating the long weekend.

Remembering our Veterans

Memorial Day Service

Memorial Day Service | 11 a.m. | Monday, May 30 | Steamboat Springs Cemetery (meet at Steamboat Springs Transit Center, 1463 13th St.) | Free

Attend the local Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday with Veterans of VFW Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44, who will conduct the service to honor those who have served in the armed forces. The service will be held at the Veterans Memorial at Steamboat Springs Cemetery. Steamboat Springs Transit will provide bus service to the cemetery from the transit center west of town.

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Memorial Day Mess

Memorial Day Mess | 12:20 to 2 p.m. | Monday, May 30 | Decker Park, 519 Moffat Ave., Oak Creek | Free

The ladies of the Bank of the San Juan will serve tacos in Oak Creek's Decker Park to honor all military members and their families.

History lesson

Historic places walking tour

Historic places walking tour | 10 a.m. | Saturday, May 28 | Centennial Hall, 10th and Oak streets | Free

Learn more about the buildings you drive past every day by joining members of the city of Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission and city planning staff for a 12-block walking tour. The tour starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall (10th and Oak streets) and concludes with free refreshments at noon at the Tread of Pioneers Museum (Eighth and Oak streets).

Staycation

Plan on staying in town this weekend? Attend a new event or workshop you've never had an opportunity to take part in, or explore a hiking trail or bike route you've never visited before.

Bird Walk

Bird Walk | 8 to 10 a.m. | Saturday, May 28 | Carpenter Ranch, 13250 U.S. Highway 40, Hayden

Take a walk with the Yampa Valley Birding Club for a two-hour guided bird walk at the Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch, home to more than 150 species of migratory and nesting birds. Bring binoculars and wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

For the kids

Steamboat's state parks will begin offering spring and summer events this weekend. The workshops range in themes for all ages.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Enjoy the Outdoors | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, May 28 | Yampa River State Park, 6185 W. U.S. Highway 40, Hayden

Participate in a day of outdoor games and activities by joining the interpretive ranger at the Yampa River State Park.

Discovery Station-Skulls

Discovery Station-Skulls | 11 a.m. to noon | Saturday, May 28 | Yampa River State Park, 6185 W. U.S. Highway 40, Hayden

A naturalist will be onsite at the swim beach area to discuss how to identify various animal skulls. In the event of rain, the program will be moved to the Camper Services Building of the Steamboat Lake State Park.

How Hayden Came to Be

How Hayden Came to Be | 3 to 4 p.m. | Saturday, May 28 | Yampa River State Park, 6185 W. U.S. Highway 40, Hayden

Laurel Watson, curator at the Hayden Museum, will give an informational talk about Hayden and the surrounding area.

The Amazing Pronghorn

The Amazing Pronghorn | 7 to 8 p.m. | Saturday, May 28 | Steamboat Lake State Park,
61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark

Learn about the near superhero powers of the pronghorn at the Sunrise Vista Amphitheater.

The Cry of the Sandhill Crane

The Cry of the Sandhill Crane | 10 to 11 a.m. | Monday, May 30 | Steamboat Lake State Park,
61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark

Learn about these beautiful birds that travel to Steamboat every year at the Visitor Center at Steamboat Lake State Park.

Out and About

For those looking for an evening out, here are events in and around Steamboat Springs.

The Two Tracks

The Two Tracks | 7 p.m. | Monday, May 30 | Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark | Free

The Americana group from Sheridan, Wyoming, will have its debut at the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse as part of its album release tour. This will be a Memorial Day dinner show.

Jay Roemer & Friends

Jay Roemer & Friends | 10 p.m. | Sunday, May 29 | Schmiggity's, 821 Lincoln Ave.

Local musicians will collaborate for a night of originals and "grassed up rock 'n' roll," crossing between acoustic and electric genres. The performance will feature Eric Baker, Pat Waters, Randy Kelley and Chris Yarbrough.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1