Did you know that Fort Collins earned its name as the town was first founded back in 1864 as Camp Collins? Camp Collins served as a small military fort built to protect the Cherokee trail. Today, the military remnants are gone but Fort Collins is still renown for offering some outstanding Memorial Day events to honor today and yesterday’s armed forced. The following is a look at both historical and entertaining events to enjoy on this long holiday weekend:
Tips on How to Kick Off and Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend
- Realities Ride & Rally. This is the 19th year downton Fort Collins will hold this two-day festival during the Memorial Day Weekend. The event includes live music, local food and drinks, outdoor vendors, and all ages activities. Also, for the first time, this year will feature a unique Ride-In Bike Show. It’s a great festivity that honors veterans and raises money and awareness for local children who have been abused or neglected.
- Go Whitewater Rafting. The Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off the outdoor camping and rafting season. That’s because the warmer weather associated with this time means melting snow for better rapids. It also means nicer outdoor conditions so why not get outside? Nearby Cache la Poudre Canyon offers some stellar rafting this time of the year thanks to it being one of the few places in the state to hit 100% accumulation levels during winter. The Cache la Poudre River is also Colorado’s only designated “Wild & Scenic” river boasting beauty around every turn. So be sure to book your rafting adventure soon!
- Centennial Village Museum. Feeling historical? Maybe you’re missing Westworld? In any case, one great place to take a step back in time is to head over to the neighboring city of Greely and check out the Centennial Village Museum. This unique place kicks off every year at the onset of Memorial Day and features more than 35 historical buildings across eight acres. Costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and living history demonstrations are other exhibits here. If you love history and want to really see and feel the Old West, then this is a must-do.
Or Celebrate at Home!
While all of these are outstanding events to check out, we also know the pleasure of staying in. So if you’re feeling stressed, then treat yourself to your favorite delivery and Netflix binge in your cozy apartment at the Cottages of Fort Collins!