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Celebrate Memorial Day 2015 in Vegas

Celebrated since 1868, Memorial Day honors those who have died serving our nation. This weekend, pay your respects and celebrate the freedoms they fought for and check out the events, parties and restaurants hitting the entertainment capital of the world. From international superstars to a variety of tasty cuisine, Las Vegas prepares for another hot summer with a sizzling lineup of events for the long weekend. Showgirls, crooners and pop stars adorn the stages, as visitors and locals celebrate. Check back often as we are always updating the listings.

Memorial Day 2015 Nightclub and Pool Club Parties

Omnia
Location: Caesars Palace
Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace kicks off Memorial Day weekend May 22 with Armin Van Buuren in the main club and Rev Run & Ruckus in the Heart of Omnia lounge. On May 23 the main club features Martin Garrix with DJ-Nice in Heart of Omnia. Afrojack with Apster spins May 24 in the main room and DJ Jazzy Jeff takes over Heart of Omnia. The weekend winds down on Monday with Calvin Harris with Burns in the main room and Fred Matters in Heart of Omnia.

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Foxtail Pool Club
Location: SLS Las Vegas
Fedde Le Grand kicks starts the weekend out at Foxtail on May 22. R3hab follows on May 23 and Gareth Emery rounds out the weekend on May 24.

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LiFE Nightclub
Location: SLS Las Vegas
LiFE Nightclub's Memorial Day lineup includes R3hab May 22, Gareth Emery May 23 and Erick Morillo on May 24.

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Daylight Beach Club
Location: Mandalay Bay
Daylight Beach Club starts out Memorial Day weekend with Morgan Page on Friday. Alesso heats things up on Saturday and the weekend wraps up Sunday with Danny Tenaglia.

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Tao Beach
Location: Venetian
Tao Beach has a full lineup for Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy sounds by DJ Ace on May 22. On May 23, Brody Jenner & William Lifestyle host the party. The weekend comes to a close May 24 with special performances by Fabolous and sounds by Justin Credible.

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Tao Nightclub
Location: Venetian
Tao Nightclub kicks off Memorial Day weekend with a special performance by Fabolous and sounds by Eric Dlux on May 22. On May 23 Tao has the Snoopadelic Cabaret. May 24 is hosted by Kevin Hart with sounds by Eric Dlux.

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Marquee Dayclub
Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
DJs Andrew Rayel and Lema start the Memorial Day weekend party on May 22. Benny Benassi, Investo and Lema spin on May 23. On May 24 the weekend ends with Cedric Gervais, Investo and Rempe.

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Marquee Nightclub
Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Porter Robinson, Rempe and Mike Attack start the party on May 22. May 23 features Dash Berlin, Lema and Mike Attack. Things wrap up May 24 with Nas, Politik, Mike Attack and Rempe.

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Memorial Day 2015 Events and Parties

Cowboy Spring Break 
Location: MGM Resorts Village
Cost: $50 and up
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the world’s premier bull riding circuit, will launch the first Cowboy Spring Break event May 22 – 24 at MGM Resorts Village. The three-day event will include pool parties, frozen cocktails, sizzling VIP events and concerts and ultimately, the world’s best bull riders taking on the nation’s top bucking bulls. Headlining the three-day extravaganza is one of the PBR’s most popular and toughest event formats, Last Cowboy Standing. The Top 50 bull riders in the world will compete Friday and Saturday. The battle continues until one athlete remains and becomes the “Last Cowboy Standing.”

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Party at Rhumbar
Location: The Mirage
Rhumbar will celebrate Memorial Day with the introduction of the Captain America cocktail, unlimited hookah specials and patio parties all week long. Priced at $12, the Captain America is a mixture of American Harvest vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, blue Curaçao and egg whites, garnished with stars made of Angostura bitters. Unlimited hookah will be priced at $65, with flavors such as strawberry margarita, lemon mint, guava and many more. The bar's resident DJ will keep the party vibe going Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Pool party at Memorial Day weekend drink specials at The Deck
Location: Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
Specialty drinks at The Deck pool will be $9 each, and classic cocktails, frozen drinks, beer and wine will also be available. Make it a large by adding an additional shot to any cocktail for $4 or enjoy a 58-ounce pitcher for $30. The Deck will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the holiday weekend, with day-passes available to locals and non-hotel guests for $20.

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Party for Patriots
Location: Cabo Wabo Cantina
Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo will honor military members by hosting a four-day celebration from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25. Rein Garcia will take the stage on Friday, May 22 and Sunday, May 24; and Shawn Eiferman will perform on Saturday, May 23. Guests can enjoy Dos Equis and Heineken beer buckets, priced at $21, as well as signature cocktails including Sammy’s Toasted Colada priced at $14; and the CW Mai Tai priced at $14.

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Rock Around the Block
Location: Commonwealth, Park on Fremont and The Bunkhouse Saloon
Commonwealth, Park on Fremont and The Bunkhouse Saloon are throwing a Memorial Day block party from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25. Drink specials at all three venues will include Ketel One, Bulleit Frontier whiskey and Don Julio cocktails, priced at $8 each. Signature cocktails and menu items will also be available for purchase at each venue.

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Pool Club Tips

Las Vegas is known for its raucous pool clubs. During the summer you’ll discover no shortage of hot parties (both in temperature and popularity) making big splashes in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Although each one offers a slightly different experience, expect to be enveloped in an adult-oriented water playground of fun where the alcohol flows freely, the music pounds out from the speakers and scantily clad bodies dance the afternoon away. If you’re considering bringing a book or basking in a tranquil setting, think again. Pool clubs are loud and often rowdy. Here are some other things you should keep in mind.

1. Carry proof of ID. Pool clubs are just like nightclubs. Upon entry you’ll have to show a doorman that you’re of legal age (21 or older). A driver’s license, passport or government-issued identification card is usually acceptable.

2. Don’t bring a cooler. Leave all beverages and snacks in your room. Although it may seem like a handy and cost-saving idea to pack some supplies for the afternoon, don’t bother. You won’t be allowed to bring them past the door. Generally speaking, all refreshments must be purchased at the pool club.

3. Expect to have anything you do bring (especially purses, bags and backpacks) searched at the entrance. This won’t happen at every pool club, but it’s common at the ones that accommodate a large number of revelers. Security personnel at the door will examine every nook and cranny within your belongings. Not even the TSA goes to such extremes! The goal behind this is to keep illegal drugs out. So among the items prohibited and typically confiscated are over-the-counter medications (such as a bottle of Tylenol), vitamins or anything in pill form. An array of liquids – ranging from contact lens solution and eye drops to hand sanitizer – are also banned. Of course, sharp objects and anything that looks like a weapon will be taken from you. You may even have to give up things like a pack of gum or wet-naps.

4. Come early. The line for guests to purchase general admission tickets can be long, especially on weekends. Clearly, you’ll want to spend your day socializing by the pool – not waiting to get in. Plus, those who arrive at the beginning can spread their towels and lay claim to prime spots on the deck or near the water’s edge. At some dayclubs you’ll even be rewarded for showing up when the doors open with a lounge chair at no cost.

5. Avoid the line entirely by reserving a cabana. Procuring seating in advance – whether it be a chaise lounge, daybed, lilypad, cabana or bungalow – will speed up your entry at the pool clubs. In addition, if you’re traveling in a group of guys, you really need to make some sort of VIP arrangement to expedite your entrance…or get some ladies to join you while you wait in line! Although pricey, cabanas, in particular, are great because they come equipped with luxuries like a flat-screen TV, a mini fridge stocked with bottled water and a safe for your valuables – all of which will make your afternoon more enjoyable and worry-free.

6. Be mindful of money. Since you’re trying to limit the number of possessions you bring to the pool club, what should you do about cash? You can’t get it wet and you won’t want to leave it unwatched with your other things. Waterproof armbands, wallets or small pouches worn around the neck are a few ideas. Instead of coins and notes, credit and debit cards are handy when you want to run a tab. At some pool clubs, ATMs are in the bars or just a short stroll away inside the casino. At others, like Wet Republic in MGM Grand, there are banks of lockers for guests to use. And it works to your benefit to patronize the pool club located in your hotel because then you can just charge everything to your room.

7. Keep yourself hydrated with water. It’s no secret that the heat in the desert can rise to uncomfortable levels. In fact, the average summer temperature in Las Vegas is 106° F. Taking a few seconds throughout the day to sip water will pay off by lowering your risk of passing out or suffering from heat stroke.

8. Bring sunscreen and apply it regularly. If you forget, most pool clubs do sell it. Get one with an SPF of at least 30. The best sunscreens have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide listed among their active ingredients. Be sure to reapply it often if you’re swimming or sweating a lot. Those who aren’t careful are sure to regret it later – due to a painful, unsightly sunburn.

9. Wear a hat and sunglasses. A hat with a wide brim is a good choice. You’ll look mysterious. All the Hollywood stars do it – especially the fair-skinned ones like Anne Hathaway and Nicole Kidman. You’ll also want to protect your eyes, as too much sunlight can lead to vision problems and dizziness. Wraparound shades or sunglasses that have UV coating are your best bets.

10. Wait until later to get hammered! Got big plans for the evening? If you don’t hold back a little at the pool clubs – particularly when it comes to drinking – you won’t be going out later. You’ll be passed out in your room instead. Have fun and enjoy a few cocktails, but wait until the sun sets to get really slammed in Las Vegas’ world-class nightclubs.

Two more bonus tips…

For the ladies: Put on your trendiest, most stylish swimwear…the sexier the better. You’ll want to look your best and strut your stuff when you’re poolside. Behind their dark sunglasses, men will be taking notice – and perhaps buying you drinks!

For the gentlemen: If you’re at one of the city’s “European” pool clubs, which means that tops are optional for women, don’t gawk or leer or resort to catcalling. And don’t try to take any photographs with a camera or your cell phone. You’ll not only be paid a visit from security, but you may also be asked to leave.