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Headed to Grants Pass, Oregon, for Memorial Day? If so, you’ll find a ton of fun events to enjoy. Whether you’re headed there with your significant other, a van full of kids, or with your buddies, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of the highly recommended things to do on Memorial Day in Grants Pass 2019.
Best Memorial Day Events in Grants Pass, OR
One of the favorite Memorial Day in Grants Pass events is Boatnik. This annual celebration kicks off with the Davis Show carnival, featuring live music on Friday night, a parade Saturday morning and fireworks. The high-speed boat races are the main attraction and commence on Saturday and run all the way through Monday. Enjoy watching the sprint boat, drag boat and hydroplane races all weekend. It’s an exciting event with something for everyone. Carnival rides and concession stands will be up all weekend for the family to enjoy.
As part of the Boatnik festivities, a golf shootout involving floating hoops and barges on the river will draw a daring crowd to compete for a brand-new Chevy vehicle! Head over to this Grants Pass Memorial Day event if your a golf and car-lover.
The annual parade begins Saturday morning at 10 am. Each year features floats from local businesses and organizations, and this year’s parade theme is superheroes! So make sure not to miss this event for Memorial Day in Grants Pass that honors the real-life heroes who’ve sacrificed so much for our country.
While in Grants Pass on Memorial Day weekend, also be sure to check out the incredible BearFest. This art event features 60 huge bear sculptures decorated by local artists with an array of paints and embellishments. The bears are to be auctioned off to benefit non-profit organizations. Some of the bears from previous years can also be viewed at the Evergreen Federal Bank. This year’s bears will be seen around town starting Memorial Day and running through Labor Day.
Be sure to check out the artisan and crafters market on Saturday if you’re looking for unique local art and handmade goods. Enjoy shopping for collectibles, jewelry, metal art, furniture, photography, and more. There is also face painting and music. Located on 5th Street between E and F Streets.
If you want to escape the crowd for a bit and enjoy what nature has to offer, check out Griffin Park. There is access to the river for fishing or just enjoying the day. Campground spaces can be reserved, and the picnic shelters, volleyball nets and horseshoe pits can be used for the day. This can also be a great place to view the Boatnik races!
Other fun things to do in Grants Pass on Memorial Day weekend are a variety of hikes, such as those at Cathedral Hills or Rainie Falls, and art demonstrations and exhibitions, such as at Glass Forge and Rogue Theatre. Those who want to add a little education to their visit can also check out the Siskiyou Field Institute, Applegate Interpretive Center, or Pottsville Museum.
With so many fun events, Grants Pass will make an excellent destination on Memorial Day weekend. From all of us at Just-in Time Appliance Repair, have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!