by Mayor Tammy

Memorial Day weekend is the first holiday of the summer season and a time when the roads, airports, campsites, etc. always seem to fill up in Idaho. For those families who just want to spend some quality time together and avoid the stress of travel on a busy weekend, I’ve put together a TOP TEN list of FREE VACATION fun right here in Meridian! There’s plenty to do in our community that equates to lifelong memories with the ones you love.

10. Yoga at Fountain Square – Village at Meridian

Axiom is hosting FREE Yoga in Fountain Square at the Village at Meridian every Saturday throughout the summer. Just bring your mat, water bottle and some energy as you practice yoga!

9. Live at the Bistro – Courtyard Marriott

The Courtyard Marriott at 1789 S. Eagle Road is hosting a summer series of live music. On Friday from 6-8:30pm enjoy music from Tom Taylor, a singer-songwriter from the year who performs classic, modern, cover songs and originals.

8. Fishing

Check out our fishing ponds in Meridian! We have ponds in Kleiner, Heroes and in Settlers Parks. Don’t forget adults need a fishing license, but kids under 12 fish free.

Unplug Week Fishing 1

7. Historic Walking Tour

The Meridian Historic Walking Tour highlights some of the historic properties inDowntown Meridian. The new tour is self-guided,and takes walkers through the streets of Downtown Meridian, transporting them to yesteryear.

6. Meridian Library – unBound

Stop by unBound- Meridian Library’s newest location on Main Street in downtown. On Saturday they are hosting a Family Make It event from 11am-3pm. The program is focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math - encouraging families to work together on projects.

5. Storey Bark Park

Have you been to our newest park, Storey Bark Park? It’s a great place to take your fur-babies and let them try out some of the agility equipment and run off some energy.

storey bark park - photo

4. Geocaching

Geocaching is a wonderful GPS-based treasure hunting and trinket swapping hobby the entire family can enjoy. In fact, Meridian has plenty of great geocache sites hiding right under your nose. Go online (www.geocaching.com) to learn how geocaching works and where Meridian’s geocaches are carefully hidden!

3. Disc Golf

Try out Disc Golf! We have a course set-up at Kleiner Park - it’s a scenic one that winds throughout the park and around the pond.

2. Splash Pads

What better way to cool off than at one of our splash pads in the park?! Kleiner and Settlers Parks both have splash pads that are always a hit with the kids. Just remember you’re never too old to splash around – so parents can join in on the fun too!

1. Memorial Day Ceremony at the Rock of Honor

The number one event I encourage you to attend this weekend is the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Rock of Honor Veterans Memorial in Kleiner Park. It’s important to remember the reason for the holiday – a time set aside to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Please join us at Kleiner Park at 11am on Monday, May 30.

Kleiner Rock of Honor Memorial Monument

You can always check out more events online on our website – www.meridiancity.org- and click on the Community Calendar. And here’s a bonus item of fun in Meridian this holiday weekend: the Girls Fast Pitch Summer Fun Kickoff Tournament. More than 40 teams and 500 players will be at Heritage Middle School, Tully and Bear Creek Parks for the tournament. It’s a great option if you want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine while supporting athletes ages 10-16 years old.

Have a safe and enjoyable Meridian Vacay! #MyMeridian

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