Memorial Day, formerly called Decoration Day, was first enacted to remember fallen Union and Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. After World War I it was extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. And while the day began as a day of remembrance, it has grown into a more general expression of memory, reconciliation, and a long weekend marking the beginning of summer devoted to spending time with those we love. Here are our top five things to do in Twin Falls for Memorial Day.


5. Take a family picnic to Shoshone Falls/Dierkies Lake

As of writing this the weather is looking a little iffy for the Memorial Day weekend. Saturday calls for a 30% chance of rain, Sunday brings a 40% chance, and the National Weather Service is calling for scattered showers on Monday. Still, don't let the weather deter you! Get out and enjoy a family picnic at Shoshone Falls and Dierkies Lake. Shoshone Falls are wide open right now and the waterfalls, which are taller than Niagara Falls, look spectacular!


4. Hagerman Fossil Days

Running Friday, May 27th through Sunday, May 29th in Hagerman, Idaho, Hagerman Fossil Days is a celebration of the Idaho State Fossil, Equus simplicidens, and one of the riches fossil deposits in the State of Idaho. Festivities include a carnival, street fair, parade on Saturday, live music, and tours of the Hagerman Paleontology Lab.


Magic Valley Speedway

3. Head to the Races

You may not be able to see the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, but you can head out to the Magic Valley Speedway Saturday night for amazing racing action! Gates open at 5pm and then racing action begins at 6.


2. BBQ!

No Memorial Day would be complete without a barbeque. It's the first hamburgers of the season, sizzling over that open flame. It's those thick, juicy steaks perfectly seared on the grill. And it's the family gathering around the barbeque, each offering their own advice to improve your cooking style, waiting to eat. There isn't much better than a family barbeque for Memorial Day.


1. Honor the Fallen

Remember the reason for the holiday and take time to remember those brave men and women we've lost. The cost of freedom is high. Don't miss this opportunity to remember the soldiers who paid the price to keep our lives safer, and free.


God bless the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. And have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!