Memorial Day has been a national holiday since the enactment of the National Holiday Act in 1971. While the actual day had fluctuated up until this point, it was then decided that Memorial Day would occur on the last Monday in May every year. This holiday serves as respect for those who passed defending America’s freedom (and oftentimes, the freedom of many other countries) in wars throughout history.
While it is extremely important that we all take some time on Memorial Day to remember all of our brave veterans (present and past), it is also important for us to celebrate the lives they lived and the freedoms that they thought so hard to protect for us. So, this Memorial Day, take time to pay your respects for those who lived for America, but also take some time to enjoy the outdoors and the country that they protected.
To some, Memorial Day also marks the unofficial beginning of the summer, with a long 3 day weekend – and generally lots of sunshine and warm temperatures! Rafting packages include a single day of New River Rafting on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, a BBQ cookout after rafting, 3 nights of camping, and a light breakfast every day!
So you might be wondering what else you can do over your Memorial Day weekend at River Expeditions? Well, that depends on what else you like to do! There is something for everyone in the New River Gorge and local, surrounding areas. Many of these activities are family-friendly and easy on the budget (allowing for many more adventures throughout the summer)!
But if you need a little help to get you started, here are some onsite and local activities to try and fit in:
- Zipline/Canopy Tours
- ATV Rides
- Scenic Float Trips
- Local Artisans (See – Tamarack)
- Local Dining
- Horseback Riding
- Rock Climbing
- Campsite games – horseshoes, cornhole, how many middle-aged men does it take to build a tent, etc…
- Helicopter tours
- Vineyards & Breweries
With all these fun things to do, to