The first official holiday of summer is just days away and many in the metro are still trying to figure out what to do for Memorial Day. The high gas prices might keep many close to home, but don’t worry, there are things to do right here in our own back yard.
Carnivals like the one at Canfield’s Plaza in Omaha have rides and fun for the kids. Omaha's Memorial Park is always the centerpiece of the Memorial Day weekend as we remember those who have gone before us.
There is also a first-time event going on in Council Bluffs. After 18 months and more than $7 million, the city is ready to open River’s Edge Park. Out of town visitors are already in awe over the park's beauty and views of Omaha.
“It’s a really nice walk across the river, it will be a beautiful place for people to enjoy,” said Sherry Albright-Jones of Ohio.
“I think this is a beautiful place to bring the family, it’s very open, see great views of Omaha and all the architecture makes it very enjoyable just to walk around,” said Casey Hardymon of Ohio.
“I’m really excited that we have this great place in our community,” said Chelsa Salifou of Omaha. “I think it will be a great asset to have an outdoor place for events like we're going have this Saturday."
Council Bluffs is planning a major event this weekend to kick off the grand opening of the park. “Our opening event, Beach Boys, will be here on Saturday night,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan. “We're looking right into the stage from right here, then we turn around Sunday, have the symphony and Offutt Air Force Base, we'll pay a tribute to America on Memorial Day.”
There will also be light shows and fireworks and it’s all free. The Hanafan River’s Edge Park is named for the mayor. It features a great lawn that’s the size of three football fields.
Mayor Hanafan hopes this venue will be a popular one for years to come. “We think what it’s going to be is a place where people can come and get back to the river. This is a great story about both communities. The river is what created us.”