Even though summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, Memorial Day has always signified the start of the summer season. Sun, sand, and drinks in our hand, we are ready to kick off Memorial Weekend 2018 with a bang.
Sonesta Philadelphia’s rooftop pool will officially open for the season on May 25. Staying for the weekend? Their Stay, Swim & Splash package also comes with a discounted room rate, free overnight parking, one free cocktail at Art Bar and pool-themed gifts for the kids. 1800 Market St., 215-561-7500
Valley Forge Casino Resort’s Valley Beach Poolside Club will open for the summer season on Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. The 20,000 square-foot poolside oasis is surrounded by 50-tons of sand, private cabanas and a tiki bar. The new 2018 menu features summer favorites like sushi, $5 signature hand-crafted cocktails, burgers, and more. 1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia, 610-768-3252
Sofitel Philadelphia’s chic lounge will partner with Philadelphia Distilling on a seasonal sidewalk seating area called Liberté Blue, opening May 25. Located on Sansom Street, this urban chic lounge will feature a special menu of seasonal cocktails and dishes. Guests can look forward to pan seared scallops, braised peppers with garlic and Ossau Iraty cheese on a baguette, and a delicious lavender martini made with Penn 1681 vodka, homemade lavender syrup, and lemon. 120 S. 17th St., 215-569-8300
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with the Sail Philadelphia Waterfront Festival. May 25 through May 28, attendees can enjoy live music, food vendors, beer gardens, and ship tours of some of the tallest ships in the world. There will also be 90-minute daily sails and 120-minute twilight sails to take you on the Delaware River for an immersive experience. Tickets to the Waterfront Festival also include same-day admission to the Independence Seaport Museum. 877-435-9849
Philadelphia’s favorite rooftop bar will open for the season on May 24, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The smoke-free establishment will showcase a brand new food and drink menu this season. Throwing a summer shindig? Rent out the entire space on Monday and Tuesday and overlook the city skyline with your best friends. 800 Mifflin St.