Memorial Day weekend is a holiday when Americans honor the brave soldiers who died in the name of the United States and freedom. Some San Diegans will honor those people by visiting Mount Soledad or Rosecrans National Cemetary. The party boys and girls, on the other hand, will pay tribute by drinking beer in a pool. Here are a few places where you can make your country proud by taking advantage of your freedom to be a not-so-hot mess.
For you house-music-loving, "U-S-A"-chanting partiers, there's the Wet Pool Party at Hotel Palomar's SummerSalt pool bar (1047 Fifth Ave., Downtown) on Saturday, May 25. Shake what your veteran grandfather gave you to the deep beats of special guest DJs Miguel Migs and Lisa Shaw. Joining these club gods on the 1's and 2's are Franky Boissy, Chris Herrera, Jay Idol and more. I wouldn't call this party "alternative"; stop by if you have any Gaslamp tendencies.
The hipsters love hanging at the Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park) pool, so expect to see some vintage one-piece swimsuits and curly moustaches on Sunday, May 26, at the hotel's official Summer Kick-off Party. While all the details haven't been worked out quite yet, you can expect hipster-friendly tunes from local DJs. That usually means a mix of remixed indie songs, radio rap and maybe one Mumford & Sons song that everyone will complain about. Most importantly, there will be plenty of cocktails and sunshine. Bring some cash for the cover charge and sunscreen for your pale skin.
The Fortune 421 Summer Kick-off Party will also go down on Sunday. Bring your water wings to Andaz Hotel's (600 F St., Downtown) rooftop pool for sun, fun and music spun by DJs Goldroom and J Paul Getto. Tickets to this Memorial Day party are $40. I guess that's how much drunken sunburns go for nowadays. Pay if you like pool partying with the cool Downtown kids.