Memorial Day Family FunFest Returns!
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th from 10am to 4pm
As part of the Maggi Tax Advisory and Veteran Solutions 2013 Special Event Series, the Memorial Day Family FunFest returns on Memorial Day. Packed with family fun, you can enjoy rock wall climbing, bungee jumping, bounce house, military vehicle rides, WWII reenactors from the 1st Infantry Division, arts & crafts, face painting, photo opportunities, museum tours, food and music. Tickets are deeply discounted at $10 for adults and $5 for youths 4-12 and are on sale now at www.armedforcesmuseum.com, or by calling 727.539.8371 or in person at the museum.
Armed Forces History Museum
2050 34th Way North
Largo, FL 33771
Oldsmar Freedom Fest
Friday, May 24 - Sunday May 26 - opens 10:00am
Oldmar Freedom Fest is a joint effort between the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oldsmar. They come together to create a community event for Memorial Day Weekend. Previous event rocked with 12,500 attendees over the 3 days, 100 vendors, 10 bands. Join Oldsmar to remember and honor America's Military members and have great family fun.
100 State St. W, Oldsmar
5th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Saturday May 25 11:00am
Patriotic ceremony honoring the service and sacrifice of America's military members. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food, toiletries or gently used men’s clothing. These articles will be donated to the Liberty Manor Veterans Home. Lunch will be served after the ceremony.
Hillsboro Memorial Gardens
2323 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon
Bands on the Sand
Sat & Sun May 25 & May 26 - noon each day until 10pm
Bands on the Sand 5 is jam-packed with all-stars and A-listers from the Tampa Bay music scene which include Saturday night headliner Cope and Sunday night headliner Black Honkeys. This famed Memorial Day Weekend beach concert is in its fifth year will feature music, food and drink. Free admission.
10400 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island
Military Day at the Zoo
Monday May 27
In honor of Memorial Day, military personnel (active-duty and retirees) are entitled to free admission on that day.Department of Defense photo ID required at the Zoo's ticket counter.Up to three direct dependents of military personnel also are entitled to free admission. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minors.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
The Features - 97 X Memorial Day Backyard Bbq
Saturday, May 25 - 8:00pm
The Features are a psychedelic rock outfit that plays fresh, off-kilter pop that sounds like a cross between Ray Davies and Elvis Costello.
501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg
Family Fun Carnival Day
Monday, May 27 10:00a to 5:00pm
Glazer Children's Museum Tampa, FL
Glazer celebrates Memorial Day with a day of carnival games and family fun! Over 170 interactivities and exhibits and classic carnival games will be located throughout the Museum.
Glazer Children's Museum
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
Memorial Day Services
**Bay Pines VA Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday May 27 - 10:00am
Performance by Timber Creek High School Air Force Corps JROTC Silent Drill Team, musical performances, firing salute and taps. Free.
Bay Pines VA Medical Center National Cemetary
10,000 Bay Pines Blvs, St Petersburg
**Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony
Monday May 27 - 7:00pm
Music, a keynote speaker and a wreath presentation honor all those who lost their lives fighting for our country. Free.
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive, Largo
**Memorial Day Service
Sunday May 26 - 8pm- Friends and family can place a a lit memorial memorial candle at sunset.
Monday May 27 - 11:00am - Commander Bill Hamblin presides over this ceremony that represents all military branches. Guest speakers, music & light refreshments. Bring a flag to place on a grave or to wave along Kennedy Blvd. Free
American Legion Post 5
3810 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
**Florida National Cemetary Memorial Ceremony
Monday May 27 - 11:00am
Steve Jervey is master of ceremonies with keynote speaker Mike Prendergast for this memorial serivce. Hernando High School Band will perform in addition to more music, taps, rifle salute, flyover and posting of colors.
Florida National Cemetary
6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell
**Carry the Load
Monday May 27 - 9:00-11:00am
Strap on the weighted back packs, put weights on your ankles or carry a heavy ladder. This walk represents the weight of memories for those who serve or have served our country as well as our towns and benefits Friends of Military Families and Hillsborough County Firefighter Charities. Free - donations through sponsorships.
Al Lopez Park
4810 Himes Ave., Tampa
**We Salute You 2
Monday May 27 - Noon-10pm
This all day event to honor our active or veteran military members and their families starts with the gathering of emergency & safety vehicles from across Pinellas County.
Barbeque, outdoor entertainment and wartime memorabilia as well as speeches in the evening. Free during the day, fee in the evening.
Riverside Grille House
10 W Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs
Shephard's Backyard Tiki Bar
Friday- Monday May 24-27
Shephard's Beach Resort is celebrating Memorial Day weekend with performances in the Tiki Bar and in the Wave Nightclub by Jason Derulo, DJ Skribble, and more.
**FRIDAY, MAY 24 - The Go Daddies 2-7 p.m.
All The Answers 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
DJ Chad Fox 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
DJ Ray 9 p.m.-close
**SATURDAY, MAY 25 -
Gods and Generals 1-5 p.m.
All The Answers 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Iyaz 11:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Cataracs 12-2 a.m.
93.3 FLZ broadcasting live with Kidd Leow 9 p.m.-close.
** SUNDAY, MAY 26 -
Live DJs throughout the day
Jason Derulo 11 p.m.
DJ Skribble 11:45 p.m.-2 a.m.
DJ Brandon James 9 p.m.-close
MONDAY, MAY 27 -
Live DJs throughout the day
Hospitality Industry Party from 9 p.m.-close
Shephard's Beach Resort
619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Tribute to Heroes Parade
Sunday, May 26 5:00p to 9:00p
Children can join the parade procession of floats and marching bands or enter their bikes in a contest. Music, taps, dove release and more to follow. Donate items to Manasota Operation Troop Support (MOTS)and write a letter of thanks to our troops and drop it off at the MOTS table. Special VIP Veteran Viewing area will be available for members of the military and their families to sit. Food, drinks and ice cream for purchase. Don't forget to wear your Red, White and Blue.
Lakewood Ranch's Main Street
8131 Lakewood Main St., Bradenton
Memorial Day Sandbar Concert
Sunday May 26 - 1:00 - 4:30pm
Only way to this concert is by boat. Blues and southern rock by the Cross Creek Blues Band and Hal Hammer Jr on stage on the pontoon boat anchored in the channel off Tanglewwod Way. Bring your beach chairs and coolers.
"P" Channel - adjacent to 2189 Tanglewood Way N. E.
Water Ski Show
Saturday May 25 - 6pm
Theatrical Memorial Day salute in this patriotic themed water show. Over 100 skiers will perform barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts. Free.
130 Burbank Rd, Oldsmar
Annual Barn Bash
Saturday, May 25 - 2:00p
Healing Horses "One child at a time" Inc invites to their Annual Memorial Day Weekend Barn Bash!!! Food, live music, silent auction with equine art by reknowned artists. This family oriented event will be filled with fun and good times. Join this this annual fund raiser to support the mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abused and neglected horses. Help with the mission to join many of the horses with special needs children for interaction at no charge to the families. This state registered Non Profit and registered 501 (c) 3 charitable organization serves our community by helping special needs children obtain life skills needed to be successful! Adult 16 yrs & up - $25.00 Children 15 yrs thru 5 yrs - $15.00 Children 4 yrs and under - $0.00
Healing Horses "One child at a time" Inc.
28821 Bennington Dr.
Wesley Chapel, FL
Memorial Day at the Pier
Monday May 27 - 1:00pm - 9:45pm
Live music by Uncle John's Band, the Tempests and Giving Tree and a special performance by the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team. Topped off by fireworks show with lights and confetti cannons. Free.
800 Second Ave NE
Seaworld Memorial Day Spectacular
Saturday and Sunday May 25th-26th
Bring the family to SeaWorld for a stunning fireworks display at Ski Lake. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m.
Enjoy a live band and family entertainment before the show. What better way to kick off the summer
Free Memorial Day Entry or Specials
**Memorial Day at the Zoo
Monday May 27 - 9:30am-5pm
Free admission for active or retired military (Photo ID required) plus up to three free admissions for dependants.
**Memorial Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium
Saturday May 25 - Monday May 27 - 9:30am-5:00pm
Active military, retired military drilling reservists and National Guard members can get two free admissions. Additional admissions (up to 4 people) may receive $10 admissions.
701 Channelside Dr, Tampa
** Military Families Day
Sunday, May 26 Noon -5:00pm
In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum remembers those who have served our country and our veterans, active duty, or retired military personnel and their families by inviting them to the Museum with free admission.
Henry B. Plant Museum
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
**Hooters, all veterans and active-duty military can receive 10 free wings on Memorial Day. Must present military ID or proof of military service.