Memorial Day, celebrated this year on May 30th, is the day that we honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. While it is celebrated on the last Monday in May, events, and remembrances often span the entire weekend. Keeping in mind the importance of balancing fun festivities with the true meaning of the holiday, I have gathered some resources to both honor the fallen and enjoy the long weekend.
Ways to Honor the Fallen
- Take flowers to the South Florida National Cemetery.
- Take a virtual tour of Arlington National Cemetery and discuss the importance of the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
- Attend the 2022 Davie Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on May 30 in Davie.
Ways to Celebrate
The Hyundai Air and Sea Show
Dubbed “The Greatest Show Above Earth,” this National Salute to America’s Heroes is a Miami Beach must-see for the entire family. Featuring military personnel and equipment from all five branches of the armed forces, this two-day event (May 28-29) is free to the public. It includes an airshow, extreme water sport zone, and interactive displays. There is also a concert and firework show the night of May 28 featuring 3 Doors Down (additional ticket purchase required for some viewing areas).
Great American Beach Party
This one-day beach party (May 28) takes place on Ft. Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Oceanside Park. It includes sand sculpting demonstrations, beach games for kids, a classic car show, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, and of course a spectacular tribute to the military in the afternoon. It is free to the public and will also feature a precision free-fall parachute jump over the Atlantic.
The 16th Annual Best of the Best Concert
Located in Bayfront Park, Best of the Best is the largest reggae/Caribbean music festival in North America. Taking place on May 29, acts include Beres Hammond, Cham, Chris Martin, Mr. Vegas, and many others. Tickets are available online and children 12 and under are free.
Free Our Seas Exhibit at Flamingo Gardens
Opening weekend (May 28-30) of this exhibit featuring art sculptures created from debris found on South Florida Beaches. Also, enjoy Flamingo Gardens 60-acres of wildlife and gardens.
We’d love to hear from you! What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?