Memorial Day 2024: Ways to Honor and Celebrate in Miami

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Image: A field of American flags to commemorate Memorial Day
Theme of the weekend… celebrate, honor, remember

Memorial Day 2024–which falls on May 27th–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

Ways to Celebrate 

The Hyundai Air and Sea Show

Image: Promotional graphic for 2023 Hyundai Air & Sea Show
Courtesy of Hyundai Air & Sea Show

Dubbed The Greatest Show Above Earth, this U.S. Army Salute Fest 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 25-26) is free to the public. It includes an airshow, a kids zone, military displays, and a jet cockpit photo op. There is also a free concert and fireworks show the night of May 25 featuring DJ Alex Dena, the U.S. Army As You Were Band, and the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival Orchestra. Can’t make it in person? You can watch via live stream between 12-6pm on Saturday & Sunday.

Great American Beach Party

This one-day beach party (May 25) takes place on Ft. Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Oceanside Park. It includes a sand sculpting contest, water slides, various family activities, a classic car show, 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 Annual Best of the Best Fest

The annual Best of the Best Music Fest, which takes place at Bayfront Park, has been postponed this year. Best of the Best is the largest reggae/Caribbean music festival in North America. The 19th annual Best of the Best Music Fest is currently scheduled to take place on May 25, 2025.

Dino Safari Weekend at Flamingo Gardens

Opening weekend (May 25-27) of Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors features 13 lifelike animatronic dinosaurs! This unique exhibit is available for a limited engagement–through September 2, 2024–and is included with admission. Also, enjoy Flamingo Gardens’ 60 acres of wildlife and gardens.

Did you know that we publish a monthly events guide? Check out the great local events and activities happening this month. Or if you’re hosting a family-friendly event, click here to submit your event and get the word out!

Updated May 2024

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