Memorial Day weekend is here and South Floridians, including crowds from around the world, are enjoying the state and what it had to offer. From BBQs to parades, time in the sun and simple family fun South Florida has a lot to offer this weekend, the unofficial start to summer vacation season. And while we’re having fun with family and friends, Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember and commemorate members of the United State military who died while serving their country.
Here’s a list of events, including those honoring members we’ve lost and many other events across town this holiday weekend.
Memorial Day Service
All Wars Memorial Park
16501 NE 16th Avenue
North Miami Beach, Fl
Join in on the celebration of this special “Day to Remember” where we will honor all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving this great country; and to recognize all the men and women in the Armed Forces today who continue to preserve our freedom.
The ceremony will begin on Monday at 10 a.m. with a gun volley delivered by the North Miami Beach Police Department Honor Guard Unit followed by the march of colors over the Snake Creek Canal Bridge led by the St. Andrew’s Drum and Pipe Band of Miami.
Performed with pomp and circumstance, the service will also incorporate the participation of local clergy, city, county and state dignitaries; veterans’ posts and auxiliaries; all branches of the Armed Forces, the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Fire Departments, the Florida Highway Patrol, Junior ROTC Units, youth groups, scout troops and local community and civic organizations.
Reservations are not necessary for participation. For more information please contact Miguel Acevedo or Alysande Carrington at (305) 948-2957.
Red, White & Blue Support Our Troops Fundraiser
Blue Martini Lounge LLC
8405 Mills Dr
Miami, FL 33183
Support the troops on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and enter their 50/50 raffle. Complimentary Drink Tickets for $10 donation to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. Also, vote for your favorite military branch! This is a great opportunity to show your support of our troops
Sending monthly “we care” packages to our troops serving overseas since 2003.
Memorial Day Fest Block Party
145 N. Miami Ave.
Includes fashion show and dance contest from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; Call Joe Benjamin at 954-336-3197 for price and more information visit www.miamigov.com
Florida Marlins Super Saturday
Sun Life Stadium
2269 Dan Marino Blvd
Miami Gardens, FL
Join the Florida Marlins for Super Saturday. Post-game performance by Luis Enrique and Jerry Rivera plus fireworks at 7:10 p.m. Tickets start at $11. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com
Jungle Island Memorial Day Weekend
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Free barbecue lunch and 2010 pass with the purchase of a general admission ticket from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday; Ticket are $32.95, $24.95 for kids 3-10 and free for kids 2 and under. For more information, call 305-400-7000 or visit www.jungleisland.com
Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival
James L. Knight Center
400 SE Second Ave.
Stand-up comics include Earth Quake, Adele Givens and Gary Owen. The festival is on Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are from $36.50-$56.50. For more information, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
12th Annual Urban Beach Week
May 26 to May 30
Miami Memorial Day Weekend attracts hundreds of thousands of hip-hop fans that come to Miami and South Beach to enjoy three enjoyment-filled days packed with parties, events and, of course, celebrities.
Capacity crowds topping 200,000 fans are expected to fill just a few streets in the South Beach area from Ocean Drive to Washington Avenue south of 17th Street for parties and performances.
On Friday, join DJ Khaled at b.e.d. Miami Beach, Rick Ross at Space or Plies Live at Sobe Live.
Saturday’s performances include Lloyd, Christ Brown and Keri Hilson at Bicentennial Park at 5 p.m., Jermaine Dupri at Arkadia Fountainebleau or Trey Songz at Play Nightclub.
Sobe Live is promoting Jim Jones and Juelz Santana on Sunday, while Stephen & Damian Marley will be at Best of the Best (Day 2) at Bicentennial Park.
For the full list of events this weekend, click here.
Coconut Creek Memorial Day Ceremony
3550 Lyons Rd
Coconut Creek, Fl
Coconut Creek is holding its Memorial Day ceremony on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon at the S.E. corner or Lyons and Sample Road. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 954-545-6670 or visit www.creekgov.net.
Coral Springs Memorial Day
8601 Royal Palm Boulevard
Coral Springs, Fl
Join the City of Coral Springs for a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday in honor of the brave men and women of our military who have given their lives in service to our nation.
The Ceremony will be at Veterans Park at 9 a.m., in honor of the brave men and women of our military who have given their lives in service to our nation.
For more information, call 954-345-2200 or visit www.coralsprings.org
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Bergeron Rodeo Grounds
4271 Davie Road
Davie, Florida 33314
The Town of Davie and the Scoutmasters Camporee Committee of the South Florida Council, BSA cordially invite you to attend the annual Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony to be held on Monday10:00 a.m.
The Parade will proceed down Davie Rd, beginning at SW 39th St and end at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds.
A Memorial Service will take place at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds at 11:00 A.M. Veteran’s of Foreign War Davie Post 9697 will have music and food after the ceremony. Ticket Pricing: Free, beverages and flags available for purchase.
For more information, click here.
Hallandale Beach Memorial Day Tribute
There are various free events planned around Hallandale Beach on Monday. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the cemetery at 609 NW Sixth Ave. followed by refreshments at 10 a.m. at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center located at 410 SE Third St. Continue the Memorial Day tribute with a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Veterans Monument located at 400 S. Federal Hwy. For more information, call 954-457-1452.
Pompano Beach Patriotic Family Day
Pompano’s family day starts with a ceremony at 9 a.m. at Westview Community Cemetery, 428 NW Sixth Ave., Pompano Beach. A parade follows at 11 a.m. on Southeast 23rd Avenue. Also includes an open house at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8182, 234 S. Dixie Hwy., Pompano Beach on Monday. This event is free. For more information, call 954-701-8121 or www.mypompanobeach.org .
The Great American Beach Party with Connie Francis
Fort Lauderdale Beach
(Corner of Las Olas and South Atlantic Boulevard)
Live bands, classic car show, family beach activities and 50th anniversary screening of “Where The Boys Are,” presented by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Also includes history and exhibit tent. The event is on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ci.ftlaud.fl.us/news/2010/boys.htm.
For more information, click here.
Mardi Gras Memorial Day Weekend Bash
Mardi Gras Casino
831 N. Federal Hwy.
Hallandale Beach, FL
Mardi Gras’ Weekend Bash includes giveaway of three 2010 Mustangs, watermelon-eating contest and an all-American barbecue menu; The events are held from Saturday to Monday at Mardi Gras Casino. Free admission. For more information, call 954-924-3200. For the full schedule visit www.playmardigras.com
Summer Bubble Bash Weekend
Museum of Discovery & Science
401 SW Second Street
Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Learn about the physics behind making bubbles and party outside with music and bubble-making devices. Dress to get wet from noon to 4 p.m. from Friday to Monday.
Tickets: $16; $15 seniors; $12 kids 2-12 (includes museum exhibits and one classic IMAX film), $1 off classic IMAX tickets for members. For more information, call 954-463-4629 or visit www.mods.org
For more Memorial Day weekend resources, including our Summer grilling guide and best venues around town, visit CBS4′s Memorial Day section by clicking here.