The Ultimate Sacrifice

Posted on May 22nd 2018 by Florida Blue

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Originally called “Decoration Day,” the first day of remembrance for our service members was held in 1868. Memorial Day as we know it did not become a designated federal holiday until June 28, 1968, and with that designation began the tradition of a three-day, long weekend.

On Memorial Day we remember and honor all those who fought for the freedoms we are so proud to enjoy on a daily basis. The last Monday in May also marks the unofficial start of summer with celebrations that include barbeques, gatherings full of family and friends, and time spent outdoors.

This weekend as you gather on the beach, pool or at a local park, take a moment to reflect on those who paid the ultimate price for our American dream. If you know a service member, thank them for their service. If you are a service member, we thank you for your commitment and love for our Country.

Here are a few select activities happening across our beautiful state in celebration of Memorial Day.



Downtown Pensacola Memorial Day Weekend Maker Market: InBloom

May 26, 9 a.m. 

Pop-up shops, makers, shakers & bakers - There's never been a better way to support small home-grown business than to come out and enjoy our May Florida weather on Memorial Day weekend!

Start on: May 26, 2018 9a.m. Saturday
End on: May 27, 2018 2p.m. Sunday


Memorial Day Weekend Concert Celebration

May 26,  7 p.m. 

Celebrate Memorial Day at HarborWalk Village! It's time for flip flops, suntans, and SUMMER! Kick-off summer with live music on the Destin Harbor all weekend long and FIREWORKS over the Destin Harbor!

Start on: May 26, 2018, 7 p.m. Saturday
End on: May 27, 2018, 9:15 p.m. Sunday

St. Petersburg:

Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life: Closing Reception

May 26, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

42 national and Mexican artists' interpretations of the Mexican holiday, as well as 160 artist-embellished sugar skulls. Curated by Mark Noll. Remains on display through May 29.

Florida CraftArt Galleries

501 Central Ave.

St. Petersburg


Florida Orchestra Pops: Patriotic Salute

May 26,  8:00 p.m.

In honor of Memorial Day, the orchestra presents patriotic pieces by John Philip Sousa and John Williams.

Mahaffey Theater

400 First St. S

St. Petersburg

Ponce Inlet:

2018 Ponce Inlet Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 28, 9:00 a.m.

Memorial at Davies Lighthouse

4931 South Peninsula Drive

Ponce Inlet

Price: Free


Orlando Concert Band presents “A Memorial Day Remembrance”

Monday May 28, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road


The Orlando Concert Band presents a concert to honor those individuals who gave their lives in the service of their country. The concert will be followed by a brief memorial ceremony including a fly-over.

Price: Free


National Salute to America’s Heroes Air & Sea Show

May 26  - May 27, 10:00 a.m.  - 6:00 p.m.

“The Greatest Show Above the Earth” will showcase the men, women, technology and equipment from all five branches of the United States Military as well as our Police, Firefighters and their First Responder agencies over two days on the beautiful shores of Miami Beach.

The National Salute to America’s Heroes is FREE and OPEN to the public. The best viewing for the Air & Sea Show is on Miami Beach between 11th and 14th streets. Visit the Display Village, which spans more than 4 city blocks, and includes interactive displays from all branches of the military, as well as corporate sponsors, food and beverage tents plus memorabilia and merchandise located in Lummus Park.

Price: Free

Palm Beach:

Indian River POPS Orchestra presents Remembering America's Heroes

May 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m. 

Palm Beach State College

4200 S Congress Ave

Lake Worth

Price: $25


13th Annual Day to Remember Memorial Day Service

May 28, 2018, 11:45 a.m. 

Palm Beach Memorial Park

3691 N Seacrest Blvd 


Emcee: Jim Sackett

Keynote Speaker: Lt. Kate Arrizza, Former US Naval Officer

POW/MIA Tribute & Wreath Presentations

Complimentary hot dogs & chips

Price: Free




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