Bay Area 2014 Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service.

On this holiday, many of us spend time doing family gatherings, backyard BBQs or enjoying a nice evening out with friends and family.

However you choose to celebrate Memorial Day, remember to honor those who have lost their lives for our great freedoms.

Here is a list of things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Veterans Memorial Park Memorial Day Ceremony 11:00 AM (Sunday)

  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • 3602 Highway 301, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Price: Free

Memorial Day Breakfast | 8:00 AM

  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater, 33765
  • Veterans and their guests are invited to a breakfast in their honor with guest speaker Jakie Dryden, developmental director of HEP, RSVP required by May 23.
  • Price: TBA
  • Phone: (727) 446-6210

Memorial Day Parade | 8:00 AM

  • Parade Start Point
  • Collier Parkway Extension and Dupree Lakes Boulevard, Land O' Lakes, 34639
  • Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco serves as Grand Marshal over this parade including marching bands and Shriner units. The parade honoring men and women who have died serving in the armed forces starts at Dupree Lakes Boulevard off Collier Parkway and ends just past the Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home on Parkway Boulevard.
  • Price: Free
  • Phone: (813) 995-2736

American Heart Association's CPR/Automated External Defibrillator Class | 9:00 AM

  • Delta Woods Park
  • 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, 34606
  • Hernando County Recreation offers this free class to the general public (not available for hospital staff). It includes CPR adult, infant and child, as well as AED and First Aid certification for two years. Registration required as space is limited.
  • Price: Free
  • Phone: (352) 754-4031, 346-0463


Carry the Load | 9:00 AM

  • Al Lopez Park
  • 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa, 33614
  • Strap on a heavy back pack, hoist a ladder or run with weights on your ankles. Add weight to your load anyway you want and join in a walk that represents the weight of our memories for those who have served and currently serve our country and towns. Benefits families of fallen or injured military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel.
  • Price: Free; donations through sponsorships goal $200.
  • Phone: (813) 387-1594

Memorial Day at the Zoo | 9:30 AM

  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604
  • Price: Free admission for active duty or retired military personnel with photo ID. Also good for free admission for up to three direct dependents.
  • Phone: (813) 935-8552


Bay Pines VA Memorial Day Ceremony | 10:00 AM

  • Bay Pines VA Medical Center and National Cemetery
  • 10,000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, 33744
  • Event with featured speakers including representatives from the VA, a performance by the Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (an amputee color guard unit), musical performances, firing salute and taps performance. Shuttle service provided from parking lot to cemetery. Sign-language interpreter for hearing impaired.
  • Price: Free
  • Phone: (727) 398-9426


Memorial Day at Great Explorations | 10:00 AM

  • Great Explorations Children's Museum
  • 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704
  • Active duty personnel get in free and children can participate in patriotic themed games and crafts.
  • Phone: (727) 821-8992


Memorial Day Family Funfest | 10:00 AM

  • Armed Forces History Museum
  • 2050 34th Way N, Largo, 33771
  • The museum invites families to honor the holiday with rock wall climbing, bungee jumping, a bounce house, military vehicle rides, war reenactors, meet and greets with the Bomber Girls, karate demonstrations and a dance recital.
  • Price: $10, $5 ages 4-12.
  • Phone: (727) 539-8371


Memorial Day Heat Wave | 10:00 AM

  • Glazer Children's Museum
  • 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602
  • Celebrate the holiday with a tropically themed dance party.
  • Phone: (813) 443-3861

Sea Lion Splash | 10:00 AM

  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604
  • Sea Lion Splash opens introducing a colony of coastal sea lions, daily presentations and an outdoor activity area. Remains on display through May 31.
  • Price: $2, in addition to park admission.
  • Phone: (813) 935-8552


Sunflower Maze | 10:00 AM

  • Sweetfields Farm
  • 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown, 34604
  • Follow the paths cut into a five-acre patch of eight to 10-foot sunflowers. You'll also find hay rides, a veggie cannon, farm animals, pig races, duck races, goats on grass roofs, giant Jenga, tree fort and a story teller. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Price: $8.50, $4.50 age 3-11, 2 and younger free (Cash only).
  • Phone: (352) 279-0977

VFW Post 9236 Memorial Day Observance | 10:00 AM

  • VFW Post 9236
  • 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, 34607
  • The ceremony will include a demonstration by Central High School's NJROTC
    • Drill Team. Following will be all-you-can-eat barbecue beef and pork (from noon to 3 p.m.), and music by Jim Brown starting at 2 p.m.
    • Phone: (352) 596-9236


    Florida National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony | 11:00 AM

    • Florida National Cemetery
    • 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, 33513
    • The keynote speaker is Maj. Gen. Michael T. Plehn, Principal Director for Middle East Policy. Steve Jerve of WFLA TV News Channel 8 will be master of ceremonies. Joseph Harrin will lead the Hernando High School Band as they perform patriotic music prior to and during the ceremony. Linda Burnette and the Double Trouble Quartet will sing, Naomi McClain will perform on bagpipes, and Isaac Bobonis will play Taps. There will be a rifle salute by the Marine Corps League Detachment 708 of Spring Hill and the Central High School NJROTC Color Guard will post the colors. The Ye Mystic Air Krewe will provide a flyover. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Seating is limited; bring a lawn chair or blanket.
    • Phone: (352) 793-7740


    Memorial Day Ceremony | 11:00 AM

    • Freedom Lake Park
    • 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park, 33781
    • The public is invited to join members of the Korean War Veterans Association Suncoast Chapter 14 and city officials to honor the lives and memories of those who have defended America.
    • Price: Free.
    • Phone: (727) 541-0895


    Memorial Day Weekend | 1:00 PM

    • Shepard's Beach Resort
    • 619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, 33767
    • The beachfront party place is bringing in rapper, B.o.B., and pop-rock bands, Rixton and Hot Chelle Rae to headline their four-day Memorial Weekend concert. The music will kick-off Friday with the Pearl Jam tribute band, Ten, followed by B.o.B, All the Answers and Orange Avenue on Saturday, Hot Chelle Rae, Rixton, DJ Skribble, Goshfather & Jinco and more on Sunday and DJs Nova, Arock, Deville and ku on Monday.
    • Price: $30 weekend passes.
    • Phone: (727) 442-5107

    Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony | 7:00 PM

    • Largo Central Park
    • 101 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771
    • Honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our country at this ceremony with music, a keynote speaker and wreath presentation.
    • Price: Free.
    • Phone: (727) 587-6740

    Ybor Ghost Tour | 7:30 PM

    • King Corona Cigars Cafe & Bar
    • 1523 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605
    • Voted number one ghost tour in the United States by, this tour introduces guest to an 8-year-old boy who drowned in the Cuban Club pool, a long deceased shopkeeper of King Corona and lovers sealed in the basement of the Orpheum Theatre.
    • Price: $25, $10 ages 8-12.
    • Phone: (813) 386-3905


    Blue Star Museums | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    • Henry B. Plant Museum
    • 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL  33606
    • The Henry B. Plant Museum is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.
    • The Museum will officially launch the program with MILITARY FAMILIES DAY, Sunday, May 25, 2014. In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum remembers those who have served our country by all veterans, active duty, or retired military personnel and their families into the Museum as our guests, free admission.
    • Military families may enjoy self-guided and audio tours in the Museum throughout the day. In addition, at 2 pm the Museum’s Upstairs/ Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel Live Theatre series will feature Henry Dobson, Spanish-American War Soldier, 1898.
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