Fun Things To Do For Memorial Day

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Blue Angels in Formation

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Miami

Not only is Memorial Day a federal holiday dedicated to remembering those who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces, it’s also the unofficial kick-off for summer vacation season. In Miami, there are a number of ways to commemorate the three-day weekend with Memorial Day landing on May 25, 2020. Here are some great ways to celebrate in Miami.

High 5
High 5

Hyundai Air & Sea Show

The Hyundai Air & Sea Show returns to South Beach for its fourth annual celebration over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 to 24, 2020. Known as “the greatest show above the earth,” head to the beach and simply look up to enjoy an impressive aerial show of America’s military might. Think, Blue Angels, Stealth Bombers and the US Army’s Golden Knights Parachute team. The Air & Sea Show highlights the strength and ingenuity of all five branches of America’s military. You’ll also enjoy the spectacle of offshore powerboat racing, extreme watersports demos, food and drink vendors, as well as live music and entertainment at Lummus Park on Ocean Drive.

Sizzle South Beach
Sizzle South Beach

Sizzle South Beach

The National Hotel on South Beach hosts the annual Sizzle South Beach extravaganza over Memorial Day Weekend from May 21 to 25, 2020. Considered the most highly anticipated urban gay event in the country, the long weekend is filled with pool parties, celebrations and events. Founded by Dwight Powell in 2002, the party has been going strong for years. Offsite parties will be held at Heart Nightclub, Club Space, Haulover Park Beach and aboard the Biscayne Lady Yacht.

Aerial of Bayfront Park and Downtown Miami
Aerial of Bayfront Park and Downtown Miami

Best of the Best Music Fest

Held Sunday, May 24, 2020, the 14th annual Best of the Best Music Fest promises ten hours of live pop, R&B, soca, reggae, hip-hop and Caribbean music in Bayfront Park overlooking Biscayne Bay. The line-up features Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Bushman, Vanessa Bling and more.

Mural in Little Haiti
Mural in Little Haiti

Haitian Flag Day Tour

The La Perle De Miami event encourages you to come out to Little Haiti’s Caribbean Market Place on Saturday May 23, 2020 for the Haitian Flag Day Tour and celebrate Haiti through the colors of the flag. Attendees will also receive passes to HistoryMiami in Downtown Miami for a culturally enriching Memorial Day Weekend.

Family Day on the Beach
Family Day on the Beach

Family Beach Day on Key Biscayne

Head over the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne for a laid-back, family-friendly beach day. Both Virginia Key and Key Biscayne offer a wide array of beaches perfect for soaking up some rays and playing in the surf. Key Biscayne is the home of Crandon Park Beach at the entrance to the island and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park at the tip. Both are perfect for families and offer some of the most tranquil ocean views in the area. For the best vistas, be sure to climb to the top of the Cape Florida Lighthouse, which was originally built in 1825.

LIV
LIV

South Beach Nightlife

Of course, if you’ve come to South Beach over Memorial Day Weekend to party, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find endless nightlife options. Ocean Drive in South Beach’s vibrant Art Deco District is home to bars and hotels hosting parties all weekend long. Try the Clevelander, Mango’s and Wet Willy’s. Washington Avenue is also home to major nightclubs like Cameo and Rockwell. And LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach always attracts a well-heeled crowd and high energy DJs.

Fireworks
Fireworks

Citywide Celebrations

Many neighborhoods host their own Memorial Day ceremonies to pay homage to American service men and women who gave their lives while serving their country. For example, the American Legion Miami Beach Post 85 and VFW Miami Beach Post 3559 typically host a wreath-laying ceremony and 21-gun salute at the War Memorial Cenotaph in front of Miami Beach Police Headquarters. Other cities like Key Biscayne, Surfside, Hialeah, Coral Gables and North Miami Beach also host remembrance ceremonies. Check with each city for details.

Check out our events calendar for more Memorial Day happenings.

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