Fun Things To Do For Memorial Day

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By: Kara Franker

Fun things to do 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. Here are a few options.

Air & Sea Show in South Beach

A spectacular showcase featuring an array of top talent and musical acts, the Hyundai Air & Sea Show and Music Explosion promises to draw plenty of oohs and ahhs from the crowds. The two-day event will take place directly on the sand in Miami Beach on Saturday May, 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019. Expect top musical acts to perform at a patriotic concert, as well as plenty of heart-pumping flyovers by military fighter jets and bombers. Every branch of the military will be showcased, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as local police officers, firefighters and first responders. There will also be fireworks, aerobatic acts, powerboat racing, extreme water sports, freestyle motocross, lumberjack demos, sand sculpting, and a kid’s fun zone with games and slides. The event will take place along Ocean Drive between 11th and 14th Streets and admission is free.

Concert in Downtown Miami

On Sunday, May 26, 2019, enjoy an impressive musical line-up featuring bands performing hip-hop, reggae, pop and more at the annual Best of the Best Music Fest at Miami’s Bayfront Park during Memorial Day Weekend. General admission tickets are available for $30 and VIP tickets start at $120. Children 12 and under are free.

Family Beach Day in Key Biscayne

Kick-off summer with a family-friendly weekend at the beach. Head over the Rickenbacker Causeway to Virginia Key and Key Biscayne for more of a laid-back, kid-friendly vibe. Both islands offer a wide array of beach locales 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 end. Both beaches are perfect for families and offer some of the most tranquil ocean views in the area. For the best vistas, climb to the top of the Cape Florida Lighthouse, originally built in 1825. Free guided tours are available Thursday through Monday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sizzling Nightlife in South Beach

For endless nightlife options for the party crowd, head to South Beach for a variety of 21+ style events during Memorial Day Weekend. Ready to dance the night away? LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach always attracts a well-heeled crowd and high energy DJs. Board a spacious yacht for the annual All White Yacht Party presented by Miami Nice. Or head to Ocean Drive in South Beach’s vibrant Art Deco District, where you’ll find various hotels hosting parties all weekend long. Happening alongside the festivities, Sizzle Miami is a popular event celebrating gay men of color.

Comedy Festival in Downtown Miami

Head to the James L Knight Center in Downtown Miami for the 12th annual Memorial Weekend Miami Comedy Fest. Past comedians have included Leslie Jones, Anthony Anderson, Corey Holcomb, Ms Jucy, Luenell, Michael Colyar, Steve Brown, John Witherspoon, Lil Duval, Kym Whitley, Michael Colyar and more. Once the 2019 lineup is announced, tickets will be available via TicketMaster.

Eco Tour at Oleta River State Park in Sunny Isles Beach

For the outdoorsy types, the three-day weekend is a great opportunity to explore one of Miami’s most expansive state parks. At Oleta River State Park, ride a bicycle through the winding bike trails, hop on a stand-up paddle board for a view above the water, or book one of the guided kayak tours for the chance to see manatees, fish and other wildlife. Admission to Oleta River State Park is $6 per vehicle and fees for guided tours start at $35 per person.

Summer Kick Off at Grapeland Water Park

Located near Miami International Airport, Grapeland Water Park opens for the summer season on Memorial Day Weekend. Featuring 13 acres of water slides, lazy rivers and pools, there’s plenty of splish-splashing for the whole family. Rest assured that you’re in good hands, as the park is staffed with 24 lifeguards and shallow water attendants on duty at all times. Entry is $15 for non-Miami-Dade County residents, $12 for residents, $7 for children age 2-13 and free for infants.

Special City-Wide Memorial Day 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.

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