Memorial weekend is traditionally the kick off to summer vacationing, this means Beach time. Whether you pack a picnic, eat from the amazing beach cafes or bring food to grill, your best bets are Coquina beach, Manatee Public Beach with live entertainment daily, and The Bayfront park on the North side of Anna Maria Island. Each of these park,beaches has shaded picnic area, bathroom facilities and public charcoal grills available. Easy access by free Trolley, as parking may go quickly on the Holiday weekend. Weather forecast is high eighties so remember to wear sunscreen, hats and Hydrate often.(Public beaches sell sunscreen and beach gear as well as rent umbrellas)
Enjoy your family and teach them about the significance of why we honor those men and women who served our country and fought for our freedom.
We salute all of our Veterans, in active duty, served previously and the families who mourn the fallen soldiers. Thanks your for your sacrifice and we hope and pray that all of you have a Happy Memorial Day. For other activites check the list below.
Anna Maria Island and Bradenton areas:
Lakewood Ranch Tribute to Heroes Parade and Block Party , Sunday May 27, 6 -8pm at 8100 Lakewood Main street, the parade at 7, and the block party continues till 8 pm. Food, drink, local bands and choir groups, drum lines and dance teams, floats, decorated bike and wagon contest, children’s zone and live entertainment to celebrate your holiday in old fashioned style. Get Directions call 941-757-1530
Memorial Day Brass concert~ The Memorial Day concert is the granddaddy of them all. The show includes: The First Brass, The Jacobites, RHS Highland Dancers, vocalist Sharon Scott and perhaps a surprise local celebrity or two. The flags will be flying high and the patriotic music will stir your soul as we remember those who gave all. Two performances: Palma Sola Presbyterian and St. James Methodist. Ticket info
The Freckled Fin is offering live Music every night of the weekend. Saturday with Reggae, Sunday will be Rockin, and MondayThe Bryne Brothers Live Memorial Day at 5337 Gulf Drive North, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 (941) 251-3930
Events in Sarasota and Siesta Key include:
A celebration and tribute to honor our soldiers begins at 9:45 a.m. Free admission. Patriot’s Plaza, Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL. Patriotic music by the Sun Coast Wind Ensemble and Lieutenant General Thomas Montgomery is scheduled to be the Guest Speaker. Ceremonies will begin promptly at 10 a.m
OS festival of music, with family friendly activities, Music, Pig Roast, Face Painting, games, and more.
It’s the Venice Brew Bash~ Back by Popular demand with over 60 Craft beers to choose from. Music, food and local brews. Buy as you go or purchase tickets for tasting at Centennial Park located at 200 W Venice Ave Check details here.
Tampa/ Clearwater area:
Rays Baseball at Tropicana Field~With home games from May 2 -27, all games start at 7:10 pm. The first 3 days VS the Red Sox and the last 3 days VS the Orioles. Sunday is Family fun day with lots of entertaining activities for the kids. Check the site for more specials.
Raymond James Stadium ~Tampa’s premier dance music event returns to Raymond James Stadium for its annual two-day festival featuring world renowned talent, top-notch production, and high quality sound. Find out more including tickets, and times .
Family time, picnics and Barbecues are part of the summer fun on the Florida Gulf Coast. Plan ahead, as good weather brings big crowds by land and waterfront. Make sure the public beaches have grilling areas if you plan a beach picnic.
If you are renting a home on the Island we suggest that you call ahead to rent beach gear. We have teamed up with Fun and More rentals, just behind our office, that serves all guests to Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. They are proud to offer FREE Delivery, FREE Pick up and Free setup to your vacation home. For your convenience – let them come to you
Items to rent include:Bikes – Comfy beach cruisers, tandems, and children’s bikes for all ages including trailers. Baby equipment. We everything a family would need: cribs, highchairs, joggers, pack n plays. Kayak – Singles, Tandems. We will deliver where ever you like for free. Beach rentals – wagons, chairs, umbrellas, coolers www.FunandMoreRentals.com 941-462-2719
All of your picnic needs, for a family cookout, can be found at Publix. But don’t discount the amazing local eateries. You are on vacation.
Happy Memorial Day. We honor and remember all who have served and passed. God Bless all of those who have lost someone dear.