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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of Summer, but it is also so much more than that. It is a uniquely American holiday that is observed every year on the last Monday in May. It’s not the only patriotic federal holiday, but unlike the Fourth of July and Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day is typically a bit more subdued, because it specifically honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military – who gave their lives in service to our great country. Here are some ways to honor those who sacrificed everything. This is a list of 5 Memorial Day events in Tampa, that doesn’t include spending the day at the crowded beach.

Memorial Day, first known as “Decoration Day”, originated in the years following the Civil War, and it initially only honored the Civil War dead, but over time it came to recognize all of our fallen soldiers, sailors and Marines who died subsequently in the World Wars and beyond. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971.

42.3 million Americans will be hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend, up 7% from last year. Locally, the beaches will be packed, and so will the roads leading to them. If you want to avoid the hassles of traveling, and the headaches of fighting crowds, there are plenty of ways to make good use of your extended weekend right here at home. Just don’t forget why you have a day off.

  • Bok Tower Gardens

    While peak bloom season has passed, there are still beautiful pathways to explore and colorful flora to experience. Learn more here

  • St. Pete Pier

    Day or night, young or old, there’s plenty to see and do at the St. Pete Pier.  Check it out here.

     

  • The Florida Aquarium

    To show appreciation to their service to our country, the Florida Aquarium is offering a Memorial Day Weekend offer to military service members in the form of a free admission ticket with the purchase of another ticket.

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  • Pirate Water Taxi

    Even if you live in Tampa, you’ll feel like a tourist when you board the Pirate Water Taxi departing from the Tampa Convention Center.  In honor of Memorial Day, military members can ride free this weekend with the purchase of a regular ticket for a friend or family member.

     

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  • American Legion "USS Tampa" Post 5

    Two different services will be held Sunday night and Monday morning to commemorate our fallen.  Take your kids to show them what Memorial Day is all about.  Details here.

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