TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Tampa Bay area has many events for you to honor and remember the many servicemen and servicewomen who have fought for our freedom.

Here’s a list of events happening in our area during the Memorial Day weekend: 

Hillsborough County


22nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Remembrance

When: May 26, 10 a.m. 

Where: 3602 Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida 33619

The event will take place at the Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral Leroy Collins Jr. Museum. The remembrance will include several speakers, color guard, rifle salute, solemn wreath ceremony and the playing of taps. Refreshments will follow. Bleacher seating will be available and lawn chairs are welcomed. 

American Legion U.S.S. Post 5 Memorial Day Service

When: May 27, 11 a.m.
Where: 3810 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33609

There will be refreshments served in the legion hall following the service. 

Florida Aquarium Honoring Our Heroes From Sea to Shining Sea

When: May 24 to May 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

Active duty members, veterans, retired or drilling reservists, and National Guardsmen get two free general admission tickets with a valid military ID. Up to four additional guests receive a 50 percent off special on general admission tickets. 

Pinellas County 

St. Petersburg 

Bay Pines National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony 

When: May 27, 10 a.m. 

Where: 10000 Bay Pines Blvd. North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708

Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery Memorial Day Service

When: May 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 5750 49th Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33709

The service will include a wreath-laying ceremony, remarks from servicemen and women, and a program dedicated to fallen heroes. A complimentary light lunch will be provided.  


Clearwater Music and Arts Festival 

When: May 25 to May 26

Where: 301 Drew Street, Clearwater, Florida 33755

The event will feature live music, visual arts displays, a kids zone, face painting and more. Admission is free.


Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony

When: May 27, 7 p.m.

Where: 101 Central Park Drive, Largo, Florida 33771

The ceremony will take place at Largo Central Park. There will be music, a keynote speaker and a special remembrance presentation. 

Polk County 

Haines City 

Republican Club of Greater East Polk County Memorial Day Picnic 

When: May 27, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 380 Patterson Road, Haines City, Florida 33844

Lake Wales

Memorial Day Carillon Concerts

When: May 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, Florida 33853

The Carillon Concerts are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free admission is offered to active, retired, honorably discharged and disabled veterans with a valid ID. 

Sarasota County


Sarasota National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony 

When: May 25, 10 a.m.

Where: 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, Florida 34241

Sarasota Memorial Day Parade

When: May 27, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Where: 1819 Main Street, Sarasota, Florida 34236

The parade will begin downtown and will travel down Main Street starting at Osprey Avenue. There will be a post-parade ceremony at J.D. Hamel Park on Gulf Stream Avenue. 


Venice Memorial Day Ceremony 

When: May 27, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: 800 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice, Florida 34285

The observance will take place in Patriots Park. All veterans and the public are welcomed. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs. 

Sumter County


Florida National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

When: May 27, 11 a.m.

Where: 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, Florida 33513

If you know of any events not on this list, please email online@wfla.com.