Memorial Day: Solemn services and summer season shindigs

Special to The Log
Destin harbor and The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be your backdrops for Memorial Day weekend fireworks.

Music/fireworks at HarborWalk Village

Kick-off summer May 24-26 with free concerts, kid's activities, street performers, and a fireworks finale at 9 p.m. May 26 over the harbor. Performers include Departure: The Journey Tribute Band on May 24 and 25 and Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses on May 26. The event is free. Call 424-0600.

Gulf Place

Memorial Day Friday Fun on the Gulf Place Green May 24 will feature live music from The Whiskey Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be plenty of food and fun with artists and vendors from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Interested artists & vendors should contact

Have a blast at Baytowne

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of summer from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 25-27 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

Enjoy bands on the Events Plaza each night. Children’s activities will be featured in the Events Plaza on Sunday night, and then sky will light up above the lagoon with a patriotic fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. On Monday, the Village will host a Memorial Day program right before sunset, presented by Sandestin veterans and including a brass band performance by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Kick-Off Summer Concert at Rosemary

The kick off summer concert features St. Paul and the Broken Bones at 8 p.m. May 26 on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach.

Sinfonia Goes Pops at Alys Beach

Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast from 7:30-9 p.m. May 26 at the Amphitheatre in Alys Beach. Piper's will offer food and beverages.

Ceremony in Destin

American Legion Post 296 in Destin will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. May 27 at Destin Memorial Cemetery. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at 12:30 p.m. at 311 Main Street.

Service in South Walton

A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. May 27 at Gulf Cemetery in Santa Rosa Beach.