Memorial Day: Solemn services and summer season shindigs

Special to The Log

The unofficial start of the summer season means plenty of tourists, music, fireworks and Memorial Day tributes to fallen heroes. Here is some of what’s going on around town.

Memorial Day Celebration

Kick-off summer May 25-26 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 25 and Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses on May 26. The event is free. Call 424-0600.

Memorial Day 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.

Silver Sands

Silver Sands Premium Outlets hosts its annual Memorial Day Weekend Sale from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 24-27. Silver Sands Premium Outlets is home to 110 stores including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, DKNY, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and more.


Memorial Day Cruise Celebrate Memorial Day with a dolphins, sunset and fireworks cruise from 7-9:30 p.m. May 26 at SunQuest Cruises in Baytowne Marina in Sandestin.

Make reservations at 424-6465.

Kick-Off Summer Concert

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

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 at Gulf Cemetery

A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. May 27 at Gulf Cemetery in Santa Rosa Beach. The ceremony takes place at the historical grounds located on County Road 393, which is located north of Gulf Place at Scenic Highway 30A.

Memorial Day Celebration

Gum Creek Cemetery will host its 18th annual Memorial Day Remembrance and Celebration beginning at 8 a.m. May 27 in DeFuniak Springs to recognize and celebrate the lives of those lost in battle, as well as our active and retired service men and women. The guest speaker will be Ron Hargrove from the WWII Military Vehicle Federation Museum.