Memorial Day on 30A

If you’re spending Memorial Day on 30A, you’re in for a special treat. There are plenty of fun options for the family. Whether you’re looking to get patriotic with a fireworks show or hoping to relax on the beach with a red, white, and blue picnic, we’ve got the full list of fun things to do on Memorial Day on 30A.

Learn more about Memorial Day events on 30A. From honoring veterans at the cemetery ceremony to live music and fireworks, discover things to do on Memorial Day weekend in Santa Rosa Beach, Destin and more.

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LoveToStay30A,
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May 17, 2021

If you’re spending Memorial Day on 30A, you’re in for a special treat. There are plenty of fun options for the family. Whether you’re looking to get patriotic with a fireworks show or hoping to relax on the beach with a red, white, and blue picnic, we’ve got the full list of fun things to do on Memorial Day on 30A.

1. Baytowne Wharf Memorial Day Celebration

The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts an awesome FREE Memorial Day Celebration all weekend long. Saturday, May 29th from 7-9pm and Sunday from 6-9pm, enjoy live music from Forrest Williams Band (Saturday) and Jarred and the High Aces (Sunday). On Sunday, enjoy activities for the kids and a 9pm fireworks show.

2. BBQ at Home

There’s nothing more summer and Memorial Day than a backyard BBQ. If you’re visiting 30A and staying at one of our Love to Stay 30A vacation rental homes, many of them have an outdoor BBQ grill and al fresco dining. A home away from home Memorial Day party is such a fun way to ring in the summer on your 30A vacay. Plus shopping and cooking the food from your vacation rental home is a budget-friendly way to feed a crowd! No need to tip the server and the restaurant never closes so you can stay as long as you like.

3. Beach Picnic

If you’re visiting 30A, you know the #1 place to be is the beach. While Memorial Day weekend promises to be a busy one, bustling with tourists, if you’re the type that loves to be in the middle of the action, consider a beach picnic. Bring a cooler, a big towel and beach chairs, plenty of sunscreen, a ball to throw around and whatever else you need to spend the afternoon relaxing in the sunshine. If you’re staying with us, many of our Love to Stay 30A vacation rental homes include a beach wagon, umbrella and beach chairs to make your beach trip easier and more comfortable. Pack a lunch or pick up some tasty sandwiches and finger foods to enjoy. Or skip the heat and do a nighttime beach picnic. You’re sure to see some fireworks light up the sky!

4. HarborWalk Village

Sunday, May 30 from 7-9pm, kick off the summer with live music, fireworks and a silent disco party at HarborWalk Village in Destin, FL.

5. Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

Visit the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at The Chapel at Crosspoint in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. In conjunction with this year’s Memorial Day ceremony, Gulf Cemetery will sponsor The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall coming to Santa Rosa Beach throughout the Memorial Day Weekend 2021. The wall will be assembled on Thursday, May 27, 2021 and remain up through Monday, May 31, 2021 at The Chapel at Crosspoint. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be open to the public 24/7 through Memorial Day weekend, except for Sunday morning from the hours of 6am to 12pm to accommodate traffic flow and parking for Sunday services at the Chapel at Crosspoint. The wall will re-open to visitors on Sunday afternoon through Monday, May 31st. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall© is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end.

6. Memorial Day Service at Gulf Cemetery

Monday, May 31 at 10am at Gulf Cemetery in Santa Rosa Beach, attend the Memorial Day Ceremony. The approximately 150 veterans interred in the cemetery will be honored in a service that will include a keynote speech by Retired Air Force General, Philip Breedlove. The service will be a dignified, patriotic and respectful tribute to service men and woman. Children will be provided with American flags to place on each of the veterans’ gravesites. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be conducted at the Chapel at High Point, located across  SR 393 from the cemetery. The public is welcome to attend.

7. Live Music

There are multiple opportunities to enjoy live music on Memorial Day weekend on 30A. Check out some of our local bands at some of the best restaurants and bars in Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, Seaside and more. Here are some of the live music events going on Memorial Day weekend:

· Monday, May 31st from 5-8pm visit North Beach Social in Santa Rosa Beach to jam out to The Rhino Jockeys and dig into delicious eats and enjoy a cold drink. Guests order from the counter and bar and enjoy beach games, toys and seating in a laid back atmosphere.

· Monday, May 31st from 5:30-9:30pm visit one of our favorite local restaurants, Pescado. The Courtyard at Pescado will have live music and cocktails all evening. The event is open to the public with complimentary admission, ages 18+. Pescado has delicious tapas or small dishes, perfect for sharing, mixing and matching and enjoying with a group. Their full service bar boasts premium spirits and exclusive wines. Seating is first come, first serve.

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