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Memorial Day in Miami

For the first time... Miami Beach Air & Sea Show

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Memorial Day Weekend in Miami 2017
A National Salute to America's Heroes
An Exciting Air and Sea Show, A Music Explosion And Stunning Fireworks

Memorial Day Miami

Memorial Day is a public holiday celebrated every year on the last Monday in May in honor of the men and women who have died while serving our country.

On this day, ceremonies to honor the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives to protect the nation's freedoms will be held throughout South Florida.

This year it will be on Monday May 29, 2017.

Federal government offices are closed on Memorial Day.

  • Government Offices
  • Schools
  • Post Offices
  • Banks
  • Public Libraries
  • Shopping centers and malls
  • Grocery Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Federal, State, Regional Parks
  • Public Transportation

Memorial Day vs. Veteran's Day? Memorial Day honors those who have died while serving our country while Veteran's Day, celebrated on November 11, honors all those men and women who have served in the armed forces.

The 2017 Memorial Day weekend is a special one as it will be the kick-off to the National Salute to America's Heroes initiative, and some fantastic events are in store at this two-day event, including an exciting Air & Sea Show, live entertainment and stages at the Music Explosion, and colorful daytime fireworks displays.

But that's not all, Memorial Day ceremonies are held throughout Dade and Broward Counties, and with Memorial Day signaling the "unofficial" start of the summer vacation season, many of our local attractions will also be paying tribute to our heroes.

Here's what's happening this Memorial Day Weekend in Miami:

Memorial Day Weekend: Miami Beach Air & Sea Show and Music Explosion

There is no better time to pay tribute to our military, first responders and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country than Memorial Day Weekend, and in this spirit, a fantastic event to mark the kick-off of the National Salute to America's Heroes initiative will take place on our sandy shores with all five branches of the military represented: The Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines and the Coast Guard as well as our police, firefighters and first responder agencies.

When? Saturday and Sunday May 27 - 28, 2017

Where? Along the shores of Miami Beach, main event site and best viewing for the Air and Sea Show is between 11th and 15th Street.

Public viewing areas are from 1st to 10th streets and 15th to 23rd Streets. See event site map here.

There will be many designated Park and Ride locations in and around the City of Miami where you can leave your car and ride a free shuttle to the event. Do not try to park in Miami Beach this weekend!

How Much? FREE from the public viewing areas on the beach on the North and South ends of the main event site. Tickets available for hospitality chalets, family seating area, VIP clubs and hotels packages.

The Air & Sea Show:

Jets will be flying overhead as powerboats zip along the shore. This two-day spectacular event will feature civilian aerobatic acts, offshore powerboat racing demonstrations, extreme water sports and more, all on the beautiful shores of Miami Beach.

  • Sea Events including Waterski, wakeboard, jetski, stunt kite, hang gliders, hover boards and jet surf board demonstrations, offshore powerboat racing

  • U.S. Marine Corps Beach Invasion

  • Air Events including fly byes, precision exercises and demos including rescue demos, special ops, the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Squadron and many, many, MANY more.

When? Sea Events: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Air Events: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where? Along the beach, best viewing for the Air and Sea Show is between 11th and 15th Street.
The Air Show landing zone is between 13th and 15th Streets.

Watching from a boat: Allowed but observe the safety zone where No vessel or person will be permitted to enter without obtaining permission from the Captain of the Port Miami or a designated representative. The zone is to be enforced from 8:30 a.m. on May 26, 2017 through 5:00 p.m. on May 28, 2017 and consists of the 0.5 mile stretch of waters of the Atlantic Ocean from Collins Park to South Pointe.

Display Village:

This is where you can see our military technology up close and personal along with a variety of interactive displays, high tech demonstrations, plus merchandise and food vendors. There will be meet-and-greets with servicemen and women and many family-fun activities including kids yoga, themed arts and crafts, face painting, relay races, a dance-a-thon, themed bingo, team scavenger hunts and a letter writing station to servicemen and women.

When? 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where? Between 10th and 14th Streets
K.I.D.S. Fun Zone will be located between 12th and 13th Streets.

How Much? FREE

The Music Explosion:

Tracy Young will be the DJ & Music Mixer on the Music Explosion Stage. The USAF and US Army band will be performing live along with top musical and celebrity acts.

Where? Inside the Display Village. Stage is set up at the southern end of the event site between 11th and 12th Streets

The Fireworks:

This is a Daytime extravaganza, an array of colors and sparks will fill the skies of Miami Beach throughout the two-day celebration.

More on the Daytime Fireworks Demonstrations

More Info

Practical Tips

  • Plan ahead, get there early, have an exit plan
  • Ocean Drive will be closed to traffic, and a traffic loop will be in effect throughout the weekend Details here
  • Bring sun protection, beach chairs, water, cameras and phones
  • DO NOT bring glass and styrofoam, straws, drones, lasers, helium balloons
  • Know The Rules:

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Pay Homage to America's Heroes at Jungle Island

Jungle Island Memorial Day

On this day, all Veterans receive free admission into the park and a special offer of 50% off up to four family members.

A valid military I.D. must be presented at time of ticket purchase.

When? May 29, 2017 - Park open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where? Jungle Island

How Much? General admission: Adults $39.95, Children (3-10) $32.95 Plus tax. Parking $10

More Info: Memorial Day at Jungle Island

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PAMM Memorial Day BBQ

PAMM Memorial Day

Perez Art Museum Miami honors our heroes with a special Memorial Day BarBQue and Celebration on the terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay.

There will be live music and barbecue specials on the terrace, as well as a special appearance by Coast Guard Air Station Miami. Admission is free for all active duty military personnel, veterans and their families.

When? Museum opens at 10:00 am, Memorial Day celebration from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where? Perez Art Museum at 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

How Much? Included with Museum Admission: Adults $16, Children and Youth (7-18) $12, Seniors +62 $12. Free for PAMM members. BarBQ specials and beer and wine available for purchase and not included in admission.

More Info: Memorial Day BBQ at PAMM

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Flamingo Gardens Memorial Day KidzFest "Lost World" Opening Weekend

Flamingo Gardens Kidz Fest

KidzFest is a great day for kids presented by Nicklaus Children's Hospital Broward Outpatient Centers. The annual festival features complimentary pony rides (10am to 4pm), butterfly encounter, animal presentations, kids games and activitities, arts and crafts, bounce house, music and live entertainment, plus a few surprises!

This year's Memorial Day weekend will feature the opening of "Lost World", for all Dinosaur lovers out there!

When? May 27 - 29, 2017 - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where? Flamingo Gardens at 3750 South Flamingo Road, Davie, FL 33330

How Much? Adults $19.95 Children (3 - 11) $12.95
Discounts for Seniors, Armed Services, College Students.
Narrated Tram Tour is included with admission.

More Info and tickets: Memorial Day KidzFest at Flamingo Gardens

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Urban Beach Week

Urban Beach Week  Miami

Urban Beach Week which is also known as Black Beach Week started back in the 1990's as a small urban fashion show. It was actually called Urban Fashion Week in the beginning.

Since then, the event has gradually grown to this massive outdoor party event in South Beach over Memorial Day Weekend.

This is the ultimate beach party for the Hip Hop culture that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. Yes, that's right, hundreds of thousands over the long weekend.

What is it? This is not an officially sponsored event by the city, instead, it's a series of events... concerts, parties, pool parties, contests, fashion shows, celebrity pool parties... all organized by various private venues throughout South Beach, many just pop up and spread out on social media.

As you can expect, streets are overflowing and plenty of alcohol is consumed. Expect street closures and re-routed traffic patterns. Needless to say, this is NOT a family event. If you are heading over please act responsibly and observe the special regulations in effect as there will be zero tolerance for violations. This year certain items are banned on the beach including large flotation devices, coolers and tents and amplified music.

When? May 26 - 29, 2017

Where? South Beach

How Much? This is an outdoor event, no "admission" per se.

More Info:

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Memorial Day Weekend Concerts and Sports

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey - May 27, 2017 Postponed August 10, 2017

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey

When? Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

How Much? $46+

›› Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey

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The Marlins and the LA Angels at Marlins Ballpark on Memorial Day Weekend!

Miami Marlins schedule and tickets

Welcome LA Angels!

When? Friday - Sunday May 26 - 28, 2017

Where? Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way (NW 16th Avenue), Miami, Florida 33125

How Much? Individual game tickets can be had for as low as $11.

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Fun Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend

Here's a handful of fun things to do in Miami and check the offers at the bottom for some great discounts and limited-time offers.

Snorkeling The Reefs

Snorkeling in Miami

This is after all the "unofficial" start of the summer vacation season!

Waters should be beckoning, it's time to strap the mask and snorkel and head out to our colorful reefs!

The third largest coral reef in the world (after Australia's and Belize's) lays right at our doorstep.


Flyboarding at Oleta River State Park

The newest craze in watersports, this is something you just HAVE to try!

With the right instruction, (which we had and we tell you all about it) you can be up and flying in no time and it's a feeling like no other...

There are a few places in Miami where flyboarding is available as well as many operators that will come to you, just agree on a time and place, the ultimate in convenience, reservations are of course a must.

Cruising Around On A Segway

Riding Segways through South Beach

This has to be one of the funnest ways to sightsee. There are many tours that take you through the heart of the Art Deco District in South Beach, along South Pointe, the Miami Riverwalk... or simply rent a segway at one of the many outlets throughout the city and explore on your own!

New to Segwaying? (is that a verb?) No worries, friendly guides provide all the instruction and equipment for you to ramble through the popular spots safely and with confidence and make sure everyone has a good time.

Jetskiing in Miami: The rules have changed, if you were born after January 1, 1988, read this!

Jet Skiing at Bal Harbour Beach

There are new rules for operating Personal Watercrafts such as Jet Skis and Wave Runners. Per Florida law, anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 must take a boating test. Luckily, the courses can be taken online so anyone that needs to meet this requirement can do so before arriving in Miami.

Here's a list of approved Boating Safety Education courses. The online course offered at is free, others charge a small fee between $14.99 and $29.95.

And make sure you know the rules, there are a lot of no wake zones for the manatees as well as in the busy areas.

Private Sailing Charter For Up To Six

Your Own Private Sail Boat For A Fantastic Tour On Biscayne Bay

Private Sailing Tour Miami

Itineraries can be customized and you can choose to stop at an or visit "No Name Harbor" where calm waters makes it a great smooth sail. The choice is yours!

Refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages are included. You can bring your own champagne and meals or request a catered lunch/dinner for an extra fee.

Included is services of a professional photographer who will capture memories for you to bring home.

How Much? from $637 4-hour private sailing trip on the bay

When? Departures 10:00 am, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm

Where? Cruises depart from Dinner Key Marina

›› More Info and Booking Private Sailing Trip in Miami.

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Limited Time hot offers and half-price tickets

$41 VIP Club Access, Appetizers and Drinks
$41 for Ticket with VIP Club Access, Appetizers, and Drinks with World Crawl Miami (Reg. $90.67)
$22 - $24 Fire and Ice Bar
for Two
Fire and Ice Bar Miami Beach
Two Tickets to the Ice Bar & Use of Faux Fur Coat/Gloves
(Reg $34)
$35 Weekday Catamaran Cruise and Watersports
3-Hour Catamaran Cruise plus kayaks, paddleboards, watertoys... leaves from Bayside (Reg. $50)
$69 Jet-Ski Rentals for 30 minutes
Jet Ski Rentals for 30 minutes, options 60 min, Jetboat tour combo (Reg. $130)

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