Memorial Day

Honoring Our Heroes & Kicking Off Summer

As Memorial Day approaches, it's important to remember and honor the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. Observed on the last Monday of May, this day reminds us of the sacrifices made by our American military heroes.

But Memorial Day is also a time for celebration and the official start of summer, with warmer weather and the end of the school year. What better way to kick off the season than with a trip to Greater Fort Lauderdale?

Our vibrant and sunny region is the perfect destination for those looking to make the most of the annual three-day weekend. Whether you're gathering with family and friends or just looking for a fun getaway, there’s something for everyone under the sun here.

For the Outdoorsy Type

Lauderdale By The Sea (LBTS)

Fort Lauderdale is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts to spend Memorial Day Weekend, with endless opportunities for adventure no matter where you are in the city. In the heart of Fort Lauderdale, you and your family can try your hand at various watersports, including paddle boarding, fishing, or jet skiing. Experience the thrill of speeding across the water or cast a line and reel in the day’s catch. There's never a dull moment when you're enjoying the sunshine and scenery of this vibrant city.

For those looking for beachfront fun, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is the perfect destination. With various outdoor activities, including snorkeling and scuba diving, you'll have the chance to explore the underwater world and discover the beauty of the sea. After a day of adventure, indulge in beachfront dining and shopping.

In Hollywood Beach, take a stroll or bike down the scenic coastline on the iconic Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, lined with shops, hotels, and restaurants. Treat yourself to some delicious sweets and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of this charming beach town. You can take it easy in Dania Beach with a relaxing stroll on their picturesque pier.   

If relaxing by the pool is more your vibe, sip, tan, and dance the day away across various fun spots. Fort Lauderdale’s The Easton provides plenty of fun in the sun with poolside DJ sets, sweeping views, and unique cocktails. A stay at a local hotel or resort, like Bahia Mar, is also a great way to enjoy a refreshing dip.

No matter what your outdoor interests are, Greater Fort Lauderdale has something for everyone.

For the Beer Aficionados

Pompano Beach Brewing

Celebrate Memorial Day in Greater Fort Lauderdale by exploring the city's vibrant beer scene with the Visit Lauderdale Ale Trail Passport. This free mobile pass provides access to more than 15 breweries and distilleries that are popular among locals. 

Whether you’re into hoppy IPAs, flavorful ales, or fruity sours, you’ll find the craft beer for you. 

If you want to keep the party going, indulge in a brew or two on a Cycle Party pub crawl, at an axe-throwing lounge, or on a pontoon party boat rental!

For the Foodies

B Square Burgers + Booze

When you think of classic American fare, we bet burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream sundaes come to mind. Several Greater Fort Lauderdale eateries deliver on all fronts. 

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant has been a Dania Beach staple since 1956 and is known for slinging mile-long hot dogs, half-pound burgers, and massive sundaes, like their infamous The Original Kitchen Sink®. B Square Burgers & Booze on Las Olas and BRGR Stop (with locations in Fort Lauderdale and Coconut Creek) serve juicy burgers and creamy milkshakes. Batch Southern Kitchen & Tap features scratch-cooked, locally sourced southern fare and garden-to-glass cocktails.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, pop over to Cleveland’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Miramar for delicious homemade flavors. Those over 21 can take their taste buds on a wild ride at Spiked Rich Nitrogen Ice Cream in Davie, a steampunk-themed shop where guests can customize their own boozy creations.


For Everyone Under the Sun

Join us in honoring our fallen soldiers on Monday, May 29, at any of these Memorial Day ceremonies/services throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale:

Memorial Day Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale

Where: Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery

When: 9 a.m.


Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Where: MacNab Park 

When: 10 a.m.


Memorial Day Ceremony in Coral Springs

Where: Veterans Park

When: 9 a.m.


Memorial Day Parade & Service in Davie

Bergeron Rodeo Grounds

When: 10:30 a.m. (parade); 11 a.m. (service)


Great American Beach Party | Fort Lauderdale, FL Parks & Rec

Where:  Las Olas Oceanside Park

When:  Saturday, May 25th  11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.



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