Memorial Day 2022 in Pinellas County: Planned Events

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – Not to be confused with Veterans Day, a federal holiday that occurs November 11 to honor all veterans of the United States Armed Forces, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans celebrate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials , organizing family reunions and participating in parades. Unofficially, this marks the start of summer.

City of Largo

Largo will celebrate the day on May 30 with live music and the presentation of the colors by the Largo Fire and Police Department Honor Guard at 9 a.m. at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.

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Largo Police Officer Robert Farias will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

For more information, call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.

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Curlew Hills Memory Garden

Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, will host its 34th annual Memorial Day service Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The service will include a presentation of the colors, the singing of the national anthem by retired USAF Technical Sgt. Sonya Bryson-Kirksey, who regularly sang the national anthem at Tampa Bay Lightning games, and music for the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church choir. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Jerry Custin will serve as master of ceremonies for this service.

The speaker will be Jess Loban, who served in the United States Air Force as a member of the AMOG Expeditionary Mobility Task Force and as a fire director and military police soldier in the Army.

Loban then returned to Colorado to serve as director of operations for the Air Operations Center Weapon System Integrator program, managing the configuration and operations of all F22 AOCs with SAIC for the United States Air Force.

After leaving SAIC, Loban was responsible for configuring the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System and was selected as the Microgravity Project Manager on the International Space Station team for the Combustion Integral Rack and the Fluids Integral Rack for NASA at the Glenn Research Center.

Loban is the founder and CEO of Spartan Corp, and has assembled a diverse team of veterans who have come together to combine their skills and experience to include space, cybersecurity, human and drug trafficking interdiction and advanced technologies.

Over 300 people are expected, so a large LED screen will be placed above the stage, so that all guests can view the event adequately.

Refreshments will follow the free event.

Contact Curlew Hills at 727-789-2000.

James Museum

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, will honor veterans, active military, Gold Star and Blue Star families with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Memorial Day Ceremony and Dinner

VFW Post 2550, 360 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, will hold a ceremony to remember and honor those who have died in the service of the country on Monday at 2 p.m., followed by a pulled pork dinner with music from DJ Chris and Alice. Bring a dish to share. There are no entrance fees.

Caddy is in Gulfport

Shopping cart at Gulfport, 3128 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, will celebrate Memorial Day on Sunday with a DJ at 11:30 a.m., a corn hole tournament with a $50 gift certificate to the winner at 3 p.m. and live music by the Foundation at 3 p.m. There are no entrance fees.

There will be camo t-shirt sales throughout the event to benefit the Bay Pines VA Health System.

Caddy is on treasure island

Caddy’s on the Beach, 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, will honor and remember those who served with a two-day party on Sunday featuring live music from Logan Grant and the Show Ponies at 4 p.m. and Stormbringer at 8 p.m. followed by Damien Ward on Monday at 1 p.m. and the Spazmatics at 3 p.m. on Monday.

There will also be face painting and balloon animals at 5 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday, as well as camo t-shirt sales throughout the event to benefit Honor Flight. There are no entrance fees.

Madeira Beach from Caddy

Caddy’s Madeira Beach, 14080 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach will remember and honor America’s dead with an all-day DJ jam session and BBQ on Sunday and live music with Logan Grant at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Orange County Choppers Roadhouse

The OCC Road House & Museum, 10575 49th St. N, Pinellas Park and Full Throttle Motorcycle are hosting a four-day celebration that continues Sunday and Monday with live performances with music from Scream Machine at 4 p.m.

Throughout Memorial Day weekend, the Full Throttle Motorcycle Expo will feature cash giveaways, games, contests, vendors (opening at 11 a.m.), live music and a bike show showcasing a collection unique motorcycles.

In addition to five hourly $100 cash giveaways, there will be a full lineup of contests with hundreds of other cash prizes, including a Monday double-elimination cornhole tournament with a big cash prize. Practice begins at 6:30 p.m. and the official first pitch is at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the social division is $5 per person and the competition division is $10 per person.

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Postcard Inn

Postcard Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach will host a Memorial Day weekend celebration with the Music Bureau featuring guitarist Stephano Aviles and DJs JT Radio, Lira, Matt Dodge and Skeelow from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday.

Remembrance Day Skating

Dress in red, white and blue for free skating until 5 p.m. and free hot dogs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Memorial Day at Astro Skate Pinellas Park, 10001 66th St. N.

Cost is $7 with skate rental extra.

Remembrance Day Block Party

Toasted Monkey Beach Bar and Sports Grill, 6100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, will host a giant outdoor party with drinks, food and music by 10N Monday at 2 p.m. There are no cover charges.

Memorial Day Beach Cleanup

Meet Keep Pinellas Beautiful at the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce booth in front of the Gulf Coast Laundry, 119 107th Ave., Treasure Island, to pick up your cleaning supplies, loot, parking pass and instructions to help clean the beach.

Once there, head over to the Treasure Island Adopt-a-Beach Facebook page and post a selfie of yourself picking up trash on Monday from 6-8 p.m.


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