Memorial Day on Marco Island is bitter sweet! People from all over come to enjoy their three-day mini vacation by spending time eating, drinking, and of course relaxing on our beautiful South West gulf beaches. While lounging on the beach is always an excellent idea, let’s not forgot why we celebrate this great National Holiday.
Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day? This holiday dates back to the Civil War and began from a desire to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. In 1971 Congress officially passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which states that Memorial Day is to be observed on the last Monday of May. It’s a day of patriotism, remembrance, and gratitude to all the men and women who have sacrificed and served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We thank you!
If you’re wondering how Marco Island celebrates and honors our Armed Forces this Memorial Day then keep on reading!
Island Rocks Concert Series
Date: Saturday May 27, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Location: Veteran’s Community Park – 901 Park Ave, Marco Island
Cost: Free Admission
Island Rocks is part of a popular concert series hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. All are welcome to attend this family-friendly event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Sorry but no coolers will be allowed.
The concert kicks off at 4:30p.m. with the presentation of the colors. Four Color Guard members will present our flag to the audience followed by the singing of the national anthem.
At 5p.m. singer, keyboardist, and guitarist, Sarah Hadeka will take to the stage. Country ensemble and local favorite, The Ben Allen Band will perform from 7p.m. to 9p.m., closing out the concert. The Ben Allen Band has long been a country powerhouse in the Southwest Florida area. They’re high energy and a whole lot of fun. You won’t want to miss their performance!
Insider’s In-The-Know: The concert takes place on an open field, so there is limited shade. You may want to bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Just remember to bring your own lawn/beach chair, as there is no provided seating.
For those that never heard of the Ben Allen Band, here is a preview.
Local Color Art Gallery
Date: Sunday May 28, 2017
Time: 2p.m. to 8p.m.
Location: Shops of Old Marco- 258 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island
The Local Color Art Gallery is located in the Shops of Old Marco and is a must-see attraction. Stop by to see local artist Malenda Trick as she opens her gallery to the public. They’ll be art for sale, music and prizes!
While you’re there make sure to check out what the Shops of Old Marco has to offer by stopping by some of their many boutiques and eateries. I recommend eating at Lee Be Fish, which offers different locally caught fish every day. If you’re in the mood for some café-inspired French cuisine stop by Petit Soleil and eat outside in their canopied patio. Petit Soleil closes at 2p.m. so if you want to eat there you should go early. If you just want some retail therapy, check out Island Style Clothing & Accessories for some cute beachy attire or Bijoux for bath and body products!
The Shops of Old Marco are colorful and authentic. It’s a great outdoor space to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Date: Monday, May 29, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 12p.m.
Location: Veterans Community Park – 901 Park Ave, Marco island
The ceremony uses spoken word and music to honor the fallen men and women of our Armed Forces. All are are invited to attend this moving event. Again, remember to bring your own lawn chairs and sunscreen!
After the ceremony make sure to visit the Freedom Fountain memorial, which is the centerpiece to Veterans Park. The fountain was built in 2014 and stands at an impressive 10-feet-tall. At the top of the fountain sits a 9-foot American eagle ready to take flight. It’s an awe-inspiring memorial that is an absolute must-see.
Insider’s In-The-Know: This Memorial day Pinchers is “serving those that served” and free admission at Rookery Bay with valid military I.D..
Thank you again to all that served and sacrificed…. Marco Island Beach Getaway.