Next week’s Memorial Day holiday will once again offer an abundance of good food and good times around the Tampa Bay area. But of course, we won’t overlook the real purpose of the holiday, which is to remember the sacrifices that our service men and women have made for us. In fact, the origins of Memorial Day go all the way back to the Civil War when it was originally called Decoration Day, established to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed this in 1868 but it wasn’t fully recognized by all northern states until 1890. Initially, the Southern states refused to acknowledge the day, preferring to pay respects to their dead on separate days. After World War I, the holiday expanded its scope beyond the Civil War and became a day to remember all Americans who fought in any war.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate next week, here is a sampling of events for you to try:
Tampa Bay Margarita Festival featuring Blues Traveler: Saturday, May 28th
The 4th Annual Tampa Bay Margarita Festival is back and saltier than ever in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Over “21-ers” can choose from an assortment of 40+ margarita flavors while listening to the festive sounds of the band Blues Traveler. Plenty of delicious food options to indulge in too! Visit www.tampamargaritafest.com for ticket and festival information. All the fun begins at 1pm. But of course, please drink responsibly.
Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium: Saturday, May 28th
Once again the Sunset Music Festival returns to Raymond James this Memorial Day weekend. To see the DJ line-up and get ticket info, visit www.smftampa.com . There’s even an app to follow the fun. Just like last year, this will be an epic two-day electronic dance party beginning Saturday May 28th; gates open at 2pm.
Cheer for Tampa Bay! Bring the family and cheer for your team. The Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees at home over the Memorial Day weekend with games on Friday, 5/27th, Saturday, 5/28th and Sunday, 5/29th. Support our Tampa Bay Lightning hockey champs as they get one step closer to the Stanley Cup!! Click here for tickets and scheduling.