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Tampa Bay Memorial Day Activities 2014

Looking for what to do this Memorial Day weekend in the Tampa Bay area? There are tons of activities abound for everyone and every taste.

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Oldsmar Freedom Fest: Memorial Day festival with live music by area bands, food and craft vendors, children's activities, a bike show paying tribute to American heroes and a Memorial Day ceremony. They call it Memorial Day for a reason. It’s a time we set aside to remember those who have sacrificed so much through the years for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans today. The history traces back over 150 years to small towns and villages in both the north and south where those sacrifices were very personal to those communities. And so it continues today. For the six consecutive year the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is doing its part by hosting Freedom Fest right on State Street in Oldsmar. The three day event, May 23, 24 and 25 will feature live music from start to finish, plenty of food and arts and craft vendors and fun activities for the kids. Hours will be 5 to 10 pm on Friday May 23, 12 to 10 pm on Saturday May 24 and concluding Sunday May 25 between the hours of 12 and 8pm The big tent will be back to supplement the shade of the beautiful oaks and provide more seating to enjoy the great music. Price is FREE. More info here.

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA POPS: A STARS AND STRIPES HIT PARADE; Friday, May 23, 2014 8:00pm at the Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MACINNES PLACE, TAMPA, FL 33602

Bob Bernhardt conducts a Memorial Day salute of marches and Americana favorites. It’s a Memorial Day weekend of overtures, marches and American classics, including an Armed Forces Salute, selections from Oklahoma!, Washington Post March , I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, Copland’sHoedown, and John Williams’ The Olympic Spirit, The Cowboys Overture and “Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan. Bob Bernhardt conducts.

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Tampa - STRAZ Buy Tickets

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM
St. Petersburg - MAH Buy Tickets

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Clearwater - REH Buy Tickets Phone: Toll-free 1-800-662-7286. More information here.

Shepard's Beach Resort Memorial Day Weekend; The beachfront party place is bringing in rapper, B.o.B., and pop-rock bands, Rixton and Hot Chelle Rae to headline their four-day Memorial Weekend concert. The music will kick-off Friday with the Pearl Jam tribute band, Ten, followed by B.o.B, All the Answers and Orange Avenue on Saturday, Hot Chelle Rae, Rixton, DJ Skribble, Goshfather & Jinco and more on Sunday and DJs Nova, Arock, Deville and ku on Monday. Price: $30 weekend passes. Phone: (727) 442-5107.

Margarita Festival! Located at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Dr., Downtown Tampa. If you are an active member of our Armed Forces, you get FREE General Admission Tickets (Proper ID Required), GA Advance - $15 (until May 24) | GA At The Door - $20 (if available). VIP Experience Advance - $85 | VIP Experience At the Door - $100 (if available). More info here.

Memorial Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium: Throughout the weekend all active duty, retired or drilling reservist or National Guard members can get two free tickets to the aquarium. Additional family members (up to 4 people) can receive $10 admission.May 24-26, 2014. Spend your Memorial Day Weekend at the aquarium and see over 20,000 sea creatures! Any active duty, veteran, retired or drilling reservist or National Guardsman is entitled to two free Florida Aquarium admission tickets for themselves and a guest. Additional family members (up to 4 people) can receive $10 admission. Veterans can also enjoy a special Memorial Day meal for $5.00 that includes:

Choice of hamburger or hotdog
French fries
fountain drink

*Must present military id. at Florida Aquarium ticket booth. More info here.

Make sure to check out the TampaBay.com for lots more info and other Memorial Day weekend activities here.