Happy Memorial Day weekend! As the unofficial kick off to the summer, this weekend is full of cookouts, beach trips, and family fun for everyone! We do not, however, want to lose track of what this weekend commemorates: the memory of the military service members killed in action. Let's all take some time this weekend, amidst the sunshine and barbecues, to take a few moments to express our gratitude for those killed in defense of our country. We would not have the opportunities and freedom we have today without their sacrifice.
Here are a few things to do for Memorial Day weekend in Lakeland and central Florida:
While you're out and about tomorrow night, stop by 801 E. Main in Lakeland for the Indie Flea Pop Up event! From 5-9, you can stop by and browse a maker's fair. Vendors selling handmade and vintage crafts and goods will be set up in the awesome space! Grab a cold brew coffee or 801 E. Main's summertime signature drink, a watermelon Fresca, and a beignet and enjoy the Indie Flea fair!
Celebrate the start of summer in true Florida style - head to the beach! In fact, you can go to the BEST beach in the USA! Dr. Stephen Leatherman, Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at FIU, has been ranking beaches for nearly 30 years. This year, he put Siesta Beach just southwest of Sarasota in the #1 spot on his list, edging out beaches in California, Hawaii, and US territories. Siesta Beach's fine quartz sand, convenient development, and family environment gave it the boost from runner-up last year to first place this year. Have you been to this awesome Florida beach yet?
Attend the annual Memorial Day service at Calvary Baptist starting at 10:45. Every year, the church honors the service and commitment of military veterans. This year, they are specifically honoring three fallen service members, two from Vietnam and one from Afghanistan. Vietnam veteran Ret. Army Col. Al Cartwright will be the guest speaker for the day.