Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and gives people the opportunity to get outside and enjoy fun activities with family. It's also is an important day to recognize the sacrifices made by those who have served in the U.S. military. 

Sarasota offers plenty of opportunities to pay respect to the holiday while also enjoying a relaxing day away from the office. Here are some of the top activities going on in Sarasota on Memorial Day:

Veterans' Monument Park Memorial Day Ceremony

Paying respect to the brave people who have served our country is a great way to spend Memorial Day. The Manatee County Veterans' Council is hosting their 2018 Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans' Monument Park beginning at 9 a.m. 

Brigadier General Richard Blunt will serve as keynote speaker for the ceremony. There will also be several Veterans organizations on hand to lay wreaths for people who lost their lives serving our country.

Sarasota Memorial Day Parade

The Sarasota Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. from the cross-section of Osprey and Main. This year's theme is "All Gave Some, Some Gave All," and there will be performances from the Sarasota Military Academy and Omaha, Nebraska's Blair High School.

Several local organizations and veterans groups will also march in the parade, and organizers are also hoping for an Air Force flyover at the start of the parade. 

Philippi Estate Park Memorial Day Concert

Later in the day, a Memorial Day Concert will take place in Phillippi Estate Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Sarasota Concert Band will perform, and the park should be a great setting for a leisurely late afternoon activity with the family. 

People are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and coolers out to picnic in the park while listening to the band. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children 12 and under get in for free. 

Yoga on Siesta Beach

The beach is a popular destination on Memorial Day, and Siesta Key Beach has a regularly-scheduled activity that'll fit perfectly into your holiday plans. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, free yoga classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.!

The classes are held between the green and red lifeguard stand. Donations are welcome, and attendees are asked to bring a towel or mat and drinking water. 

Related content: Siesta Key Beach Named #2 Beach in the U.S. by TripAdvisor

Sarasota Succulent Society Garden Mother's Day Tour

The Sarasota Succulent Society has a beautiful one-acre private botanical garden that they only open four times a year, and the public will be welcomed into the garden during their Memorial Day Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The garden features a bevy of tropical plants as well as relaxing ponds and waterfalls. The Succulent Society will also have a special program at 11 a.m. to educate attendees about a particular area of plant life. 

Whatever you choose to do on Memorial Day in Sarasota, make it an occasion to spend quality time with family and remember our courageous military members.

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