Manatee County to Observe Memorial Day

Manatee County to Observe Memorial Day
Posted on 05/21/2024
Various American flags stuck in the groundMANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 21, 2024) – Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2024, to commemorate Memorial Day.

“We acknowledge the significance of ceremonies held to honor all Veterans who have laid down their lives in defense of freedom,” said Manatee County At-Large Commissioner Jason Bearden. “We realize the cost of freedom… it’s not free.”

Manatee County Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27. All trash, recycling and yard waste collections for the week will be postponed one day, from Tuesday through Saturday, for residents in unincorporated Manatee. The Lena Road Landfill will be closed on Monday, May 27. There will be no Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) fixed route or Handy Bus service May 27. The Anna Maria Island Trolley will operate normal daily routes, and the Manatee Avenue Beach Express will operate on a holiday schedule.

Manatee County parks and beaches will be open to the public. Manatee County and Buffalo Creek Golf Courses will be open. G.T. Bray Recreation Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Walton Racquet Center will be closed, and all check-ins will occur at the main building. Manatee County’s nature preserves will remain open.

Citizens are encouraged to take part in area Memorial Day observances, which include the following:

  • 9th Annual Flags for Fallen Vets at Sarasota National Cemetery: Pre-register at for this event taking place Saturday, May 25, 7:30 a.m., 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, as volunteer slots and parking spaces are limited. Meet up is the POW/MIA flagpole, where instructions will be provided. Volunteers will receive a bundle of at least 20 flags to place for the over 35,000 people interred at Sarasota National Cemetery.
  • Annual Memorial Day Event at Sarasota National Cemetery: Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m., Patriot Plaza, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota. No registration is necessary. More Information
  • Tribute to Heroes Block Party and Parade on Lakewood Ranch Main Street: Sunday, May 26, 5 to 8 p.m. This annual live parade features local bands and choir groups, drum lines and dance teams, floats, food, drinks and live entertainment. All event Proceeds Benefit The Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters and VFW Post 12055. Block party starts at 5 p.m.; parade starts at 6:30 p.m. More Information
  • Bradenton’s Annual Memorial Day Service: Monday, May 27, 9 a.m., Donald L. Courtney Veterans Park (at Riverwalk, behind Manatee Memorial Hospital). Hosted by the Manatee County Veterans Council. Guest Speaker will be Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover-Bryant. All are encouraged to attend to recognize our Veterans who all gave some and some who gave all that we may live in freedom.
  • Memorial Day Patriotic Symphony Salute With the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra: Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Anna Maria City Pier, 100 N. Bay Blvd. An annual Memorial Day Observance and Concert. The 90-minute program is free to attend and includes a flag presentation by the U.S. Marine Corps. Free refreshments provided.
  • National Moment of Remembrance: Monday, May 27, 3 p.m.. This annual event asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time, to pause for one minute to remember those who have died in military service for the United States. TAPS Across America encourages all who are interested to play TAPS during this time.
  • Flag Removal and Retirement: Saturday, June 1, 8:30 a.m., Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota. No registration needed.