How to Observe Memorial Day the Right Way this Year

May 23, 2019 | Community|Food

Holiday weekends like this one are bitter-sweet. The little ones have the school day off, your work week is a bit shorter and the beach is just calling your name. On the other hand, it’s a time to honor the brave men and women who died for our great country. At its core, Memorial Day is a time to celebrate our freedom thanks to the sacrifices of incredible Americans. We can’t think of a better place to commemorate the holiday than Jacksonville, and here’s why:

Sunny Concert and Picnic in the Park

The City of Jacksonville doesn’t take the remembrance of our fallen heroes lightly. The best way to keep their spirits alive? Great music, fun with the whole family and views of the beautiful St. Johns River. Oh, and it’s completely free to attend. Win, win.

Enjoy the perfect weather and relaxing long weekend with your loved ones at this fun event in Riverside’s Memorial Park. Pack a cooler with some cold drinks and great food for an evening of waterfront fun. Not really in the mood for a basic sandwich? Stop by Julington Creek Fish Camp for cooler-friendly takeout options. A few ideas:


  • Smoked Fish Spread with Toasted Melba
  • Peel & Eat Shrimp – Spicy or Regular
  • Low Boil for Two with Shrimp, Clams, Snow Crab, Andouille, Corn, Broccoli, Mushroom, Onions

A Day at the Beach With Friends and Family

This one seems like a no-brainer, but it really is one of the best ways to spend your Memorial Day weekend. Our beaches are notorious for perfect weather around this time of year, and it’d be a shame not to take advantage of it!

Make a whole weekend of it with beach games, family dinners and plenty of fresh cocktails. Head to the Jacksonville Beach Pier or Porpoise Point in Vilano for busy coastlines, or skip the crowds and pick a secluded public beach access.

Treat a Service Member to Great Food and Drinks

What better way to remember those who served than to spend time with a current military member? Listen to their stories, celebrate their sacrifices and thank them for their service. Of course, you can’t just go anywhere! Your local Fish Camp is the perfect spot.

Julington Creek Fish Camp boasts waterfront views, great seafood and specialty beer and cocktails. Here are some seasonal drinks perfect for Memorial Day sipping:


  • The Texas Peach | Tito’s Premium Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Ginger Simple Syrup, Basil, Ginger Ale
  • Bold City Mad Manatee
  • Bourbon Bliss | Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup, Orange Bitters, Benedictine

Come on by Julington Creek Fish Camp this Memorial Day Weekend

Our doors are always, always open to service members and their loved ones. We’d love to be your go-to spot for your Memorial Day celebration. Be sure to make a reservation so you can snag your favorite table with a view. We can’t wait to spend this special day with you!