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Memorial Day parties and ceremonies

97X Backyard BBQ

Sometimes sand, surf and cover charges aren't exactly on the agenda for a holiday weekend. Enter 97X, which hosts its annual Backyard BBQ within the confines of Vinoy Park. Modern prog-rock kings Coheed and Cambria hold top billing, but the rest of the ticket — alt-hip-hop duo Twenty One Pilots, Danish indie rock darlings New Politics and English exports The Virginmarys — are well worth coming out early for. General admission requires a free ticket, but VIPs can fork over $50 for special bathrooms, food and drink. It starts at noon at 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. See 97xonline.com for ticket drop locations.

Ray Roa, special to the Times

93.3 FLZ's Memorial Day Live

Clearwater Beach was made for the carefree days of Memorial Day weekend, and Shephard's Beach Resort has teamed up with Top 40 radio station 93.3-FLZ to make sure that the soundtrack to the holiday is as enjoyable as the white sand, warm gulf waters and salty air. It kicks off Friday with Go Daddies, DJ Chad Fox and DJ Ray. On Saturday, Iyaz will bring the spirit of the Virgin Islands (as well as his smash single Replay). On Sunday, Cash Money Records alumni Jason Derulo will croon his way through electro-pop hits (Watcha Say, It Girl, The Other Side) and DJ Skribble will come through with a whole load of '90s MTV nostalgia. The music and drink specials continue on Monday. The party starts at 2 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday-Monday at 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. $10-$20. shephards.com.

Ray Roa

Memorial Day Sandbar Concert

The only way to get to this concert is by boat. Bring chairs, coolers and wade in the water while you listen to live music from a pontoon boat stage anchored in the channel off Tanglewood Way. This floating party features blues and southern rock by the Cross Creek Blues Band and Hal Hammer Jr. It's 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the "P" Channel adjacent to 2189 Tanglewood Way NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 224-1900. Free.

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Bands on the Sand: The annual Memorial Day weekend beach concert is a day of family events including arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage concessions, and live music. Lineup includes jam bands, reggae, soul, R&B and alt-country, with a fireworks finale at 8:50 p.m. Noon Saturday and Sunday. Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free; parking is $5. (727) 547-4575. bilmarbeachresort.com.

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. $21.95, $18.95 for seniors 60+, $16.95 for kids 3-12. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Memorial Day at the Pier: Honor Memorial Day and St. Petersburg's inverted pyramid at this party with live music by Uncle John's Band, the Tempests and Giving Tree, a performance by the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team and a fireworks show that includes lights and confetti cannons. Free. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6443. 1-9:45 p.m. Monday.

Memorial Day at the Zoo: Free admission for active duty or retired military personnel and up to three dependents with photo ID. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.

Family Fun Carnival Day: The museum is filled with carnival games for families to celebrate Memorial Day. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.

Memorial Day Family Funfest: With rock wall climbing, bungee jumping, a bounce house, military vehicle rides, war re-enactors, arts and crafts, face painting, military dress photo opportunities, museum tours, music and food. $10, $5 ages 4-12. Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. (727) 539-8371. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday.

Military Families Day: Military families can enjoy self-guided and audio tours in the museum throughout the day. Refreshments will be served on the veranda. $10, $7 seniors (65+) and students, $5 children. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 254-1891. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Oldsmar Freedom Fest: A Memorial Day festival with two stages of music by area bands, a beer garden, kids carnival, bike show and a Memorial Day ceremony. Free. Oldsmar State Street Festival Zone, State St. E and Fairfield St., Oldsmar. (813) 855-4233. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Water Ski Show: More than 100 skiers ages 6-60 perform a theatrical Memorial Day salute with a patriotic themed water show that includes barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts. Free. Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar. (727) 480-9365. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Fantasy Ranch vs. Amp: Celebrate Memorial Weekend at The Reunion Party with special guest DJ Baby Anne complete with updated sound and light systems. 10 p.m. Sunday. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free before 11:30 when on guest list; $10. (813) 873-8368.

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Bay Pines VA Memorial Day Ceremony: ABC Action News Reporter Alison Morrow serves as emcee and speakers include Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young and representatives from the VA. Also, a performance by the Timber Creek High School Air Force Corps JROTC Silent Drill Team, musical performances, firing salute and taps performance. Free. Bay Pines VA Medical Center National Cemetery, 10,000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 398-9426. 10 a.m. Monday.

We Salute You 2: To show support for veterans, active duty and military families, this all-day event starts with a mass gathering of safety and emergency vehicles from across Pinellas County, a display of wartime memorabilia, a barbecue and outdoor entertainment. The evening moves indoors for speeches by Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a sit down dinner, portraits and an awards ceremony. Benefits We Salute You 2 recipients. Free day; $10 evening. Riverside Grille House, 10 W Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 474-0382. Noon-10 p.m. Monday.

Carry the Load: Strap on a heavy back pack, hoist a ladder or run with weights on your ankles. Add weight to your load anyway you want and join in a walk that represents the weight of our memories for those who have served and currently serve our country and towns. Benefits Friends of Military Families and Hillsborough County Firefighter Charities. Free; donations through sponsorships average $300. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. (813) 387-1594. 9-11 a.m. Monday.

Florida National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony: Steve Jervey, of WFLA TV News Channel 8, is master of ceremonies for this memorial with keynote speaker Mike Prendergast, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Also, a performance by the Hernando High School Band, more music, taps, a rifle salute, a flyover and the posting of colors. Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. (352) 793-7740. 11 a.m. Monday.

Memorial Day Service: On Sunday, friends and family of those who have served can place a lit memorial candle in the veterans cemetery at sunset. On Monday, Commander Bill Hamblin presides over this ceremony with all branches of the military represented, the announcement of remembrance wreaths, guest speakers and music. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a flag to wave along Kennedy Boulevard or a wreath to place on a grave. Free. American Legion Post 5, 3810 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 870-0505. 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. Monday.

Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony: Honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our country at this ceremony with music, a keynote speaker and wreath presentation. Free. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740. 7 p.m. Monday.

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