Memorial Day, May 25, always celebrated the last Monday
in May, is a way to remember those military men and women who have lost their
lives for our freedom. We at Play the Coast say, THANK YOU FOR OUR FREEDOM AND
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE.
We hope you spend your Memorial Day Weekend
celebrating this incredible country. If you’re on the Mississippi Gulf
Coast and spending the weekend with friends and family or even by yourself,
there is so much to do. We have taken all of the guesswork out of your itinerary
by listing our top 5 FREE events to enjoy from Waveland to Pascagoula.
SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, Waveland – May 22-24
Catholic Church is located on Beach Boulevard in Waveland. Their annual seafood
festival is a sweet, family-friendly event with all of the typical rides for
the kids. What is extraordinary is the delicious seafood, live music, and
beautiful art being offered. Take a drive from Hwy 90 down Beach Blvd through
Bay St. Louis, and enjoy Mississippi’s West Coast.
JAZZ IN THE
PASS, Pass Christian – May 23-24
where I will be this weekend. It starts with the 38th Annual
Blessing of the Fleet in Pass Christian Harbor. This tradition is important to
the seafood industry on the MS Gulf Coast as the boats and crew receive
blessings for a bountiful shrimp season. Jazz in the Pass will be up the road
from the harbor on Davis Avenue. There will be live music and a gumbo cook-off
on Saturday and the entertainment continues through Sunday. Some of my favorite
restaurants are in the Pass, as well as many unique shops, and even more unique - are the people.
COAST MEMORIAL DAY BLOWOUT, Gulfport – May 23-25
I’d be amiss
if I didn't list the Memorial Day Blowout at the Gulfport Dragway. Once known
as the "All Harley Gulfport Memorial Day Blowout,” this is was the sure sign of
summer (besides the heat and humidity), to see the hundreds of gruff
Harley Davidson riders and their braided ponytailed passengers. This event has
now opened up to "all types of bikes.” There will be lots of racing and good
times to be had. Check it out!
THE SEA, Gulfport and Pascagoula – May 23-24
Coast Symphony Orchestra is a treasure to Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and
visitors. Each Memorial Day weekend, the GCSO puts on a free concert, Sounds by
the Sea. The event is in Gulfport on Saturday and Pascagoula on Sunday. Bring
your blanket, lawnchair, and picnic and enjoy this delightful concert
overlooking the water.
NATIONAL CEMETARY, Biloxi – May 23-25
has such a large presence on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as we the fortunate
home to Keesler Air Force Base, the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Air
National Guard, Army National Guard, US Coast Guard, and the Armed Forces
Retirement Home. One of the most important traditions for Memorial Day is to
visit the Biloxi National Cemetery to pay your respects to the deceased
military men and women and their families. There is nothing quite as moving as looking out over the acres upon
acres of headstones with the American Flag beside each one.
We hope you
enjoy this Memorial Day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and delight in our food,
our festivals, our people, and most importantly, our freedom. God Bless