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Memorial Day Ceremony: Boca Raton Cemetery

Memorial Day weekend 2024, for some, means the beginning of summer with picnics at the beach or shopping discounts etc. But for many, it also means taking the time to remember those who have passed in service to their country and reflect on the cost of liberty and freedom for all.

The holiday originated in the years following the American Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. 

It was originally called Decoration Day and involved the placing of flowers on the graves of the dead. The name was changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and is celebrated the last Monday in May.

Unlike Veterans Day in November that celebrates all those serving or who have served in the armed forces, Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Many people take the day off to spend time with family and friends as a way to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy, such as attending outdoor concerts or watching a fireworks display.

No matter how you choose to observe Memorial Day, following is a list of some events being offered throughout Palm Beach County. Check back with us as we add more events when the information becomes available.

Boca Raton

The City of Boca Raton will celebrate Memorial Day on May 27, 2024, with a morning ceremony and an evening concert. Both are free and open to the public. 

  • Ceremony: Boca Raton Cemetery, 9-10 a.m., at  451 SW 4th Ave. Take part in a community ceremony to honor the sacrifices made for our freedoms, featuring guest speakers and City officials. Seating provided. Reserved section for Gold Star families. 
  • Concert: Mizner Park, 7-8:30 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. at the Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Chairs and blankets are welcome. Reserved seating for Gold Star families. Chair rentals $5; FREE for active military and veterans. Refreshments will be available for purchase. This year's concert will feature The American Sirens, with an evening of patriotic and American favorites ,from a vintage concert experience inspired by the Andrews Sisters, and more. Visit for more details.

Credit: The American Sirens / Courtesy: City of Boca Raton

Boynton Beach

Lake Worth

The South Florida National Cemetery is located in western Lake Worth. It is maintained by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and it is also one of the newest national cemeteries in the United States.

Monday, May 27, 2024: The ceremony will be in the new Assembly Area. At 8:30 a.m. volunteers will set-up the cannons and flags. Color Guards will open the ceremony and it will end with a cannon salute. FL Dept. Cdr. Tim Campaign will be in charge. For more details visit this Facebook page.


A Day to Remember will honor fallen service members at 11:50 a.m., Monday, May 27, 2024, at Palm Beach Memorial Park Cemetery, 3691 N. Seacrest Blvd. More details available at

Palm Beach Gardens

Memorial Day Ceremony: Monday, May 27, 2024, at 9 a.m., at the Veterans Plaza Amphitheater, 10500 N. Military Trail.

The City of Palm Beach Gardens will honor and remember the service men and women who never left the battlefield with a wreath ceremony. Flags will be presented by the Palm Beach Gardens Police and Fire-Rescue Honor Guard. Music presented by Palm Beach Gardens High School Wind Ensemble. For more details, visit

Royal Palm Beach

Memorial Day Service: Ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 27, 2024, at  Veterans Park Amphitheater, 1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., The Village of Royal Palm Beach. Visit the website for more details.


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Also read our post on the Air & Sea Show Memorial Weekend, in Miami.

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