At the Beach - Do Not Send Help!Start the summer off on a high note with a Memorial Day Weekend stay in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, a wonderful place to spend three days soaking up the sun, sand, and sea with friends and family. This laid-back destination is a must for a visit with great dining and an abundance of activities to please everyone in your party.

As the official start of Summer, the three-day Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get out on—or into—the water. Whether you’re looking to drop a line, take a dip and hunt up shells and fossilized shark teeth at the beach, or enjoy a paddle, kayak, jet ski, or other boating adventure, you’ll find the perfect water activity in the area.Family of four enjoying a meal at Laishley Crab House in Punta Gorda, Florida

If you prefer your leisure on land, make some time to take your time playing a relaxed round of golf or two at one of our 15+ gorgeous courses, then enjoy other outdoor activities like a wildlife-filled eco-tour, bike ride, hike, picnic in a park, or a nice walk on a beautiful beach. Be sure you’re positioned to watch the sunset each evening.

Whatever activities you choose, you’ll find plenty of excellent waterfront and sunset-facing eateries at which to wind down and reflect after a busy day. Many also feature live music, so wear your dancing (or toe-tapping) shoes.

Memorial Day Happenings

The Boca Grande H20 Sandbar Music Fest takes place each year over Memorial Day weekend and features live music, food boats, a barge showing live footage throughout the day, a 50/50 raffle, and tons of fun on and in the beautiful water. 

The Military Heritage Museum Memorial Day Ceremony commences with the Salute to the Red, White & Brass concert on Sunday and continues with their Commemoration and other events on Monday, and features free admission for Veterans.

An annual Memorial Day ceremony usually takes place at Veteran’s Park next to the Vietnam Memorial Wall of Southwest Florida, near Laishley Park on Memorial Day.

Check out our Events Calendar to search for what’s happening in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach during your visit.

When is Memorial Day 2025?

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Memorial Day is always observed the last Monday in May.

In 2025, Memorial Day is May 26.