Jacksonville has long been a hub for the United States Navy. That makes Memorial Day Weekend a very special time in the city to reflect and spend time with family. 

There are several events lined up that give people the chance to enjoy their free time and also remember those who lost their lives serving the country. Here is our list of the top things to do on Memorial Day in Jacksonville:

City of Jacksonville Memorial Day Ceremony

The City of Jacksonville honors fallen heroes each year with a special Memorial Day Ceremony. This year's event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Wall  and features music from the 13th Army Band and the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. 

The Veterans Memorial Wall is located between EverBank Field and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The ceremony is free, and it's suggested that attendees wear patriotic attire. 

Jacksonville Zoo and Memorial Gardens

Through all of Memorial Day Weekend, the Jacksonville Zoo and Memorial Gardens make it easier for veterans and their families to enjoy this favorite attraction. They are offering $2 off the regular military discount May 26 through 29. 

The Jacksonville Zoo has over 2,000 animals and 1,000 varieties of plants, making it a great trip for anyone. They also feature top exhibits like Range of the Jaguar, the Giraffe Overlook, and the Savanna Blooms Garden. 

Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K

People are encouraged to wear patriotic fitness attire when they participate in the Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K. The race begins behind Orange Park's Town Hall Park at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a one-mile fun run at 9 a.m. 

Online registration is currently $27 for members of the Florida Striders Track Club, $32 for non-members, and $20 for kids 13 and under. There will also be race day registrations taken. 

Cookies and Canvas Memorial Day Kids Paint

Wine and Canvas is offering a fun-filled, kid-friendly paint session on Memorial Day. Cookie and Canvas takes place at the studio from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost to sign up is $20. 

Kids will have the opportunity to paint a patriotic bear, and parents can also register if they would like to join in on the activity. The class is recommended for children five years of age and older. 

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a Memorial Day Weekend staple in town, bringing out over 130,000 people to Downtown Jacksonville over the two days. As one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, it hosts top performers from around the world. 

There will be three live outdoor stages and a slew of other activities that cover 15 city blocks. While several of the performances and activities are free, there are also VIP packages available to enhance your experience. 

There are plenty of great things planned for Memorial Day in Jacksonville. Make it a fun day with family and remember those who have served our country. 

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