Miami Memorial Day is one of the biggest parties in the country on this holiday weekend. If you're planning to spend your Memorial Day weekend 2016 in Miami Beach, be prepared for parties both hectic and wild. Nightclubs fill up as the beautiful people line up to see and be seen, and famous entertainers in the hip-hop scene—DJs, singers, rappers, and dancers—perform at various venues around town. The biggest event on Memorial Day Weekend in Miami Beach is Urban Beach Week, a huge conglomeration of parties, concerts and other events celebrating African-American hip-hop culture.
Urban Beach Week is one of the most anticipated events in Miami. This celebration of hip-hop music and its culture draws thousands of visitors every year for Miami Memorial Day, particularly people from the black community. Visitors to Miami at this time should book hotels and other accommodation ahead of time, as about a quarter million visitors swarm to the city for this party. Many cheap package deals can be found that include hotels as well as airfare. Entertainers such as Diddy and Chris Brown headline events at nightclubs and concert venues.
Other parties take place at the beach and on boats on the water. Be careful if participating in the Urban Beach Week festivities—with this many visitors out to have a good time, things are bound to get rowdy, and the police are out en masse to prevent disturbances. The events of Urban Beach Week are centered on the South Beach Art Deco District.
Another popular event that takes place during Memorial Day Weekend in Miami Beach is the Best of the Best concert at Bicentennial Park. The Best of the Best concert is a festival celebrating Caribbean music, such as reggae, dancehall, and soca, but also features hip-hop artists. Past musicians to have performed at this concert include Wyclef Jean, Diddy, Akon, Shaggy, and more. The concert typically begins in the afternoon, and lasts for ten hours or more. Afterwards, don't go straight home—it’s well worth checking out the after-parties at various nightclubs..
Other events at Miami Memorial Day include fashion shows, dance contests, stand-up comedy, baseball games, barbecues, and more. There is usually a Memorial Day parade in town and some fireworks. For those who want to party on a budget, there are several parties along the beach that don't require a cover charge. You can also save money if you are with a group of friends and can rent an apartment or house on the beach for the weekend.
All is not just fun and games on Memorial Day in Miami, however. Services and ceremonies for those fallen in wars and for veterans are held at the Veteran's Monument and other venues around town every year. In spite of the hectic parties that overshadow the original meaning of the holiday, there are still some in Miami who manage to find a moment to reflect and commemorate those who fell in the nation's wars on this national holiday.