Memorial Day offers the vast array of activities as most holidays; take a hike on the many trails around Gulf County, spend some time on the water, be it the Gulf of Mexico or St. Joseph Bay.

But, among the holiday entertainment options, here are a few other options.

1. Buy a butt and support public safety. Fighting fire with fire as they say. As summer heats up so do the calls that come into the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department (SGCVFD). Come out and help a great cause and community resource. Buy a butt (or two) at the “World Famous Butt Roast Fundraiser” held throughout the weekend. This annual event started on a small scale in the early 1990’s, heated up in 2004 when the department purchased a smoker and has grown to sales of well over 300 tasty butts in recent years. Pre-sales go fast. Go online and order your butt today at Pick up your order at Salinas Park Bayside on Cape San Blas Road opposite the fire station. Walk-up orders depend on availability, first-come first-served. During the event between 11 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET Friday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET Saturday volunteers will also be selling Pulled Pork sandwich meals for $9 which include a sandwich, chips, coleslaw and drink. Family-to-Go boxes for four for $30 include 1 pound of shredded pork, 4 buns, 4 chips, pot of coleslaw, 4 drinks and bbq sauce. Butts sell for $35. T-shirts and hats will also be on sale. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support the fire department’s life saving and first aid equipment among other important fire safety and education items. South Gulf Volunteer Fire Department welcomes your support and wants to remind folks that if you wish to make a donation please go to at any time during the year.

2. Enjoy Final Fridays in downtown Port St. Joe. The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to be kicking off Final Friday's throughout Gulf County. Every Final Friday of the month merchants along Reid Ave. will host sales and refreshments from 4-7 p.m. ET. Additionally, as you stroll along you will be able to see artists at work in their studio and on the sidewalks. But the party will not stop at 7 p.m., as you can continue to “Sip & Socialize” at local establishments around Gulf County. Each month a different location will be hosting music or an event so stay connected via social media or listen to Oyster Radio to keep you updated. May is sponsored by Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, Pristine Properties and Krazyfish Grille. “Sip & Socialize” will take place at Krazyfish Grille and will feature Nashville Artist, Laughlin!


3. Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Head down to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse for a view that can hardly be topped, pardon the pun. The Lighthouse will be open special hours all holiday weekend. Visit 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12-and-under. Children must be over 44 inches tall to climb the lighthouse. The Lighthouse Gift Shop, with an array of items, will also be open during those hours in the “Sleeping Beauty” keepers’ quarters next to the lighthouse.


4. Honor the holiday at Beacon Hill. The John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 and Willis V. Rowan American Legion Post 116 will hold their annual Memorial Day ceremony 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. The guest speaker will be Commander Tony Almon, a retired U.S. Navy Seal and commander of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School NJROTC program. The flag retirement will be performed by Boy Scout Troop 347. A reception will be hosted by the VFW Auxiliary.