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Memorial Day in the Golden Isles

As Memorial Day approaches, our charming St. Simons Island, nestled in Georgia's Golden Isles, offers a perfect blend of honoring the brave and indulging in what has become a summer kick off tradition, mouthwatering BBQ. This enchanting destination offers pristine beaches, historical landmarks, and a vibrant local food scene that includes delectable BBQ options. Join us as we explore the Memorial Day festivities around St. Simons Island and discover some of the best BBQ spots throughout the Golden Isles.


Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces. The Golden Isles provides an ideal setting to pay tribute to these heroes with several venues and ceremonies scattered about. On your way to East Beach, make time to visit to the World War II Home Front Museum, where you can gain insights into the island's historical significance during the war. Take a trip to the Memorial Day Ceremony held at 11 am at the Glynn County Veterans Memorial Park, where Veterans and the Glynn County Symphony will be speaking and performing to commemorate military service members who gave all for their country. End the day at Neptune Park for the annual Taps at Twilight. This tribute and traditional observance of the holiday began in 1991 to honor the men and women who have fallen in the service of our country, those who have valiantly served and returned, and those who are serving today. There will be an honor guard presentation, patriotic music performed from the St. Simons Casino bandstand, including anthems for each branch of service and the National Anthem. The ceremony will conclude with the playing of Taps.


The long weekend is a great chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of St. Simons Island's beaches. Take a leisurely stroll along East Beach or relax under the shade of a beach umbrella while listening to the soothing sounds of the waves crashing against the shore. If you're feeling adventurous, rent a bike and explore the island's scenic trails that wind through picturesque marshes and maritime forests. Spend quality time with your loved ones, enjoy the freedoms provided to us by the fallen heroes we honor on this day, and relish in the tranquil surroundings that make St. Simons Island a true coastal gem.


Of course, no Memorial Day weekend is complete without savoring mouthwatering BBQ flavors. The Golden Isles boasts several exceptional BBQ joints that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Here are a few must-visit options:

  1. Southern Soul Barbeque: Located on St. Simons Island, Southern Soul Barbeque is a local favorite known for its authentic Southern-style BBQ. Indulge in their tender, slow-cooked ribs, smoky pulled pork, or their famous brisket. Pair your meal with classic sides like collard greens, mac and cheese, or their delectable Brunswick stew.
  2. Beachcomber's BBQ & Grill: Situated just a block from the beach near the King & Prince Hotel on St. Simons, Beachcomber's BBQ & Grill offers a relaxed dining experience. Feast on their succulent smoked meats, including ribs, pulled pork, and smoked turkey. Their homemade sauces and delectable sides, such as baked beans and coleslaw, complement the BBQ perfectly.
  3. Gary Lee's Market: Located in Brunswick, Gary Lee's Market is a hidden gem for BBQ enthusiasts. This family-owned establishment has been serving mouthwatering BBQ for over 35 years. Enjoy their slow-cooked pork and beef ribs, paired with their homemade sauces and traditional Southern sides.
  4. Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q: Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q offers a delectable BBQ experience. Enjoy their tender smoked meats, such as pulled pork and chicken, served with your choice of mouthwatering sauces. Don't forget to try their tasty sides, like collard greens and cornbread.
  5. Twin Oaks BBQ: Located in Brunswick, Twin Oaks BBQ is a local favorite known for its flavorful smoked meats. From their ribs and pulled pork to their smoked chicken, each dish is crafted with care. Indulge in their signature BBQ sauces and savor the delightful combination of flavors.


Memorial Day on St. Simons Island offers the perfect blend of remembrance and celebration. Take time to honor the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while enjoying the beauty of the Golden Isles. Make your Memorial Day truly memorable by exploring the Island's rich history, relaxing on its pristine beaches, and indulging in some of the best mouthwatering BBQ that the region has to offer. St. Simons Island and the Golden Isles await you with open arms, promising a Memorial Day experience that will linger in your heart and taste buds for years to come.


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