DUCK KEY, Florida Keys — The 11th annual Florida Keys Heroes Tribute Labor Day weekend at Hawks Cay Resort, Villas and Marina is to honor male and female members of the military, fire rescue, police and medical personnel who serve and sacrifice for the nation. The event is scheduled Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.
The popular holiday weekend activities kick off Friday with a family fun night including popcorn, games and a movie under the stars. Held at the sports field at Coral Cay kids’ activities center, the event is free and open to the public.
At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, the Heroes Salute 5k Run/Walk is to start and finish at Angler and Ale Restaurant at the resort’s marina. Early registration fee is $25 until Aug. 30 at 4 p.m., and $30 the night before and on race day. The first 200 registrants are to receive a puzzle piece race medal and T-shirt. A post-race patriotic party with beer and snacks also is planned. For registration and packet pickup information, visit themeruns.com/heroes-salute/.
Also at the marina Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a touch-a-truck event gives kids and adults a chance to view vehicles and life-saving equipment used by everyday heroes of the fire and police departments, Secret Service, Border Patrol and more. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Saturday night from 5 to 10 p.m., live music and special guest appearances are planned. A 7:30 p.m. heroes’ video tribute is to take place around the fire pit under the stars to honor fallen heroes and those formerly and currently in action. A 10 p.m. fireworks show over the Atlantic Ocean caps off the evening.
Sunday brings a festive 5-9 p.m. All-American barbecue that is open to the public. Ticket prices are $27.95 for adults, $13.95 for kids ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and under. Keys tropical rock musician Howard Livingston and his Mile Marker 24 Band are to perform 8-10 p.m. for attendees to dance the night away. Event tickets are available for advance purchase and cover admission to the barbecue as well as the live musical performance. Visit hawkscay.ticketleap.com/.
Between Aug. 1 and Dec. 19, 2019, the Heroes Salute program includes value-added offers for watersports activities, a weekly Heroes Tribute ceremony and specially priced rooms at Hawks Cay Resort for current and former military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personal as well as their civilian supporters.
Hawks Cay Resort is to donate a portion of event proceeds to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Accommodations at several other Marathon-area hotels, inns and lodging properties are available during the Labor Day weekend event.
Event information: floridakeysheroes.com
Marathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or 1-800-262-7284
Saturday night, a heroes’ video tribute is to take place around the fire pit under the stars to honor fallen heroes and those formerly and currently in action.
Florida Keys Heroes Tribute honors male and female members of the military, fire rescue, police and medical personnel who serve and sacrifice for the nation.
Saturday, Aug. 31, the Heroes Salute 5k Run/Walk is to start and finish at Angler and Ale Restaurant at the resort’s marina.