The name Holiday, like the names of many towns, comes from a spark of marketing inspiration. At a board meeting of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Tarpon Springs on Oct. 13, 1966, members discussed naming the new branch of the bank as the Holiday branch, since the post office had a substation on Holiday Drive nearby. In November 1967, board members suggested to local builders and newspaper reporters that future events in the area be referred to as occurring in Holiday. The bank gave away 1000 license plates for the front of automobiles reading “Holiday Florida” (Gloria Focht in WPH).
Things to do:
Forest Hills Golf & Country is a local golf course. It’s a 9 hole golf course with a clubhouse.
Key Vista Nature Park is a 101-acre park features nature trails, a boardwalk, an observation tower, fishing & restrooms. It is dog friendly too!
Anclote River Park-This beautiful and serene park setting offers 300′ of swimming area on the Gulf of Mexico and picnic areas, playgrounds, designated fishing and boating area, large boat ramp and the park is known for its Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
This is a great place to bask in the sun, take a swim, cast a line and do some fishing, or launch your boat and set sail for a day on the Gulf. Keep your eyes open for the dolphins, fish, crabs and sea turtles passing by. Follow the channel out and head south toward Anclote Key Island.
Gulfside Elementary School
Gulf Trace Elementary School
Paul R. Smith Middle School
Anclote High School
Holiday, Florida offers the best of both worlds. Because of its proximity to Tampa, it is considered a suburb of the Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater metro area. It also offers a plethora of open spaces and activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Here is a great video of a popular park in Holiday — Anclote River Park.