Memorial Day is all about patriotism and commemoration of those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. It is also the beginning of the summer festival and concert season, and Atlanta has an array of events that are suitable for all ages and tastes during this long weekend.
Salute To The Troops at Stone Mountain Park (May 22–25, 2020, canceled)
From Friday to Monday evening, commemorate the warriors with the Salute to the Troops Lasershow Spectacular known as Salute To The Troops at Stone Mountain Park. This free laser light show is followed by fireworks which won't leave you disappointed. The Stone Mountain laser show is accompanied by a musical tribute and starts at 9:30 pm.
Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park (May 23–24, 2020, postponed until further notice)
The Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park has been one of the most favorite Memorial Day events for locals since the 1970s. With the lineup of world-class performers like Dianne Reeves and Matthew Whitaker, the Artist Market with arts and crafts stalls, this free festival can be your best experience during the Memorial Day Weekend.
Memorial Day Parade in Dacula (May 25, 2020, canceled | May 31, 2021)
Every year the town of Dacula hosts the Parade that features military cars, veterans, current servicemen and women, marching bands, equestrian units, and much more. There is also a Memorial Day 5K Run in the local park.
Memorial Day in Roswell (May 25, 2020, canceled)
The town of Roswell hosts the largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia, attended by 7,000 people each year.
Memorial Day at the Marietta National Cemetery (May 27, 2019)
Marietta National Cemetery is another place to pay tribute. It hosts the official tribute ceremony dedicated to the U.S. veterans in Georgia. Current and retired military members lead the solemn program.
Brew at the Zoo (July 11, 2020, rescheduled from May 23, 2020)
Brew at the Zoo Atlanta is a great day to spend surrounded by the animals and at the same time trying more than 70 kinds of beers and wines. Special tastings and a lounge area are open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Every day of the Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta offers some events to join. Pick your favorite, take your friends and family, and enjoy your time while remembering the heroes.