Best time to go to Atlanta

Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Honor ceremonies, one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, beer in the zoo, and plenty of other events await you

Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta 2020 - Best Time
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Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Georgia National Guard

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.

Georgia National Guard Memorial Day Ceremony in Clay National Guard Center 2020
Georgia National Guard Memorial Day Ceremony in Clay National Guard Center

From Friday to Monday evening, commemorate the warriors with the Salute to the Troops Lasershow Spectacular at Stone Mountain Park. This free laser light show is followed by fireworks which won't leave you dissapointed. The show that is accompanied by musical tribute starts at 9:30 pm.

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.

The town of Roswell hosts the largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia, attended by 7,000 people each year.

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.

Memorial Day at Marietta National Cemetery 2020
Memorial Day at Marietta National Cemetery
Memorial Day at Marietta National Cemetery 2020
Memorial Day at Marietta National Cemetery

The Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park has been one of the most favorite Memorial Day events for locals since the 1970s. With 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.

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.