Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta is filled with festivals, commemorative ceremonies and patriotic events. There’s the largest Memorial Day celebration in Georgia happening in Roswell, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is taking over Piedmont Park, and a special fireworks show at Stone Mountain Park.
Families can plan a canoe outing on the Chattahoochee River, watch circus festivities under the big top in Cobb or attend the Atlanta Braves’ double header at SunTrust Park.
These are some of the top things to do this weekend for Memorial Day:
Salute the Troops at Stone Mountain Park
Memorial Day weekend at Stone Mountain Park has a special “Salute the Troops” theme. The laser show is running Friday through Monday nights at 9:30 p.m. with an extended fireworks finale. Plus, active duty, veterans and retired military personnel will receive one free Adventure Pass with valid ID, and their families will save up to 30 percent off per person. Don’t miss performances by the Air National Guard Band of the South on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights prior to the Lasershow.
Enjoy Live Patriotic Music in Suwanee
On Friday the Fort Benning Silver Wings kick off Suwanee’s annual Red, White, Bluegrass, & Bach memorial weekend concert as they parachute into Town Center Park. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. and includes patriotic music by the Main Street Orchestra, bluegrass music, a salute to veterans, food trucks and more.
Relax with a River Canoe Trip
Take a relaxing trip on the Chattahoochee River from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 28, and be back in time for afternoon cook outs. The ride is guided by Chattahoochee Nature Center naturalists, is for ages 6 and over, and costs $35 per person. Make sure you register by May 25. There are also canoe trips planned for Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Hear Legendary Performers at the Atlanta Jazz Festival
One of the country’s largest, free jazz festivals is this weekend. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is a showcase of jazz legends, up-and-coming performers and international favorites. This year marks the festival’s 41st anniversary, and the line-up includes performers like Dianne Reeves, Jazzmeia Horn, The Ingrid Jensen Collective, Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings and others. The Atlanta Jazz Festival covers three separate stages Saturday and Sunday at Piedmont Park.
Commemorate Veterans at Memorial Day Special Events
The 8th Annual Memorial March of Stockbridge is a ceremonial one-mile walk from the Merle Manders Conference Center to Memorial Park and Cemetery taking place on Monday at 9 a.m.
The largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia is at Roswell City Hall. Roswell Remembers opens to the public at 10 a.m. Monday. Music will follow, and then the official ceremony begins at 11 a.m. At 12:30 p.m. there’s an on-site picnic with live music.
The main draw of Georgia Aquarium’s annual Military Salute on Monday is a special program honoring fallen soldiers in the atrium at noon. Other acts of remembrance continue all day, and active and former military members get free general admission along with a 30 percent discount for family members on Monday.
Marietta National Cemetery has its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at noon on Monday. The master of ceremonies is Brigadier General Thomas H. Blackstock, Jr., Commander, 78th Troop Command, Georgia Army National Guard, and the ceremony includes a keynote speech, a reflection and the honoring of a local organization.
Experience a Weekend of Art at the Decatur Arts Festival
The multi-day Decatur Arts Festival is a great option for those looking for a variety of things to do this weekend for Memorial Day. On Friday night you can stroll the downtown square for an art walk with open galleries and live performances. Then on Saturday the main festival begins with multiple music stages, a storytelling event, artist market and kid’s zone. On Sunday, you can return to see what you may have missed earlier, like the dance, theater and comedy stages.
Catch an Atlanta Braves Double Header at SunTrust Park
On May 28 the Atlanta Braves play the New York Mets at 1:10 p.m. and again at 7:10 p.m. at SunTrust Park. Celebrate Military Appreciation Day at the afternoon game with pregame activities in The Battery Atlanta Plaza and a special pre-game ceremony. The evening game was rescheduled from April 22, and features Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit in a postgame concert. You can also purchase a field pass for $35 to go down on the field to watch the show.
Play with the Family Under the Big Top at Yaarab Shrine Circus
Yaarab Shrine’s 76th Annual Shrine Circus touts an affordable, safe and wholesome environment for adults and children of all ages. You can find performances, carnival rides, attractions and the standard carnival food staples. The circus is at Jim R. Miller Park through May 28. General Admission for everyone over age 10 is $7; parking is $5 per car, and all veterans get in free on Memorial Day. Ride tickets cost extra.