Do you know what you are doing for Memorial Day yet? I don’t! I’m not usually a last minute planner but this time I am for some reason. Either way I have rounded up a list of great things for you (and me!) to do in the Atlanta area! I hope we can find something fun to do this weekend! But lets already take some time to remember all those that have served our country – both presently and in the past. Without them, we wouldn’t have the freedom in this land that we have today. So thank you, Veterans and all military personnel.
Marietta National Cemetery
When: Monday May 30, 2011 · 12:00 pm
Where: Marietta National Cemetery · Marietta, Georgia
What: The Memorial Day event begins at noon on May 30th and will feature patriotic music, posting of the colors, prayers, a gun salute and inspiring speakers. All veterans, as well the general public, are invited to attend what will be a meaningful and memorable ceremony.
Veterans Remembrance Day
When: Sunday, May 29, 2011 Noon – 5:00 PM
Where: Atlanta History Center
Cost: Free with the price of general Atlanta History Center admission. Visitors with military ID are admitted free.
What: Throughout the day, visitors interact with both veterans and living history interpreters who represent the various branches of the United States Armed Forces. Both share stories about battles and military strategies of the various wars through displays of authentic dress, equipment, and vehicles
Memorial Day Service in Woodstock
When: Monday, May 30th at 10 am
Where: Woodstock City Park
What: The City of Woodstock joins forces with local veterans groups to honor those who fight to keep us free. Join us on Memorial Day for a special service of remembrance in The Park at City Center (formerly the Downtown City Park). The New Horizons Band will make the occasion even more special. Come visit the new Woodstock Memorial, 10 tons of polished granite dedicated to our Woodstock Veterans who gave us the ultimate sacrifice, their lives.
Memorial Day Ceremony in Milton
When: Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m.
Where: Milton City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway Suite 107
What: This year’s featured speaker is Col. Murphy Neal Jones of Covington, La. On June 29, 1966, during his third combat tour in Vietnam, Jones was shot down and captured on the outskirts of Hanoi. He was wounded by shrapnel in both legs when his aircraft was hit and sustained a dislocated shoulder, broken arm and broken back when he ejected at approximately 300 feet and over 620 miles per hour.
Roswell Remembers/ Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony
When: Monday, May 30 10:00a
Where: Roswell City Hall, Roswell, GA
What: Displays open to the public at 10 a.m. May 30, followed by pre-ceremony music. Featured speaker is Donna C. Rowe, U.S. Army Nurse Corps 1964-1969. Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. followed by the opening of food tents and a concert on the lawn
The 2011 Atlanta Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, May 28 11:00a
Where: Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA
What: The Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 28 & 29, 2011, is regarded as one of the Country’s largest FREE jazz festivals. It is an annual musical showcase, celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz greats in venues throughout metropolitan Atlanta during the entire month of May. Culminating during each Memorial Day weekend, the festival features show-stopping performances at Piedmont Park.
Decatur Arts Festival
When: Saturday, May 28 10:00a
Where: Old Courthouse Square, Decatur, GA
What: Arts festival with performing arts, artist market, fine arts exhibition, new dance, children’s festival, literary arts and more.
60,000 attendees expected.
Brew at the Zoo
When: Saturday, May 28, 5:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m
Where: Atlanta Zoo
Cost: Advance – $35 members, $40 non-members. Day-of – $45 members and non-members
What: Tickets include Zoo admission, plus unlimited sampling of a variety of beers and wines; up-close-and-personal encounters with our animals; free rides on the train and carousel; music and so much more.
Georgia Renaissance Festival
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, May 28, 29 & 30 10:30a-6p
Where: Georgia Renaissance Festival Grounds, Fairburn, GA
Cost: HALF OFF Memorial Day weekend! See website for more details.
What: Our multi-acre kingdom is a re-creation of a 16th-Century European Country Faire where you can shop, eat and revel with a cast of nearly 1,000 colorfully costumed characters. Ten stages of music and comedy shows are set against a permanent backdrop of Tudor homes and enchanting cottages!
Stone Mountain Park
When: Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 28, 29 & 20
Where: Georgia Stone Mountain Park, Memorial Lawn
Cost: All active and retired military personnel will receive one FREE Adventure Pass with valid ID and will save up to $10 off per person for immediate family members along with other special offers.* Click here to take advantage of this special offer for military.
Not a member of the military, but still looking for a value? Click here to save 30% with the Gold Family Value Pass, and enjoy the park with your family all-day and into the night at a great value.
What: Stone Mountain park honors our troops and their families, in a three-day celebration of American spirit at Atlanta’s largest Memorial Day Weekend celebration.
When: Monday May 30, 1:10 pm
Where: Braves Stadium
Cost: See ticket office
What: Before the 1:10 p.m. Monday game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, soldiers from Moody, Dobbins and Robins Air Force bases and Fort Gordon present a giant American flag in the outfield and line the base paths; Purple Heart recipients will be honored; Lt. Col. Twanda Young from Fort Benning sings the national anthem; two A-10 fighter jets perform a flyover; and Maj. Gen Michael Ferriter, Fort Benning’s commanding general, throws out the ceremonial first pitch. The Beach Boys give a post-game concert.