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Memorial Day Fun in Atlanta!

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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.

Atlanta Braves

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.

Sources: AccessAtlanta, StoneMountainPark, WoodstockGA, ZooAtlanta, CityofMilton, AtlantaHistoryCenter, AJC

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  1. Huge 05/06/2012 at 5:50 pm

    The big Mainwaring car givaway ends; biggest sale tops $200,000.A few of the most rare state license plates sold in lots for five figures. A set of vintage Wyoming plates sold for $26,000, while Iowa plates fetched $29,900.

  2. Anna 06/04/2011 at 6:56 am

    What did you end up doing?

  3. Lindsay 05/27/2011 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for the awesome compilation of fun goings-on around Atlanta this weekend!