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2013 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Atlanta


Memorial Day marks, for many, the first long weekend of 2013 and calls for celebrations, barbeques and, of course, remembering America's troops. We've put together a list of some of the exciting events going on this Memorial Day Weekend.

All Weekend Long:

Atlanta Jazz Festival
This annual three-day festival, help this year in Piedmont Park, is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. The event features world renowned jazz artists in a multi-cultural celebration. The festival is free. No outside food allowed, but there will be plenty of vendors onsite.

Memorial Day Weekend Salute to the Troops
Stone Mountain Park
This three-day celebration of American spirit, which salutes our troops and their families, is Atlanta's largest Memorial Day weekend celebration.

In addition to all the regular Stone Mountain Park attractions, there will also be live music and the famous laser show will feature fireworks with a special tribute to the troops. Active and retired military personnel get a free Adventure Pass plus discounts for their family. Laser show and music included in parking fee, other activities for an additional fee.

Memorial Day at Callaway Gardens
Enjoy sun and fun with the opening of Robin Lake Beach and activities including including Light Striker Laser Tag, Blaster Boats and Aqua Island, an expansive floating playground.

You can also watch dozen of the world's finest water sports athletes representing more than 14 countries compete for more than $110,000 in cash and prizes in the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. There are many fun events throughout the weekend. The weekend will feature live music, a circus performance, a pyrotechnic night jump by U.S. Army Silver Wings Parachute Team, a custom car show, and the Callaway Gardens Farmers Market. Active and Retired Military receive 50% off gate pricing for themselves and up to five passengers in the same vehicle.

Friday, May 24, 2013:

Memorial Day Weekend Concert
Town Center Park, Suwannee
Featuring live music. This is a free event but attendees are encouraged to bring canned food donations. 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 2013:

Veteran's Remembrance Day
Atlanta History Center
Throughout the day, visitors to the History Center 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. Free with History Center admission.

Brew at the Zoo
Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta

Ever wish you could stroll through the zoo with a cold beer and no rambunctious children around? Check out the annual adults-only Brew at the Zoo, where you can spend an evening with the animals and enjoy unlimited beer and wine sampling! Brew at the Zoo also features animal encounters, live music and more. Tickets, which sold out last year, are $38 for zoo members or $43 for non-members.

Monday, May 27, 2013:

Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance
A National Moment of Remembrance takes place every year at 3 p.m. local time. The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans wherever they are on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity for one minute to remember what Memorial Day is really about.

Roswell Remembers
This non-political, non-commercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made is Georgia's largest Memorial Day Ceremony. Draws over 6,000 people to honor the troops. Food vendors and music in addition to the traditional military program. Located at the City Hall complex just one mile from the Roswell Square.

Smyrna Memorial Day Celebration
20th Century Veterans Memorial
2800 King Street, Smyrna
Join the City of Smyrna for Memorial Day at 20th Century Veterans Memorial to honor and appreciate a commitment to peace through strength and sacrifice. Seating will start at 8:00 a.m. and pre-ceremony/ceremony activities will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

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