It’s Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta and there are many things you can do choose to do intown and around the metro area. Atlanta holiday plans are more often about enjoying family fun, making memories with friends, and spending quality time with others. This Memorial Day weekend is no different. Choose from various official Memorial Day ceremonies, Military appreciation events, free jazz concerts, area fireworks salutes, community arts festivals, and much, much more. We hope everyone has a nice and safe holiday weekend, but please remember on Monday, that Memorial Day is the special day created to honor America’s fallen soldiers and their sacrifice. At 3pm on May 30th, wherever you are, please take a minute of silence to respectfully observe the National Moment of Remembrance.
Living in or near the Midtown Atlanta area has many benefits and one of them is that so many great events happen intown. Memorial Day weekend has more than a few, so many in fact that we couldn’t list them all. Here are a few standouts that are worthy of consideration depending on your preferences.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as the one of the biggest and best free jazz festivals in the USA. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Piedmont Park.
Momocon is becoming known as one of the fastest growing cosplay style conventions in the country. Fans all ages that are into of Japanese Anime,
American Animation, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Games. Now thru
Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The Atlanta Braves are hosting a series of promotional and postgame events all this weekend. Fireworks Friday is tonight, Chipper Jones bobblehead night on Saturday, Chris Stapleton postgame concert on Sunday, and Monday’s game is all about Military Appreciation. Get more details about special ticket and other requirements via the Braves page on MLB.com.
Now if you live in East Atlanta or perhaps closer to the Decatur side of town, then there are two annual events that you will want to check out. The Brew at the Zoo is a great time for kids and adults. Advance tickets are required so hurry and get yours today if this is part of your holiday weekend plans. This “animal-friendly” party has been selling out for the past several years and this year is reportedly more of the same. Equally, fun to do and full of beautiful things to see is the Decatur Arts Festival. This large art party kicks off tonight with the ArtWalk. Details about what to do when you get there include lots of food, beverages, free concerts, a kids area, and tons of artists and vendors to support.
Marietta & Woodstock Events
Residents that are new to Marietta may not know that the National Memorial Day Association of Georgia hosts an annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Marietta National Cemetery. We invite you and yours to experience this powerfully moving ceremony on Monday, May 30, 2016. This event starts at noon and honors those who gave their lives for our country’s freedom, also to our Veterans who served past and present. The ceremony includes patriotic music, posting of the colors, prayers, a gun salute, as well as inspiring speakers.
Also, not to be missed, this Saturday on the Marietta Square there are several things happening. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the free bi-monthly Marietta Square Artisans Market alongside one of the best weekly Farmer’s Markets in metro Atlanta. Alongside these two family-friendly events, please take time enjoy the Military Appreciation Celebration happening Saturday from 11am-1pm on the Square, at the Marietta Visitors Bureau. Hosted by the American Legion this event will begin with the Presentation of the Colors, followed by a POW/MIA ceremony to honor those lost for our freedom. Next enjoy the sounds of the 116th Army Band as they play a selection of music on the main stage, followed by a closing service for the Retiring of the Colors.
For our new homeowners living in Woodstock at Oakhurst, the annual Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 9:30am with a special performance by the East Cobb New Horizon Band. The City of Woodstock joins forces with the American Legion, Marine Corps League, and other local veterans groups to honor those who have given all in the fight to keep us free. The memorial service begins at 10am in the Park at City Center.
Locals living in our unique Norcross vineyard community, Adams Vineyard, should walk over to the Historic downtown district and celebrate Memorial Day with the city of Norcross in Thrasher Park. A ceremony and service will be held in the park with food and patriotic music provided by the U.S. Army 313 Quintet Brass Band. Starts at 11:30am on Monday.
Also nearby in Lawrenceville May 30, 2016, at 1:00pm on May 30, 2016, Gwinnett County law enforcement and emergency services personnel, alongside County officials will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Fallen Heroes Memorial. This event is held each year to celebrate and honor our county’s military heroes and public service personnel.
Other Things to Do
Along with all of the things we’ve already mentioned you could also head out to the opening of Six Flags, head to your local pool in the metro area, or check out all of the shopping deals & discounts offered over the memorial Day weekend. Speaking of shopping – if you’re in the market to buy a new Atlanta home then, of course, we invite you to stop by and tour the top quality Atlanta new homes we have available in West Midtown, East Atlanta, Norcross, Marietta, and Woodstock. Once again this Memorial Day, let us remember to honor and be thankful for those who have given their lives for our Country. From all of us at Brock Built, we say “Thank You for Your Service.”
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