On Atlanta Memorial Day, the city buzzes with festivities, such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival, which takes place on Memorial Day Weekend, as well as numerous other celebrations, memorial services, and concerts. If you are spending Memorial Day Weekend 2016 in Atlanta, make sure you check out the many festivals in Atlanta at this time—not only is the Jazz Festival a huge attraction on this weekend, but there is also the Decatur Arts Festival and other popular events at Stone Mountain and elsewhere.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is one of the most anticipated annual festivals in Atlanta. Although the Jazz Festival is held throughout the entire month of May, it culminates on Memorial Day Weekend with a two-day roster of performances by world-renowned jazz artists and bands. This is one of the few free festivals in Atlanta and the largest free jazz festival in the country, making it a perfect choice for those who want to enjoy music on Memorial Day without breaking the bank. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is more than 30 years old and has hosted jazz stars such as Wynton Marsalis and Miles Davis. Jazz musicians perform at venues all over the city, such as cafés, nightclubs, parks, and even the airport. Of course, the lineup of musicians and the locations of performances change every year, so check ahead of time which performances you want to see.
The Decatur Arts Festival is another event that draws crowds and contributes to the vibrant atmosphere of Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta. Located in Decatur, a suburb of Atlanta, this 22-year-old festival draws artists from around the country. Local art galleries open special exhibits for free to the public during the festival, and a lively artists' market is held at the main square. Other exhibitions, as well as literary, musical and performance art events will be held around town throughout the duration of the festival.
Perhaps the biggest 2016 event on Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta is the Memorial Day Weekend Salute to the Troops in Stone Mountain Park. Tickets to the park will give you access to the rides and fun attractions of this theme park, as well as admission to the famous salute. A spectacular laser show is choreographed with music and fireworks in a tribute to the soldiers who protect the country. Spend a day there with the whole family, and crown it off at night with this amazing light show.
If you're looking to escape the commercialism of Atlanta Memorial Day, head over to Roswell, another suburb of Atlanta. Roswell has the largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia, drawing crowds of 6000-7000 every year. Keynote speeches, testimonies by veterans, salutes and time to reflect and commemorate fallen soldiers are all part of the ceremony. Within the lively celebration, glitz and glamour of Atlanta Memorial Day, taking some time apart to join the Memorial Day ceremony is a great way to give fallen heroes the respect they deserve.