Things to do in Atlanta on Memorial Day weekend

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Memorial Day weekend means a lot of people and a lot of events.

In Atlanta, here are just some of the options to stay entertained, jam with friends, and enjoy the weekend weather.

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Memorial Day weekend kicks off with music and stars across the Atlanta metro area.

Here are some things to check out.

Roswell Remembers Memorial Day

May 29

The 24th Annual Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at Roswell City Hall. The program will include a military ceremony, presentation of colors, the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, POW/MIA tribute and laying of the wreath.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Smyrna Veterans’ Memorial

May 29

Staff Sergeant Tamara Kosoris will be the speaker at the annual Memorial Day ceremony, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in the Smyrna Community Center. Kosoris has lived in Smyrna since 2016 and owns the Viking Alchemist Meadery. She was in the USMC Marine Band from 1998 - 2004.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Brook Run Park

May 20

Starting at 10 a.m., this year’s event includes all things Dunwoody: Guest Speaker & Dunwoody resident, Major General William B. Dyer III, Pledge of Allegiance by Councilman Joe Seconder, Invocation & Benediction by Rabbi Brian Glusman of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, songs by Dunwoody Idol contestant Grace Jacob, and Dunwoody Police Deputy Chief Michael Carlson as the Master of Ceremonies.

Memorial Day at Marietta National Cemetery

May 29

Veterans will be honored at a Noon ceremony. Over the weekend, thousands of volunteers will plant more than 17,000 flags on veterans’ graves.

Georgia National Cemetary Observance of Memorial Day

May 27

A ceremony will begin at 9 a.m honoring the 22 soldiers buried there who were killed in action. After the ceremony, guests will be invited to place small flags at all of the gravesites. Vans will shuttle visitors from Suallee Baptist Church from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Atlanta Jazz Festival, at Piedmont Park

May 27 - 29

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is free at Piedmont Park and running all weekend.

Stone Mountain Memorial Day Weekend

May 26-29

Stone Mountain will have a fireworks show featuring the Air National Guard Band of the South and a drone and light show by Music Across America. Events at the state park will run for four days, from Friday to Monday.

Ceremony at Brook Run Park Veterans Memorial

May 29, 10 a.m.

Brook Run Park Veterans Memorial will have a morning ceremony to honor veterans, featuring several speakers and singers in Dunwoody.

Memorial Day Atlanta Car Show Parade

May 29 at 5 p.m.

The parade starts off on West Peachtree Street and heading downtown to Atlanta rapper Rick Ross’ mansion.

Atlanta Memorial Day Classic 5K

May 29 at 8 a.m.

The fourth annual Atlanta Memorial Day 5K on Monday at the Historic Fourth Ward Park.


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May 25-28

Atlanta-based geekdom can check out MomoCon at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

May 27-28

Alpharetta will have an Arts Streetfest on Saturday and Sunday at The Grove at Wills Park featuring artists’ booths, children’s fun, and festival food.

Ed Sheeran at the Tabernacle

May 26 at 6:30 p.m.

English musician Ed Sheeran is playing at the Tabernacle in Atlanta with Ben Kweller.

Summer Splash Pool Party

May 27, 12 p.m.

The event is at the Browns Mill Aquatic Center in Stonecrest, featuring free food and live entertainment until 3 p.m. Regular admission runs until 7 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend Salute

May 28, 8:30 p.m.

A patriotic Memorial Day concert will be at the Braselton Civic Center.

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There’s also a smorgasbord of barbecue, pool party, and ceremony events across the metro area.

Plus, be on the lookout for parades across the metro area in Cumberland, College Park, Union City, Midtown, Buckhead, North Druid Hills, and more.