Memorial Day holds special meaning for many families throughout the U.S. . For those remembering friends or family members who lost their lives in service to their country, it is a time of commemoration and reverence. For those with friends or family members who served and returned home or continue to serve to this day, it is a day of pride and tribute. For the entire nation, it is a time to celebrate heroes who have fallen, fought and continue to fight so that the United States of America can remain free. Picnics, festivals, fireworks and good old-fashioned fun are the hallmarks of this three-day weekend dedicated to enduring freedom. Atlanta families won’t have to look far to find the perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend 2014 – May 24-26.

Salute to the Troops
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 498-5690

Dates: May 24-26, 2014

Stone Mountain Park – a popular Georgia destination that features 3,200 acres of fun surrounding the largest exposed mass of granite in the world – will host “Atlanta’s largest” three-day Salute to the Troops this Memorial Day Weekend. In addition to Stone Mountain’s special brand of fun like a visit to Crossroads, rides to the top of the mountain on the Summit Skyride, viewings of the NEW Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience and kid-friendly warm weather whimsy at Geyser Towers, the park will also stage a Salute to the Troops Laserlight Show Spectacular in Mountainvision®, a special fireworks finale and a number of other patriotic activities during the course of the weekend. Active and retired military personnel will receive a free Adventure Pass to Stone Mountain Park (with valid ID) during the weekend, as well as discounts on passes for family members, food and merchandise.

Related:  Interviews With Veterans – What Memorial Day Means From A Hero’s Perspective

Opening of Hurricane Harbor 
Six Flags Over Georgia
275 Riverside Parkway S.W.  
Austell, GA 30168
(770) 739-3400

Dates: May 23-26, 2014

With most Georgia schools out for summer and average temperatures climbing into the 80s by the end of May, Six Flags Over Georgia is wise to time the much-anticipated debut of its new Hurricane Harbor Water Park for Memorial Day Weekend. Representative of the largest multi-million dollar expansion in Six Flags Over Georgia’s 46-year history, Hurricane Harbor will feature an 800,000-gallon wave pool, a bevy of water slides and a play area with miniature slides, drenching towers and hundreds of interactive water elements for pint-sized patrons of the park. The best part is that admission to Hurricane Harbor is free with a one-day ticket to Six Flags or season pass. Guests can fill the rest of their day air drying on all of the renowned roller coasters and rides Six Flags Over Georgia has to offer.

Memorial Day Weekend Festival
Callaway Gardens
17800 US Highway 27
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(800) 225-5292

Dates: May 23-26, 2014

Robin Lake Beach is the place to be during the Memorial Day Weekend Festival at Callaway Gardens. Comprised of over a mile of white sand beach surrounding a 65-acre lake, Robin Lake Beach will play host to the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® , dancing in the sand to live music and the Callaway Gardens Farmers Market. As always, great food and lots of fun will be on hand thanks to a floating playground, paddle boats, miniature golf course, shuffleboard, table tennis and more. On Monday, the Florida State University High Flying Circus is slated to kick off its 2014 performance season at Callaway Gardens. Special accommodation packages are available for families who want to plan a Memorial Day staycation.

Memorial Day Weekend
Georgia Renaissance Festival
6905 Virlyn B Smith Road
Fairburn, GA 30213
(770) 964-8575

Dates: May 24-26, 2014

This much-anticipated medieval fair is only open on weekends from April through June each year, but Memorial Day Weekend presents fans with an opportunity to enjoy all of the great shows, food and drink, unique shops and attractions on a rare Monday. Families planning to take part in the festive fun should visit the website before their visit for special promotions and details surrounding any special events happening at the festival that weekend.

Related: The History Of Memorial Day

Atlanta Jazz Festival
Piedmont Park
1320 Monroe Drive N.E.  
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275

Dates: May 23-25, 2014

This long-standing Atlanta tradition features performances by both jazz legends and some of the most promising artists on three stages over the course of three days. As one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the Atlanta Jazz Festival showcases unbelievable talent in the midst of one of the city’s most beautiful parks. Jazz fans should plan to grab a blanket and head to Piedmont Park to celebrate part of the Memorial Day Weekend through music.

Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on