Memorial Day takes place on the last Monday of May each year. The main purpose the Memorial Day holiday is remembrance and commemoration of members of the United States military who died while serving their country. Unofficially, however, Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the summer vacation season.
Memorial Day weekend is observed throughout the United States with many special ceremonies, concerts, festivals, performances and more. This listing of Memorial Day weekend events in the Southeast U.S. offers an array of choices in various destinations across the region. Some events take place during the entire long weekend, while others are held on one or two days.
Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance - A National Moment of Remembrance takes place every year at 3 p.m. local time. More about the National Moment of Remembrance.
Memorial Day Weekend Events in Georgia
- Atlanta Jazz Festival - Atlanta
This annual 31-day schedule of events in May features world renowned jazz artists plus activities throughout the Metro Atlanta area and culminates during Memorial Day weekend with a free festival of dazzling performances in Piedmont Park.
- Decatur Arts Festival - Decatur
This community event features a fine arts exhibit, an artists market, performances and more.
- Georgia Renaissance Festival - Fairburn
Located just minutes south of Atlanta near Exit 61 of I-85
The eagerly awaited Georgia Renaissance Festival features eight weekends spring fun, including Memorial Day weekend. Colorfully costumed performers and nonstop entertainment, a 32-acre Artisan Market, thrilling rides and games, parades, great food, jousting contests, period activities and more take place throughout the Festival.
- Roswell Remembers - Roswell
This non-political, non-commercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made is Georgia's largest Memorial Day Ceremony.
- Memorial Day Weekend Salute to the Troops - Stone Mountain Park
This annual celebration of American spirit, which salutes our troops and their families, is Atlanta's largest Memorial Day weekend celebration. A patriotic musical fireworks tribute honors members of the military. All active and retired military personnel receive one free Adventure Pass with a valid ID, as well as special military discounts for beverages, merchandise items and accompanying family members. Note: Parking admission is not included.
- Food Lion Speed Street 600 Festival - Charlotte
Known as the world’s largest race festival and celebrating NASCAR’s strong heritage in the Charlotte area, this annual event features entertainment and family oriented fun for all ages.
- Battleship North Carolina - Wilmington
This traditional annual Memorial Day Observance features a military guest speaker, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute, military band, Taps, and a memorial wreath, cast onto the waters. In addition, several other Memorial Day Weekend events take place in historic downtown Wilmington and at area beaches. More Wilmington Area Memorial Day Weekend Events
- Garden Jubilee Festival - Hendersonville
The Garden Jubilee festival offers close to 100 vendors selling merchandise and plants for your lawn and garden, as well as handmade arts and crafts, good food, hands-on projects for children and more.