- Stephanie Toone The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Every Memorial Day weekend, metro Atlantans find numerous ways— from parades to commemorative races — to say thank you to those that lost their lives in the line of duty for this country.
But outside of those honorable, selfless acts, there’s a litany of other more self-serving celebrations that take place throughout the weekend to unofficially kick off summer.
There are too many happenings during Atlanta's Memorial Day weekend to completely list, but here are a few favorites that truly mean Memorial Day for the locals.
Atlantans will make a splash for the first time in 2017 Memorial Day weekend. Well, at least the first time they’ll be able to at the family favorite Six Flags Over Georgia. The amusement park welcomes summer Saturday with the opening of its beloved waterpark Hurricane Harbor. The waterpark opens at noon sharp, so kids, kids at heart and everyone in between can slide head first into Memorial Day weekend.
Speaking of getting wet, in and out of Atlanta's perimeter, wetsuit good times can be had by all at every local public park beginning this Memorial Day weekend. A dip in the pool is the perfect antidote to the sticky, icky feeling that near 90 degree weather this weekend is sure to bring.
When Atlantans have had enough of the water works, the world-renowned Stone Mountain Laser Show will bring a great reprieve. Lasershow producers will build on last year’s enhanced fireworks and flame cannons — which send blazing bursts nearly 100 feet. The Lasershow Spectacular will also feature a specially choreographed musical tribute devoted to the men and women who have served in the military. All the lit up excitement will take place at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
What's as All-American as Memorial Day? The country's favorite pastime - baseball. Though the Atlanta Braves will be playing at an away game Memorial Day weekend, the Gwinnett Braves will host a game at Coolray Field against the Syracuse Chiefs at 1:05 p.m. Monday, May 29.
There's one thing that likely 99.9 percent of Atlantans (not scientifically proven) will enjoy this weekend that won't require trapsing across town — the classic backyard barbecue. Nothing says Memorial Day weekend like a delectable, grilled burger , a cold one of the alcoholic or non-alcoholic persuasion and making memories with family and friends.