Memorial Day Travel Expected to Drive Visitors to Atlanta

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Memorial Day weekend is expected to generate the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years, according to AAA Travel. While many travelers come into Atlanta for the long weekend, some residents look to stay close and make plans for a day trip. Beginning Friday, May 22, numerous events across town will begin to draw crowds to Atlanta for the federal holiday.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival will fill Piedmont Park with the sounds of legendary acts like Pharoah Sanders, The Rad Trads and Diane Schuur. Known as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, this annual event runs throughout the month of May at various venues in the city and concludes with a large festival Memorial Day weekend. Three stages highlight headlining performances, international acts and local talent while celebrating the music genre.

Another popular Memorial Day weekend tradition is Zoo Atlanta’s Brew at the Zoo, offering adult guests a unique way to experience the attraction including the newest exhibit – Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience. On Saturday, May 23, the zoo will be filled with bands, a video game truck, ping pong, giant Jenga, mini-golf and plenty of libations amid the collection of nearly 1,400 animals. Live musical performances include Electric Avenue, Destitute Way, DJ Sky, Little Country Giants and The Georgia Flood.

Stone Mountain Park is widely known for its tribute to American troops on this weekend each year. Family-friendly activities like SkyHike, Geyser Towers and the Summit Skyride entertain everyone during the day while fireworks and the famous Lasershow Spectacular wow crowds once the sun goes down. This choreographed musical celebration includes three flame cannons as it honors the men and women of the United States military.

CityPASS is another great way to explore the city, providing guests with tickets to five attractions including two of the newest in Atlanta – the Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. For more information on holiday events throughout the city, visit

Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.