Memorial Day means school is officially out (sniff), and we must solider on into summer. But it also means something much more. This year, organize your army for a weekend of family fun. Whether you want to thank the troops or take your little ones on a truly unique family outing, Atlanta offers many options for staging your own patriot act with the kids.

1st Air Cav, kids celebrate freedom

Roswell Remembers
Line up the littles for the largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia: Roswell Remembers. It focuses on honoring veterans in a non-political and non-commercial way, so everyone is sure to have a good time. From the beautiful music provided by the Atlanta Wind Symphony and Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes and Drums to an actual 21-Gun Salute, this program has a lot to offer. Just don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while listening to live music after the ceremony.

When: May 26, 10:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Cost: Free
Where: City Hall, 38 Hill St. Roswell, GA 30075
Online: Roswellmemorialday.com

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park: Memorial Day Weekend Salute The Troops
Stone Mountain Park, which is always an awesome choice for big fun with the family, is offering a three-day Memorial Weekend event. Enjoy all of the exciting activities, including Journey 2: The Mysterious Island –The 4-D Experience. Stay for the Lasershow Spectacular, featuring a special salute to the troops and an extended fireworks finale for all three nights. Bonus: Military personnel will receive a free Adventure Pass and lots of other great discounts.

When: May 24- May 26
Cost: Check their website for details
Where: U.S. 78, Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Online: stonemountainpark.com

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Callaway Gardens: Memorial Day Weekend Festival
Looking for a fantastic Memorial Day getaway for the family? Callaway Gardens is a great choice and it’s super close to home! This year’s festivities feature the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. There are also some fabulous recreation activities (paddle boats, anyone?) and an area devoted entirely to kids. You’ll also be able to listen to some great live music each day of the festival.

When: May 23- May 26
Cost: Check their website for details
Where: 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Online: callawaygardens.com

Jazz Fest

Atlanta Jazz Festival
Get down this Memorial Day weekend with some amazing Jazz music. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is kid-friendly, features musicians from all over the world and is one of the largest free music festivals in the country! Bring your own food and don’t forget to check out the artist market before you leave.

When: May 23-May 25
Cost: Free
Where: Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Dr. NE, Atlanta GA 30306
Online: atlantafestivals.com

Solider with Girl

Where will you spend Memorial Day weekend this year? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Jessica Obenschain

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Photos courtesy of Callaway Gardens via FacebookAtlanta Jazz Fest via FacebookJames EmeryDVIDSHUB, and Georgia National Guard via Flickr Creative Commons