Memorial Day in Alabama
Kickoff summer with some great Memorial Weekend events and activities across the state. Whether you’re looking to travel or for something to do between Memorial Day Parades–from north to south, we’ve got you covered on your Memorial Weekend plans.
Want to find the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Memorial Day Weekend? Take the family up to Florence, AL for a night or two enjoying the historic downtown area where there are plenty of restaurants, shops, and quaint parks nearby. You’ll certainly want to make a trip over to Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and view the falls, river, wildflowers, and overviews – you can even bring the family dog along!
The 24th Annual “Downhome” Soul and Blues Festival
If you love festivals, you won’t want to miss this. Two of the largest annual Blues festivals in Huntsville have merged this year creating the Old School and Blues Festival. The day-long festival will bring popular groups including The Manhattans, the S.O.S. Band, Denise LaSalle and more to John Hunt Park on Saturday. Gates open at 11 a.m on Saturday, May 23rd.
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
The Hot Air Balloon Classic is one of the largest free hot air balloon events in the south. The festival features over 60 balloons with various events for the whole family. The festival also spotlights arts and craft, food vendors, an antique car and tractor show, music, and activities for children. Join the fun in Decatur on May 23rd and 24th.
Check out Oak Mountain State Park, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, or Red Mountain Park for endless Memorial Weekend activities. From hiking and biking to zip-lining, swimming and fishing, Birmingham parks will keep you busy all weekend long. With fun for the whole family, you can’t go wrong with a visit to local parks.
Head to the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion for an authentic Luau on Saturday, May 23rd. Attendees will enjoy performances by the Aloha Islanders, including live hula and fire knife dancers. Dine on a traditional Luau buffet and watch the sunset as you enjoy a true unique experience.
Lake Martin, AL
Memorial Day, the traditional beginning of summer for those enjoying the outdoors, also means plenty of opportunities to enjoy life on the water. Lake Martin is home to the famous Chimney Rock where boaters tie up and bask in the sun. Always be sure to follow the Alabama Marine Police recommendations for conducting safe aquatic recreation, such as wearing approved flotation devices and moderating responsible drinking.
Have a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend, and remember what the day is all about. Check out our post here for the list of Memorial Day Weekend Must-Haves.