Memorial Day is more than a long weekend. It’s a time to appreciate freedom, honor our veterans and appreciate family. There are ample ways to celebrate in Alabama this year. We chose some of our favorites…
Memorial Day at American Village
The American Village in Montevallo is an immersive experience that works to teach youth vital lessons of liberty. The village is adjacent to the Alabama National Cemetery, which makes it a hallowed ground to celebrate Memorial Day. Though American Village has been closed due to COVID-19, it will be open on Memorial Day. The National Veterans Shrine will be open for tours throughout the day. In addition, the Colonial Chapel will offer A Service to Remember America’s Fallen every half hour. It’s sure to be an englightening experience.
- Time: Monday, May 31, 10 A.M.-4 P.M.
- Location: 3727 Highway 119 S, Montevallo, AL 35115
- Contact: 205.665.3535 | Facebook
Brilliant, AL CoalFest
The 20th annual CoalFest in Brilliant, AL is taking place this Memorial Day Weekend. The festival will feature live bands, food, arts and crafts, clogging, children attractions and much more. Brilliant is located in the Sipsey Wilderness region, so there’s sure to be beautiful scenery as well.
- Time: 6:30-10 PM on Friday, May 28 and all day on Saturday, May 29
- Location: 1275 Main Street Brilliant, AL 35548
- Contact: 205.465.2281 | Facebook
Alabama Poppy Project
The Alabama Poppy Project honors our veterans through beautiful art. Julianne Hansen Fine Art & Pottery Studio will place thousands of ceramic poppies on the ground in downtown Prattville on May 30th. Each poppy is dedicated to a member of the Armed Forces who is no longer with us. This unique public art exhibit is the perfect way to honor Memorial Day.
- Time: Opening ceremony for the new exhibit will be on Sunday, May 30 at 6 PM. Exhibit open until June 5.
- Location: Field near Heritage Park, off South Court Street near Tichnor Avenue, Prattville
- Contact: 334.301.0336 | Facebook
OWA Memorial Day Celebration
Memorial Day is about celebrating freedom while honoring our veterans. There is no better way to celebrate than with fireworks! The OWA resort in Foley’s skies will light up on May 29th as a part of their annual Memorial Day celebration. OWA’s downtown is sure to be festive and lively, so get ready for a fun-packed Saturday!
- Time: Fireworks show on Saturday, May 29; events throughout the weekend
- Location: 100 N OWA Blvd, Foley, AL 36535
- Contact: 251.923.3443 | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Opelika Memorial Day Services
The Opelika Memorial Day Service honors veterans and their families. This in person event will have a special lineup this year, including a welcome by Mayor Gary Fuller, a poem by police officer Alejandro Reyna and a speech by Retired Navy Captian Michael Horsefield. After the services, the group will head to the Museum of East Alabama for an exhibition of Opelika memorabilia.
- Time: Monday, May 31 at 10 A.M.
- Location: 215 S 9th St, Opelika, AL 36801
- Contact: 334.705.5560 | Facebook
The Dirty Lungs at The Nick
Long weekends are the perfect time to dance, and The Dirty Lungs’ show at The Nick will be a great spot to boogie. The Dirty Lungs are a Birmingham-raised band that creates simultaneously mellow and passionate rock & roll. They’re performing alongside the Veeries and Kate Taylor Hollingsworth. It’ll be a celebration of Birmingham’s finest musicians!
- Time: Sunday, May 30 at 10 PM
- Location: 2514 10th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
- Contact: 205.252.3831 | Facebook
Sparks After Dark
Sparks After Dark at The Wharf in Orange Beach is a great beach vacation or day trip destination. The whole family can enjoy the sizzle and crackle of fireworks by the beach this Memorial Day. DJN Silky will also be spinning tracks at the event. Fireworks, the beach and music never disappoint!
- Time: Monday, May 31; DJ Silky from 6-9 P.M. and fireworks at 8:45 PM
- Location: 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
- Contact: 251.224.1000 | Facebook
For more ways to celebrate this weekend, visit https://bhamnow.com/2021/05/28/your-memorial-day-weekend-guide-to-birmingham-may-28-31/.