Guests enjoy riding Tsunami Surge this week at the new Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park. The world’s first hybrid zero-gravity slide, Tsunami Surge, will send thrill-seekers down five stories to the splash pool waiting below. It all starts with a drop through an enclosed tube into a whirlpool bowl with 360-degree curves and then out into a massive wave wall, for a moment of zero gravity, or weightlessness. Hurricane Harbor is free with admission to Six Flags Over Georgia. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: Hyosub Shin
Photo: Hyosub Shin

5 ways Atlantans celebrate Memorial Day weekend

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.

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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.

5 free things to do in Atlanta 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.

Stone Mountain Park's Salute the Troops Weekend will offer discounts for both active and retired military, an extended patriotic fireworks finale, and special fire effects at the Lasershow Spectacular.
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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.

May 11, 2017 - Lawrenceville, Ga: Gwinnett Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb (15) delivers a pitch to a Toledo Mud Hens batter during their game at Coolray Field Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Lawrenceville, Ga. PHOTO / JASON GETZ
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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. 

5 things to bring to a Memorial Day BBQ (besides beer)

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.

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