Memorial Day

How to Celebrate the Weekend in Huntsville

Huntsville and north Alabama has some special events and traditions associated with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Hot Air Balloon rallies, picnics, flea markets, concerts and fireworks are just a few of the things you can enjoy in the Huntsville area.
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    Hot Air Balloons
    ••• Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic. © 2008 Jean Brandau licensed to About.com, Inc.
    May 23-24, 2009
    Free. 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic at Point Mallard Park in Decatur is one of the largest free balloon festivals in the Southeast, featuring balloon races, glows, kite flying, car show, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, children's area and a food court. Every Memorial Day weekend, on Saturday & Sunday, is a fun time to go to Decatur and spend the day or the whole weekend. In 2007, I went on my own hot air balloon ride.
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    Dog Days Flea Market

    Dog Days Flea Market
    ••• "Stuff" at Dog Days Flea Market. © 2008 Jean Brandau licensed to About.com, Inc.
    May 24-26, 2009
    Dog Day Flea Market is at 30444 Gowan Rd in Ardmore, Tennessee and sits on over 100 acres of land on an open field. The flea market actually started in the 1940's as a place where hunters would meet on Mondays to let their hunting dogs run in the woods and trade dogs; hence, the name: Dog Days. Memorial Day weekend is the busiest for Dog Days Flea Market with well over a thousand vendors plus many thousands of treasure hunters.
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    Memorial Day Service

    Flags om Maple Hill Cemetery
    ••• Flays at Confederate Graves in Maple Hill Cemetery. © 2008 Jean Brandau licensed to About.com, Inc.
    May 25, 2009
    Free. 10:30 am at Maple Hill Cemetery. Small American flags will have been placed at every military gravesite in the cemetery. The program includes a Color Guard, Veterans firing squad, band & bugler as part of the ceremony. Civic & local organizations are invited to bring wreathes & their organizational colors for the ceremony. Patriotic music will be performed before the program begins. For more information, call (256) 882-9374.
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    Cotton Row Run 5k & 10k

    ••• Running Through the Streets of Huntsville. ©2007 Michael Misianowycz – Harvest Action Photo
    May 25, 2009
    7:00 am Through the city. Run the Cotton Row 10K or run/jog/walk the Two Mile Memorial Run through the historic downtown area. For more information, call (256) 650-7063.
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    Military Vehicle Rally at Veterans' Museum

    ••• Memorial Day remembers Veterans. © 2008 Jean Brandau licensed to About.com, Inc.
    May 30, 2009
    Free to view outside rally; museum admission is $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 students. 10 am-4 pm at Veteran's Memorial Museum, 2060A Airport Road. The public is invited to visit the Museum, admire restored military vehicles & talk with the dedicated enthusiasts who restored them. The Museum also plans to display current military equipment, provided by Redstone Arsenal & representative of armament used by our soldiers in the war in Iraq. The Museum will also be open on Memorial Day, May 25th. For more information, call (256) 882-3737.
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    “Down Home” Blues Festival

    May 23, 2009
    Admission charged. Gates open at Noon, show at 1 pm at Jaycees Fairground, Airport Road. An outdoor celebration with emphasis on new & legendary soul & blues artists. Disabled Accessibility: Mobility Impaired (all one level, no steps, designated parking spaces) For more info, call (256) 536-4312.