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Memorial weekend celebrations planned

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Family fun and live entertainment highlight Memorial Day weekend celebrations across Alabama.  Events include everything from one of the Southeast’s largest hot air balloon festivals in Decatur to an outdoor symphony concert in Montgomery.  

Other celebrations include the Smith Lake Park Memorial Day Festival in Cullman, the RXR music festival in Alexander City, the LuLu Palooza music event in Gulf Shores and a fireworks show at OWA in Foley. Special Memorial Day tributes are planned at the American Village in Montevallo and at Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores. 

The Alabama Tourism Department suggests the following Memorial Day weekend events.  For a complete calendar of events listing see www.alabama.travel.
 
Montgomery Symphony Jubilee Pops Concert- Montgomery
May 24 on the lawn of the Alabama Archives and History Building across from the Alabama State Capitol in downtown Montgomery. Picnic baskets, coolers, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome at this outdoor concert. www.montgomerysymphony.org/pops-concerts.  Free Admission.

Coalfest- Brilliant
May 24-25 in Brilliant.  Live bands, food, arts & crafts, and children’s activities at this annual festival.  www.facebook.com/brilliantalabamacoalfest.   Free Admission.

RXR Festival- Alexander City
May 24-25 at The Town Green at Russell Crossroads. Coolers, lawn chairs and dogs on leashes are welcome. Local and regional musical acts.  www.russellcrossroads.com. Free Admission.

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival- Decatur
May 25-26 at Point Mallard Park.  This festival is one of the largest free hot-air balloon gatherings in the Southeast, featuring more than 60 balloons with races, key grab, tether rides and a balloon glow.  www.alabamajubilee.net.  Free admission.

Beach Ball Drop at The Wharf- Orange Beach
May 25 at The Wharf in Orange Beach.  The Wharf celebrates the start of summer with a concert by country star Craig Campbell, live entertainment, rides, and the 6th annual Pepsi Beach Ball Drop. This year 5,000 beach balls will be released at the ball drop. www.alwharf.com.  Free Admission.

LuLu Palooza- Gulf Shores
May 25 at LuLu's at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores.  Live music all day on the outdoor boat stage.  www.lulubuffett.com.  Free Admission.

Smith Lake Park Memorial Day Festival- Cullman
May 25 at Smith Lake Park.  Live entertainment, arts & crafts and food vendors are part of this annual event on the lake. www.cullmancountyparks.com.  Free admission.

Living History Memorial Day Tribute- Gulf Shores
May 25 at Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores.  Historical interpreters dressed in U.S. Army uniforms from different eras will conduct special guided tours and give demonstrations throughout the day.  A wreath laying ceremony is planned for the Tecumseh. Artillery, small arms and other presentations will give visitors a glimpse of what military life was like at Fort Morgan through history. www.fort-morgan.org.  Admission Charged.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at OWA- Foley
May 25 at Downtown OWA.  Memorial Day celebration with a spectacular firework show and the kickoff to OWA’s summer-long nighttime DJ concert.  www.visitowa.com. Downtown OWA admission is free.

Memorial Day at the American Village- Montevallo
May 27 at the American Village. Events include musical tributes, historical re-enactments, wreath-laying ceremonies and special tours. Visitors can experience the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor.  www.americanvillage.org.  Free admission.