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Get Away to Tennessee this Memorial Day

About 34.8 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for Memorial Day weekend, according to a study done by the auto club AAA. If you’re one of those travelers, come to Tennessee where there’s a long list of events planned throughout the state to honor the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. With music, food, horseback riding and much more, there’s no better place to kick off summer than in Tennessee.

EAST

Start your summer the right way by going to Take It to the Lake 2013 Memorial Day weekend at Cherokee Park in Morristown. Enjoy music by headliner Dustin Lynch (“She Cranks My Tractor”), great food, fun on the lake and fireworks. Tickets are $5.50.

Horseback Riding in Big South ForkHead to Big South Fork for a Memorial Weekend filled with horseback riding in the beautiful Big South Fork, referred to as the trail riding capital of the Southeast. True West, one of the best horse campgrounds in Big South Fork, will host a Memorial Weekend with a three-night minimum for campers. A catered dinner and live entertainment with dancing will be highlights for the weekend beginning May 25.

The White Knuckle Event is quickly becoming the Woodstock of the ATV world in Huntsville as thousands of people from the U.S. and some foreign countries come together for guided ATV rides, poker runs, mud bogs, concert and more. A $10 pass includes all-access to every event including the Saturday evening concert.

MIDDLE

Join Loretta Lynn, Joey + Rory, Joe Nichols and more artists for the 2013 Memorial Day Concert May 24-25 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, one of Tennessee’s top attractions in Hurricane Mills. Browse the Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum, 18,000 square feet which is home to a huge collection of awards and mementos from Loretta’s extensive career.

Stones River Battlefield Visitor CenterJoin Stones River National Battlefield for its Decoration Day 10 a.m. May 25 at the Stones River National Cemetery. Boy and Girl Scout organizations from Middle Tennessee will place American flags on more than 7,000 graves. Come back for the Memorial Day Service at 1:30 p.m. May 26 at the national cemetery rostrum for patriotic music, a reading of the names of veterans who have passed away since last Memorial Day and a wreath laying ceremony are planned.

Channel your inner hippie with over 1,000 fans during Memorial Day weekend at Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s May Festival, a three-day weekend filled with camping and Americana music in Crawford. The Americana singer-songwriters are taped for a public television music series which is broadcasted from the farm to over 70 million fans. The art studio on site also features local artists.

WEST

Get your Memorial Day weekend off to a great start at the Memphis Zoo Brew 7-10 p.m. May 24. Enjoy the special beer-tasting event with beers from around the world, great food and wonderful music. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. If you want the VIP treatment which includes early admission, specialty beers and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, tickets are $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers.

Memphis in May Sunset SymphonyCommemorate those who gave their lives for freedom with the 2013 AutoZone Sunset Symphony, the grand finale of the month-long Memphis in May celebration May 25 at Tom Lee Park. Take part in this time honored tradition as the symphony is orchestrated during a gorgeous sunset. The festivities include an air show at 6 p.m. and The Fantastic Firework Finale sponsored by Bank of America will conclude the event at 9 p.m.

Head over to Fort Pillow State Historic Park for their Memorial weekend programming season that includes outdoor activities and programs for all ages. Fort Pillow has archeological and Civil War significance as it has well-preserved Civil War earthworks on the Chickasaw Bluffs on its 1,650 acres with 20 miles of trails which mark the site of the Confederate Army’s fortifications, dating back to 1861.

Which Memorial Day events in Tennessee are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below!

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