Ah, Memorial Day weekend! That lovely official start to summer! Also, one of our most poignant holidays, spent remembering those who died while serving our country. This weekend has so many things going on, we almost need a fourth day to enjoy them all. Here are your best bets!
Memorial Service, National Cemetery
First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was initially know, was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. The name “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882. The day was declared a federal holiday in 1968. The Boy Scouts of America will place flags on all graves tomorrow. Monday, there will be a service held at 11 am at the National Cemetery, located at 1200 Bailey Ave. Free. Open to the public.
There is something about the 80’s that is a little bit cringy and a little bit awesome. For those of us who experienced it, the nostalgia has taken over the cringe factor. This Friday, you can relive your days as a Pac Man playing, A.L.F loving, Karate Kid watching goofball and catch 80’s cover band Rubik’s Groove as they bring the 80’s to Chattanooga. This is a cover band extraordinaire and offers a fun night out. Songbirds 35 Station Street. 9pm. $15.
Chattanooga is one of the most beautiful places on earth, as far as I am concerned. With all of the natural beauty, it makes sense that photography is a huge draw. Saturday you can combine both photography and hiking! Reflection Riding, located at the base of Lookout Mountain, offers a course on photographing nature, while in nature. Participants will hike approximately 1 mile learning the basic tips of photographing and looking for fungi, ferns and other interesting foliage. Suggested donation of $10. 12 noon. Reflection Riding 400 Garden Road
Chattanooga Street Food Festival
We all love the taco, grilled cheese, burger and donut trucks that seem to be ubiquitous at any outdoor event these days. I personally am happy to stand in line at the very best Korean truck to sample their wares every time I go to Atlanta. If street food is your jam, you are in luck! Saturday, from 11-6, prior to the Chattanooga Futbol Club game, the street food vendors of Chattanooga and beyond will be gathered to allow you to indulge. Everything from standard burgers and tacos, to Popsicles and rice bowls will be available. There will also be live music! Can’t make it Saturday, head over on Sunday during the Chattanooga Market to catch the same vendors. Street Food Festival hours: 1-6 pm
Chattanooga is a very active city. We are hosts to all kinds of sporting events from two different Irom Man races to running and paddle races. This Sunday, kids as young as 6 can join in the competitive spirit and explore the joy of adventure sports. The first annual Try Kidz Duathlon will be held at the Goose Hollow trail head of the Tennessee Riverwalk. Kids will compete in running and cycling, with various distances based on age. More info and registration can be found online. Try Kidz also offers summer camps for kids of all ages. The event is ages 6-14 years.
There are so many wonderful things going on this weekend, and fun to be had just by being in town. Take a ride along the Tennessee Riverwalk, or hike along the Guild-Hardy Trail on Lookout Mountain. Grab a drink on one of the many outdoor patios and take in all Chattanooga has to offer. Happy Memorial Day! Summer is here to stay!