In the Know: 6 Things to Do in Chattanooga This Memorial Day Weekend

Austin Anthony

Searching for things to do this Memorial Day weekend beyond the family cookout? 

Although the National Weather Service forecasts clouds and a good chance of precipitation each day, the rain shouldn't be persistent enough to dampen all the fun and great deals.

So keep an umbrella handy as you check out these recently New York Times featured local businesses.

Flying Squirrel

One of the most iconic watering holes in Chattanooga, the Flying Squirrel, located in the hip Southside, will be offering a happy hour Friday and Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. During this time, they will feature the well-known “Burts Bird” fried chicken, as well as several discounted food and drink options. As always, the Flying Squirrel keeps a fresh, seasonal and varied menu that suits any palate. For more information, visit their website or call 423.602.5980.

Bike Chattanooga

Take advantage of Chattanooga's bike-friendly blueprint and explore the city on two wheels this weekend. In urban environments, like downtown Chattanooga, biking can be the most efficient way to get around. In an effort to make sure everyone has access to this transportation option, Bike Chattanooga offers the Bicycle Transit System. The Bike Chattanooga system features over 350 bikes and 38 docking stations providing convenient, 24/7 access to a bike from North Shore to St. Elmo, and the Tennessee Riverwalk to the University of TN at Chattanooga.  Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, system and neighborhood map, and docking points which release bikes using a member key or ride code. For further inquiries concerning Bike Chattanooga, visit their website or call 1.888.925.4415.


Is there anything more Chattanoogan than a MoonPie and an RC Cola? We can’t think of anything. This delectable snack, once considered a coal miner's treat, has transformed into a cultural icon of the South. Do your stomach justice and visit MoonPie Downtown for special Memorial Day deals, including a box of mini MoonPies, $0.50 each, or a dozen for $3.95. If you’re in the groove this weekend, don’t miss out on the new Tie Dye American Dream shirts. Also for Memorial Day weekend, MoonPie is offering a 10 percent discount off an entire purchase with the mentioning of this article. For hours or further information, visit their website or call 423.877.0592.

Hunter Museum

In the mood for an evening of cultural richness and vibrancy? Look no further than The Hunter Museum of American Art. The museum displays the work of American artists from the colonial period to the present. The Hunter Museum of American Art participates in Blue Star, and the program kicks off this weekend. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Blue Star Museums offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. For more information, visit their website or call 423.267.0968.


Considered by aficionados as the premier private collection of rare guitars in the world, Songbirds features approximately 1,700 significant guitars from the early 20th century to the 1970s. Decidedly family-friendly, the museum includes guitar lessons, performances and the chance to learn the human stories behind the guitars. For Memorial Day, Songbirds is offering a two for one deal for veterans. Additionally, all veterans in a group will be granted free admission with the purchase of one ticket. For more information, visit their website or call 423.531.2473.

Uncle Larry’s

Chattanooga is full of little nooks and hidden gems. Uncle Larry’s Restaurant is one of them. For a quick lunch or a takeout dinner, do your belly a favor and try the famous fried fish sandwich “slathered” in hot sauce. The sign outside says it all: “Fish so good it will smack ya.” Your mouth and your wallet will thank you. For Memorial Day weekend, Uncle Larry’s is offering a 10 percent discount off an entire purchase with the mentioning of this article. For further inquiries, visit their website or call 423.757.5894.

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