Memorial Day Discounts and Deals for Members of the Military

Update: This article was updated on May 18, 2020. Popular Memorial Day discounts such as free admission to Blue Star Museums and free amusement park tickets have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Deals on food have been modified for take-out. 

Memorial Day is first and foremost an opportunity to remember and honor members of the American military that have given their lives in service to our country. In doing so, many businesses use the day also as a chance to give a break to current or former members of the military and their families as a gesture of appreciation.

We've got a list of places where active duty and retired military personnel can find Memorial Day freebies, deals, discounts, and other special offers. Most of these are pitched toward Monday, May 25, but some of them cover the whole Memorial Day weekend. You will need a valid U.S. military ID to receive the military discounts, and it's always good to double-check your specific location if the discount is offered by a chain.

Restaurants

Hooters

Veterans and active duty service members can get a free entrée on Monday, May 27 at participating Hooters locations nationwide.

Outback Steakhouse

Every day the Steakhouse chain offers its "hero's discount" which gives military personnel, nurses, doctors, medical staff, police officers, and firefighters 10% off their bill with a corresponding ID.

McCormick & Schmick's

Gold Star parents and spouses, veterans, and active members of the military and National Guard get a free entrée on May 27.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral is pushing its Memorial Day special to Wednesday, November 11, where any person who has served in the U.S. Military can receive a free meal.

Home Chef

To honor military, medical personnel, first responders, and teachers, Home Chef is offering 50% off every first purchase of the meal subscription service.

Mission BBQ

The BBQ chain shop will be giving out free sandwiches to active and veteran military members from today to May 24th. The restaurant will be closed on Memorial Day our of respect for its employees.

Retail

Ace Hardware

The hardware store is partnering with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to give away one million flags. For every flag they give away, the chain will also donate a second flag to the VFW to place on veterans' graves.

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