When asked what Memorial Day means to them, most people say things like “I get to go on vacation,” “I’m gonna barbeque,” or “I get to hang out with my family.” Sometimes you’ll even get a “it’s a holiday weekend,” but that’s hit or miss.
While all of those things are nice and often true, Memorial Day is really a time for reflection and remembrance for the men and women of the armed forces who lost their lives while serving our country. On Memorial Day, many businesses give discounts and deals to active service members and veterans in honor of those who are no longer with us.
Included is a list of special Memorial Day discounts that are available for veterans and service members. But don’t forget, many other businesses offer everyday discounts to current and past members of the military. So if you’re somewhere with your family this holiday weekend, don’t hesitate to ask about your military discount.
If you’re not a veteran but know someone who is, please be sure to pass this along!
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Get 10% off your in-restaurant order when you show your military or veteran ID.
Receive 10 free wings with a drink purchase.
Get a free appetizer when you spend $10.
Enjoy a free All-American Burger.
Travel and Fun
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, thousands of museums, art centers and exhibits are offering free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military service members and their families.
Enjoy free admission to the park May 24–26 with a valid military ID.
All active and retired service members receive free admission with ID, May 24–26.
Receive free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City, May 24–26, with valid military ID.
All active duty, National Guard and Reservists receive military discounts including a second free day.
Any active duty, Reservist or National Guardsman gets a free one-time admission to any SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment park.
Retail and Shopping
All active, reserve, retired and veteran military can receive the GM military discount on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac until June 30, 2014.
All active and retired military members, veterans and their families get a 25%-off discount for Memorial Day weekend.
Receive 10% off from May 22 – June 1 with a valid ID (this discount is good for veterans on all patriotic holidays). Additionally, a 10% discount is available every day to active and reserve military personnel as well as retired or disabled veterans and their dependents.
Receive 10% off on Memorial Day (also available on July 4 and Veterans Day).
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a schedule of Memorial Day events at VA national cemeteries across the country. Ceremonies vary by cemetery.
National Memorial Day Parade
The parade kicks off on Monday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. ET. The parade will be televised nationwide and will feature veterans from every conflict from World War II to Afghanistan. Learn more here.
National Memorial Day Concert
Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, PBS hosts the National Memorial Day Concert. Co-hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, the concert will take place Sunday, May 25, from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET.
New York Fleet Week
New York Fleet Week is May 21 – May 27, but on May 26, there will be many Memorial Day events, including ship tours, parades and a USO tailgate party before the NY Mets game.
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