Memorial Day serves as a reminder of our servicemembers who paid the ultimate price and gave their lives in defense of our nation. Remembering their legacy and sacrifice is the best way we can honor them. Many companies, restaurants, and other organizations also use Memorial Day to honor military members and veterans for their service. The following is a list of some military discounts and activities that are available to military members, veterans, and in some cases, their families.
Military Discount Eligibility: Please keep in mind the following list is based on our research, and participation may vary. Most discounts are only valid with proper proof of service, which may include a military ID card, veterans ID card or VA health care ID card, drivers license with veterans designation, membership card for a veterans organization (DAV, VFW, American Legion, etc.), or similar form of ID.
Free Activities for Military Members and Their Families
Blue Star Museums: Over 2,000 museums in the US America offer free museum admission to active duty military members and their families, valid from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See full list of participating museums.
VetTix: VetTix is an organization that offers free event tickets to military members, veterans, and their families. Availability varies based on event, location, and other factors. The best way to keep up to date is to sign up for an account and their mailing list. We have more information on this article about VetTix.
Other Free Activities for Military Families: Many of the activities in the following list can be found year round. Be sure to check with your local base MWR location, your state veterans website, or your local county for other activities. Free activities for military families.
Restaurants – Free Meals and Discounts
Hooter’s. Monday, May 30: Free entrée from a special Memorial Day menu, Valid for military veterans, active duty military & spouses. Valid only at select Hooters locations in the U.S. Visit Hooter’s for more information.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Sat May 28 – Mon, May 30: 15% Military discount for active duty military. Valid military ID required. Logans Roadhouse.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks. Monday, May 30: Complimentary lunch or dinner entree for all active members of the U.S. Military, National Guard and Veterans. Offer only valid on Monday, May 30th. Items may vary by location. Click for more information.
Shoney’s. Monday, May 30: Free All-American Burger. Must be current or former US service member. Proof of military service is required, and the offer is valid for dine-in only. Shoney’s.
Twin Peaks. Monday, May 30: Free menu item from Twin Peaks Memorial Day Appreciation Menu. Valid for current and former military members, police, firefighters and first responders. Visit Twin Peaks for more info.
Memorial Day Military Discounts at Retail Locations
Cell Phone Discounts: Many cell phone providers offer special deals and discounts for current and former military. The list is too long to cover in this article, so please check out our military cell phone discounts page for more information.
Helzberg Diamonds 10% Military Appreciation Discount. Valid on purchases made in stores and online. Click here for more details.
Home Depot: 10% discount, up to $500. Valid for all current and former military on Memorial Day weekend. Home Depot offers military discounts to all veterans on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day, and offers discounts year round to current military, retirees, and disabled veterans (with ID). Learn more at our Home Depot Military Discount page.
J.C. Penney: 20% discount for current and former military personnel and family members of active duty, Reserve, and Guard personnel and military retirees.J.C. Penney military discounts.
Lowe’s: Lowe’s offers a 10% military discount to all current and former military members on and around the 3 major military holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. This offer is generally available year round to current military members, retirees, and disabled veterans (with ID). Learn more at our Lowe’s Military Discount page.
Microsoft Home Use Program: Active duty military, Guard, and Reserve members can purchase the entire Microsoft Office suite for $9.95 through the Microsoft Home Use Program Military Discount.
Rosetta Stone: 10% Military Discount available to military, veterans, reservists and National Guard. Save 10% on Rosetta Stone’s lowest pricing on award-winning language software. Visit Rosetta Stone for more information.
Under Armour: 15% for Memorial Day discount. Valid for current and former military. Under Armour offers a 10% military discount during for rest of year (and sometimes offers greater discounts around military related holidays). Learn more at UnderArmour.com.
Veterans Advantage: Veterans Advantage is a discount club open to current and former military members. There is a membership fee to join, but members are eligible for a variety of discounts including travel, insurance, retail, etc. that can easily pay for the cost of membership many times over. Learn more on our Veterans Advantage review, or visit their site.
Military Travel Discounts
Memorial Day is also recognized by many as the unofficial start of summer. School is out for many people, and many people take summer vacations. Here are some tips for finding military travel discounts and some discounts you can use now, or throughout the year.
- Armed Forces Vacation Club – Military Travel Discounts.
- Disney World Park Hopper Pass Military Discount.
- Expedia: Complimentary +Gold Status through Feb. 28, 2018. Available to active duty, Guard Reserve, retirees, and veterans. The +Gold tier is the highest Expedia membership tier. It offers exclusive benefits such as complimentary amenities and room upgrades upon availability at more than 2,000 +VIP Access hotels, 30-percent increase in bonus points for booked trips, travel discounts, and more. Sign up free here.
I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Memorial Day. To everyone who has either served, loved someone who has served, or otherwise supported our country in any capacity, I salute you. To those who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, words cannot express what our country owes you.
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