Big thanks to the men and women of the US Armed Forces and your family members for your service to our great country and nation. As America honors those who gave their lives in defense of their country on Monday the 28th, many companies are offering their appreciation for military members and veterans with some great deals.
I will be adding updates up until Memorial Day so check back daily for new deals.
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2018 Memorial Day Military Discounts, Offers, and Appreciation
As Memorial Day nears, brands all over the nation are offering exclusive discounts to military men and women and their families as a way to say thank you for their service and sacrifice. This year, active duty, veterans, reservists, National Guard, retirees, and their families can all choose products and receive special discounts on educational and communication software, electronics, clothing, and so much more. Hope you can take advantage of many of these and be sure to share this with your fellow veteran.
Food and Restaurants
Save 15 percent at participating locations daily with your military ID.
Get 20 percent off your entire check Memorial Day weekend at participating Denny’s locations.
Buy a regular or giant sub and get your chips and drink for free Memorial Day weekend!
Active duty military and veterans can pick an item from the Memorial Day menu for free on May 29. Menu items include buffalo chicken salad, buffalo chicken sandwich, burger or 10-piece traditional or boneless wings.
Logan Roadhouse is proud to offer active-duty and veteran military service men and women a 10% discount on their meals every day. Just show a valid military ID or proof of service to your server.
Family meals for four to five people will be 40 percent off Memorial Day weekend.
Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse), active members, veterans, and National Guard are welcomed to a free entrée for lunch or dinner on Monday, May 28th.
Free sandwiches for select military personnel each day of the week prior to Memorial Day. Check out their Facebook page for updates!
We invite all veterans and active duty military to be our guests on Memorial Day, Monday, 5/28. Purchase any meal and enjoy a free entrée* from our 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu. Just present your proof of service.
On May 29, buy one entree from O’Charley’s $9.99 menu, get one military or veteran meal free.
Veterans, active duty members of the military, and their families will receive 15 percent off on Memorial Day at Outback Steakhouse.
All veterans, servicemen, and women and their families get 10 percent off their meals through July 4.
*Texas de Brazil
Veterans and active duty military can get 50 percent off a regular-priced dinner with this offer.
Receive up to 30 percent off depending on location with valid military ID.
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Through May 31, the grocer is offering customers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on spare ribs. The company also is donating $1 to Hope For The Warriors for every dozen roses or Stars and Stripes bouquet sold.
*Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ)
Adventure Aquarium is honoring all active and retired Military veterans with a special offer of $4 off admission for up to four additional members of their party with valid military ID. This offer is available at box office only.
Thanks to a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018. The list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. This list will be updated throughout the summer as more museums sign up.
Provides active duty and reserve members free admission and a 50 percent discount for up to three family members. This offer can only be claimed at the front gates (no online purchases available). Military discounts are not applicable on Wednesdays at the zoo or aquarium.
*Busch Gardens (Tampa, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia)
Offers the Waves of Honor program —any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. This deal is also available for SeaWorld, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, Sesame Place and Aquatica SeaWorld Waterpark. Plus, receive a 50% off discount on a SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card for any qualified service members and veterans including active, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military (limit 5).
*California's Great America (Santa Clara, CA)
California’s Great America is proud to announce a special event in honor of our nation’s military heroes: To honor their guests who serve in the military, all active or retired military members will receive free admission to Great America on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Just show valid ID at the ticket booths to participate in our military salute.
California State Parks
Honor men and women who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces this Memorial Day by offering free admission at participating state parks.
“This free day not only honors Armed Forces and veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country, but it also gives them the opportunity to enjoy California’s amazing, diverse and wonderful parks and explore their history and beauty,” said Lisa Mangat, Director of California State Parks.
Participating state parks include 133 parks that are accessible with the “Surf Explorer” Annual Pass, plus eight State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRAs), as well as the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.
Veterans, active duty, and reserve military personnel must show a valid military I.D. or proof of honorable discharge (e.g., a signed copy of form DD214), in order to receive free admission.
The free admission is part of AB 150 (Olsen), signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. last year, which authorizes California State Parks to offer veterans, active duty or reserve military personnel for the United States Armed Forces and the National Guard of any state a reduced or free day use at participating California state parks.
California State Parks will also offer free admission for active duty or reserve military and veterans on Veterans Day, November 11.
The department also has a free “Distinguished Veteran Pass” for honorably discharged war veterans who are residents of California, prisoners of war or recipients of the Medal of Honor.
To view requirements and to find out how to apply for this pass, please visit California State Park’s website at www.parks.ca.gov.
- Special Military Offer – Save an additional 5% off (up to 15% off) on any Caesars Entertainment Hotel booking with verified military ID! Book NOW!
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*Carowinds (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Amusement park hosts Military Days (May 27-28 & July 2-8) and offers free admission for military members (active, inactive, or retirees) to the park.
*Cincinnati Zoo (Cincinnati, Ohio)
All members of the military — active and retired — will receive FREE admission to the Zoo on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veteran’s Day. The offer also allows military personnel to purchase up to six (6) half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family.
*Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Colonial Williamsburg is offering FREE admission during Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday, May 25-28th, to all active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, national guardsmen, and their immediate dependents.*
Your FREE admission includes:
- Admission to more than 40 historic trades and sites
- Admission to our two world-class art museums
- Complimentary shuttle service
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All active, retired, and veteran Military members get into Crayola Experience FREE in the month of May! PLUS your family members receive 25% OFF admission*. In order to receive the discount, a valid Military ID must be presented at the admission desk.
*Family includes spouse, children, and grandparents.
Receive a special reduced military rate now through December 19th when you book this offer at 407-939-5684.
*Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Allentown, PA)
Free admission for active duty and retired military personnel from May 26th – May 28th as well as on July 1st – July 4th.
*Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster, PA)
Free admission on Memorial day for active and retired military personnel.
In addition, a special discount of up to $11 off full-price One-Day Admission to active and retired military personnel and their party during the summer season (April 28-October 7, 2018). Ages 3-59 are $33.99, Senior (ages 60-69) are $28.99, and Senior Plus (70+) are $20.99. Valid military ID is required.
Military members receive +gold status (the highest membership tier) in the travel rewards program, Expedia+. This tier of the rewards program offers exclusive benefits, like complimentary amenities and room upgrades. Now through December 31, 2018. Get details on the offer here.
*Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia)
Celebrating Memorial Day all weekend long (May 26-28) with extended fireworks shows, live entertainment, special offers and more. Plus – all active members and veterans get FREE admission to the park!
*Kings Island (Mason, Ohio)
Kings Island is offering free admission to active and retired members of the U.S military during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 25 through May 28. Military who qualify for the free admission ticket includes active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. A valid military ID must be presented at Kings Island to take advantage of this offer.
*Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA)
Show your Military I.D. card at the Knott's Berry Farm ticket booths to save on Knott’s Berry Farm Regular admission tickets! Show your ID to purchase Knott’s Berry Farm Regular admission tickets for only $50. Save time and receive an additional discount by purchasing your tickets in advance online. Sign up via our partner, ID.me to purchase in advance or visit your local Military Ticket Office on base.
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LEGOLAND California is opening their new Legends of Chima Water Park Memorial Day weekend. All active duty military personnel, National Guard, and Reservists can receive military discounts, including a second free day.
*LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
Active duty U.S. service members receive complimentary theme park and water park admission year-round. Additionally, veterans, retirees, reservists, guard members and military family members can save up to 10 percent on theme park and water park tickets while receiving a second day free upon advance verification of military service. Complete details are available at legoland.com/florida/buy-tickets/military/.
*Michigan’s Adventure (Muskegon, MI)
Free admission for retired, active, National Guard, and Reserve personnel. Plus, you can purchase additional tickets for only $26 at the front gate.
*Myrtle Beach (SC)
Myrtle Beach again will host Military Appreciation Days during May 2018. This month-long celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA, LLC, as a “thank you” to our dedicated service men and women – and their families. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, the National Guard and veterans from all service branches. To see the listing of discounts and offers, click here.
*Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, Connecticut)
As a thank you to active and retired United States military personnel for their service to our country, Mystic Aquarium is offering free admission for United States Military Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members May 26 to 28 with Military ID. Family members with U.S. Military ID receive a discounted admission rate of $20.99 per adult, $15.99 per youth (13-17) and $13.99 per child (3-12) when each person shows their U.S. Military ID.
The discounts don’t stop there! Shop Mystic Aquarium’s Gift Store and receive 10% off by showing your Military ID.
One of the most beautiful places to spend Memorial Day is at one of the over 400 national parks. Active military members and their dependents can get a free annual national parks pass (an $80 value) which is a great way to save money while visiting them.
Veterans and active duty military as well as any family members who accompany them receive free admission on May 28.
*Sandals Resorts Thank You
In appreciation of your services and commitment, Sandals Resorts would like to extend a great offer just for you! Enjoy a well-deserved vacation to the Caribbean with endless white sand on some of the world's most exquisite beaches, savory dining experiences, lush accommodations, unlimited refreshing beverages, exciting watersports and much more. At their Luxury included resorts, you can truly delight in love from Jamaica to St. Lucia, Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada, and Barbados.
*Schlitterbahn Water Park (locations in Texas and Kansas)
Military and First Responders Get Free Admission Starting Memorial Day.
Members of the Military, Police, Firefighters & EMTs will be welcomed at every Schlitterbahn waterpark FREE starting on Memorial Day and continuing through June 3rd. It’s a tribute to the hard-working first responders and members of the armed forces who dedicate their lives to the safety and freedoms of everyone in their community. Of course, it’s much more fun to visit with family, so in addition to the free ticket, the spouses and dependents of our American Heroes are welcome at a deep discount – 50% off the gate price.
Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist or National Guardsman is entitled to a free one-time admission to any SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment amusement parks. Check out Wave of Honor here for tickets and more details.
The Virginia Aquarium is proud to honor our military with a special Military May discount! On Sundays and Mondays in May, anyone that shows a valid military ID will receive 50% off the purchase of an Aquarium admission. May not be combined with any other discount or offer. Tickets must be purchased in person.
Acceptable identification includes Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired/dependent); Veterans Affairs ID card; Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES); Drivers License with Veterans Designation; government (local, state, or nation) ID with individual photographed in uniform; wearing your uniform (if your service permits); Veterans Organization Card (e.g. American Legion or VFW); Federal Veterans ID Card; DD214; discharge paperwork; or other form of military identification.
Check your local zoo to see if admission is free this weekend, and what the rules are—some are free all weekend long, while others waive admission just on Monday. Zoos are among those with free entrance for visitors with military ID.
- Portland, Oregon
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Bronx Zoo
- Central Florida Zoo: Free admission on Monday, May 28, to active military and veterans with ID or proof of status. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL. Get more details here.
- Buffalo Zoo: In recognition of the work of the U.S. military, both active and retired, the Buffalo Zoo will offer a year-round military discount. The venue said it recognizes the important and long-term role of all branches of the military, their impact on history, their place in the world today, and how they shape the security of the nation for the future. Military personnel and their dependents with valid I.D. will receive a 50-percent admission discount. Again, this discount will be in place year-round. The Buffalo Zoo is located at 300 Parkside Ave.
- Memorial Day Sale! Save up to $150 on an Amore Beds mattress and Receive up to 2 FREE Pillows ($120 value), PLUS 50% Off Copper Ion Fabric Upgrade! For a limited time only at AmoreBeds.com!
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If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy a new set of wheels, you should act fast. Many car dealerships offer huge discounts and deals Memorial Day weekend that are not limited to active military members or veterans. Most dealerships, though, do offer year-round discounts to active or retired military personnel, though the details often vary according to the geographic area.
- Chevrolet: Offers include an array of lease deals and cash allowances ranging from $1,750 to $2,750 on select 2016 models. This deal is not limited to veterans or active military personnel and is going on now through the end of May. Chevrolet also is extending its military discount to include all veterans, active duty members, reservists, National Guard members, and retirees, along with their spouses, until May 31.
- Dodge: Dodge's Memorial Day discounts include at least $500 in Memorial Day bonus cash on select 2016 Dodge Charger models that are in stock. The offer expires May 31 and is not limited to veterans or active military personnel. Dodge also has a Military Incentive program, in which military members and certain veterans can receive up to $500 in military bonus cash on select models.
- Hyundai: Active, retired or veteran military members — and their spouses — can enjoy $1,000 off eligible 2015, 2016 and 2017 model-year new Hyundai vehicles as the automaker doubles its usual military discount for Memorial Day.
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Direct Energy is commemorating Memorial Day by lowering their already discounted military rates for a limited time. This Memorial Day Weekend, military families have access to exclusive, employee-only pricing. To get a discounted rate, click HERE.
DISHForMyRV now offers a Military Discount Program to reward military veterans and service men and women an exclusive $40 discount on the purchase of a DISH® Portable Satellite TV Antenna Bundle in its online store, DISHForMyRV.com. With this system, you can set up an HD satellite entertainment center and watch TV anywhere. The portable antenna locks into the satellite and is powered by a receiver that brings the signal to your TV. Setup takes just a few minutes before you are watching TV in HD. Visit our Military Page to learn more.
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Proud to now offer a 25% discount on all parts, accessories, and filters purchased on Frigidaire.com to military servicemen and women.
*Frank & Oak
Extends a 10% discount on stylish men’s jeans, suits, shirts, and more to past and current service members, military families, and first responders. Visit https://www.frankandoak.com/militarydiscount to verify your eligibility.
Proudly offers a 10% Military Appreciation discount on purchases in stores and online. Visit helzberg.com/military for details.
Like Lowe's, All veterans are eligible for Home Depot's 10% military discount with a DoD-issued ID, a DD214 or a Veterans Driver’s License. (This discount is good for veterans on July 4th and Veterans Day as well.)
Buy $100 worth of product from IKEA Memorial Day weekend and get a free meal from their food court.
Receive a free 8×10, free session fees, a $99.99 digital album, and 50% off your photo purchase or $3.99 traditional portrait sheets when you present your Military ID and the printable coupon.
10% off total purchase every day. See more details on their website.
Show your military ID card at any Michael’s Arts & Crafts to receive a 15 percent off discount.
Offers a 20% military discount on their patented, premium, anti-colic bottles and accessories at MiiBaby. All of MiiBaby’s glass bottles are made in the USA.
- Memorial Day Coupon – 10% off $49+ and 15% off $149+ using code: SALUTE2018. Valid 5/21 to 5/30.
- Memorial Day Deals – Save up to 30%. Valid 5/21 to 5/30.
Newegg thanks military personnel for their service by giving them a year subscription to Newegg Premier for free. In addition to the expedited shipping, free returns, exclusive deals and other perks Premier members receive, active duty military, reservists, veterans, and dependents receive a 50% discount off of shipping when using an APO address. Learn more at http://www.newegg.com/MilitaryPremier.
Save 10 percent at Nike.com and U.S. Nike retail stores throughout the year as an active duty, retired or reserve member of the armed forces.
To celebrate, Athentech is increasing their everyday military discount on Perfectly Clear photo editing software to 40%. Click here for the Perfectly Clear discount.
Recognizing military service by introducing a 35% discount on military grade screen protectors, cases, and other cell phone accessories. Visit PureGear for more details.
Expanded their 10% military discount to include subscription services, downloadable audio lessons, and phrasebooks. Get Rosetta Stone Here.
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Celebrates our active duty military, veterans, reservists, National Guard and military families by offering 15% off the only reading glasses you'll never be without. Claim your discounted “stick anywhere, go everywhere” reading glasses at ThinOPTICS.com/heroes.
Software and technology product discounts for active military, veterans and military facilities on a wide selection of popular software and technology products. Save big on products from Microsoft, Corel, Apple, Intuit, HP, Bitdefender AntiVirus, Total Training and much more. Shop online and save big at www.ThinkMIL.com.
During Memorial Day weekend only, TOMS is increasing their everyday military discount to 10%. Shop shoes, sunglasses, bags and more at TOMS.
*US Air Purifiers
A Midwestern firm specializing in the sale of high-quality residential and commercial air purification systems has announced that it will be offering a 5% discount to military members on all Austin Air products. The military discount can be used by typing in the coupon code “military 5” at checkout on USAirPurifiers.com.
U.S. Polo Assn.
- Memorial Day Pre Sale – 60% Off Site-wide (exp: 5/23)
- Memorial Day Weekend Bash – 60% Off Site-wide! (5/24-5/29)
- Two Days Only! All Men's & Women's Polo Shirts $19 PLUS All Boys' Polo Shirts $9.99, Coupon Code: M4R7U8 (5/30-5/31)
Valleyfair is honoring our Hometown Heroes with Military Appreciation Days.
- Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28
- Fourth of July Weekend, Jun 30 – July 4
Any member of the armed service, active or veteran, will receive a free regular admission ticket into Valleyfair. Along with free admission, members of the military will be able to purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $35 per ticket. A valid military ID must be presented at a Valleyfair ticket window to receive this offer.
On Monday, May 28, veterans, active-duty military and immediate family members with a Walgreen Balance® Rewards card and proof of service receive 20 percent off eligible regular-price store items at Walgreens stores.
Memorial Day Weekend Events
A day of remembrance and many events throughout the country you can attend to honor our military.
For a schedule of Memorial Day ceremonies (parades, speeches, music performances, etc.) at VA national cemeteries, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Washington DC and Surrounding Area:
Sunday, May 27, 8:00 PM
Monday, May 28, 2:00 PM
The nation's largest Memorial Day event, the National Memorial Day Parade, will take place on Monday, May 28th at 2:00 pm EDT along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. Saluting our military & fallen heroes from the American Revolution through Afghanistan & Iraq.
On Monday, May 28, 7:00 PM, enjoy complimentary tickets for Life & Remembrance at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.
Fleet Week (NYC)
Fleet Week New York is May 22-29. There will be many Memorial Day events, including ship tours, demonstrations, and parades.
- 9/11 Memorial Museum
The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers veterans discounted admission and 9/11 family members are free. Active/retired military FREE with military ID.
- 9/11 Tribute Center
Military members receive a $5 discount on admission to the 9/11 Tribute Center and a $5 discount on guided tours.
- The Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium give active duty and reserve members free admission and a 50 percent discount for up to three family members. This offer can only be claimed at the front gates (no online purchases available). Military discounts are not applicable on Wednesdays at the zoo and aquarium.
The Intrepid Museum offers active duty and retired military free admission to the Intrepid and Intrepid/Space Shuttle Pavilion. Veterans get $7 off the All Access Pass.
This fare is offered at a 25% discount off the one-way station fare. Special military fares are issued to active-duty members of the armed forces who present their valid active-duty identification cards at the time of purchase. Tickets are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. Military tickets are sold only at ticket offices and are valid at all times (peak and off-peak) on all Metro-North trains.
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