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22 Best Memorial Day Deals for Veterans

It’s a somber holiday, and one we can enjoy because so many made the ultimate sacrifice


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Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember those who have given their lives to keep our country free. Many veterans spend time with their families to relax and reflect.

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All across the land there are parades, picnics and concerts. As a way of saying thank you to those brave individuals of our armed forces, many businesses and services offer freebies and discounts to veterans and current military personnel. 

Some of these discounts are not only offered on Memorial Day but throughout all of May, which is Military Appreciation Month. 

Remember to take your Veteran ID card with you — most places require it.

Here are some of the best deals: 

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Entertainment and experiences 

National Memorial Day Concert: This great event is free and open to the public. It is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and tickets are not required. The concert can also be enjoyed live on PBS stations and online via a livestream. The concert will be held on the eve of Memorial Day, May 28, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET. The lineup features AARP ambassador Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Mary McCormack, the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band and many more.

Blue Star Museums: There’s free admission for active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day, May 20, through Labor Day, September 4. Be sure to check the map on the website for participating Blue Star Museums, which include children’s museums, art museums, history and science museums, zoos, nature centers and more.

Colonial Williamsburg: Enjoy free admission for all service members and their dependents during Memorial Day weekend at this Virginia attraction.

Zoos: This site lists zoos around the country offering military discounts. Some, such as the Indianapolis Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo, offer free admission to military personnel and their families. 

Disney Parks: Through Disney’s Armed Forces Salute program, military personnel can get discounted tickets to Disney theme parks on Memorial Day and throughout the year. 

Six Flags Magic Mountain: Discounts are available on single-day and season passes to this Los Angeles attraction,

Sea World: Waves of Honor entitles any U.S. active-duty military member, activated or drilling reservist, or member of the National Guard to one complimentary admission per year for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.

Restaurants

Chick-fil-A: 10 percent off 

Denny’s: Between 10 and 20 percent off 

El Pollo Loco: 15 percent off 

Fuddruckers: 15 percent off 

Long John Silvers: 10 percent off with ID valid throughout the year on Military Monday

Outback Steakhouse: 10 percent off

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Shopping and retail services

Ace Hardware: Get a free 8″ x 12″ American flag at participating locations — no purchase necessary.

Eyemart Express: 20 percent off 

Ford Motor Company: Cash reward for military personnel to use toward the purchase or lease of an eligible Ford or Lincoln

Home Depot: 10 percent off purchases 

Jiffy Lube: Active-duty, retired and veteran military personnel can score 15 percent off year-round.

Kohl’s: 15 percent off every Monday in May for all military personnel and their families

The North Face: 10 percent off your order for all military personnel, their spouses and their dependents.

Pep Boys: 10 percent off all parts and services

Sleep Number: 20 percent off Sleep Number 360 smart beds, bases and most bedding

Bottom line 

Memorial Day is a somber occasion, and while enjoyment is part of any holiday, never forget that Americans are able to celebrate this day because of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many. 

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