Memorial Day, which falls on Monday, May 29 this year, is a time to honor our fallen military heroes and to show appreciation for those currently serving in our nation's military and for our nation's Veterans.
As a "thank you" for their sacrifice and service, many restaurants and retailers offer special military discounts on Memorial Day and throughout the month of May.
Here are the top 22 military discounts, meals and freebies we found. Many are even available year-round for added savings.
Busch Gardens – Through the Waves of Honor program, military personnel and up to three guests may enjoy one complimentary admission to Busch Gardens in Virginia or Florida. Veterans can also purchase up to six additional tickets at a discount. Restrictions apply.
Colonial Williamsburg – A fun historical experience for the entire family, with hands-on activities and guided tours of original 18th-century buildings in Williamsburg, Virginia. On Memorial Day weekend (and Veterans Day), they offer complimentary admission for active duty military, Reservists, National Guard, retired military personnel, Veterans and up to three family members. Throughout the year, they offer 25% off of single-day passes and annual passes.
Chuck E. Cheese – Military families can buy "the Alpha," which includes 45 Play Points, a large pizza and four drinks for $33.99 or "the Bravo", which includes 100 Play Points, two large pizzas and four drinks for $57.49 ($65 value). Military ID required.
Cracker Barrel – Select locations offer 20% to 30% off with your military ID.
Mission BBQ – Starting May 15, 2023, all active duty service members and Veterans can enjoy a free sandwich on their designated day during Mission's annual Armed Forces Week. Details.
Old Country Buffet – 15% daily discount for active duty, reserve or retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID.
Outback Steakhouse – Military, Veterans, nurses, doctors and first responders receive 10% off with a valid medical, state, or federal service ID.
Texas Steakhouse – Active duty and retired military get 10% off with military ID.
Nike – Get 10% off most items on Nike's website for military professionals and select spouses and dependents. One perk is that you can use this deal up to four times in a month.
Adidas – Military personnel and Veterans, along with first responders, teachers, medical professionals and nurses receive 30% off at Adidas online or in-store.
Under Armour – 20% discount for active duty and retired military and Veterans as well as their families.
L.L. Bean – Professionals in the military field, including active duty, Veterans, reservists, and retirees can get a promo code for 10% off.
Reebok – Reebok's "Heroes Discount" gives military 30% off any purchase.
Rack Room Shoes – Offers a 20% discount off your entire purchase in stores on Memorial Day to anyone with a military ID.
Vineyard Vines – Offers 15% military discount, in store and online. Show your military ID or be verified online.
DiscountGlasses.com – Get 30% off eyewear. Online verification required.
Militarycontactlenses.com – Offers exclusive discounts on prescription contact lenses for military personnel.
Jiffy Lube – Active duty, retired and veteran military personnel can save 15% off year-round.
Home Depot – 10% discount to all military, Veterans, and their spouses, up to $400 annually. Valid military or Veteran ID required.
Lowe's – 10% off year-round to Veterans, military personnel and their spouses.
Sherwin-Williams – 15% military discount to active duty, retired and veteran military personnel and spouses year-round.
Sleep Number Beds – Active duty military and Veterans receive 20% off most Sleep Number 360 beds, all bases, and most bedding purchases.
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Resources: Military.com, myMilitaryBenefits.com, Veteran Life