Memorial Day 2022 Freebies & Deals
Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2022. If you serve our country, then we thank you for your service!! Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1868, to honor those lost in service to our great country. As a result, it was formally known as Decoration Day.
Of course, many retailers and restaurants offer deals for active military and veterans for Memorial Day. Here’s a list of freebies and deals we’ve found for Memorial Day! In other words, you can get free food, free admission, and discounts on airlines, cars and more. Of course, most of these offers do require a valid military ID.
Free American Flags at Ace!
Stop by and pick up a Free American Flag at Ace Hardware! If you’d love a free USA Flag, then head on down to Ace Hardware on Saturday, May 28! Because, they’re giving away a million FREE American Flags to anyone who wants one. They’ll also send a flag to a local VFW Post for every free flag they give away. This is not the first year they’ve given free flags. So, get down to your store while supplies last.
Free Meals and Discounts for Veterans and Active Duty Military on Memorial Day
For past Memorial Days, and on Veterans day, 7-Eleven has given free medium coffee or Big Gulp with valid ID for Veterans Advantage Members.
Offering veterans and active duty military who are Veterans Advantage members a discount of 20%! There are 340+ chain locations in 27 states and Puerto Rico.
Of course, Bubba met Forrest Gump while serving in the military, so it stands to reason that Bubba Gump would offer 20% off to veterans and active duty military every day. Bubba Gump has locations in CA, CO, FL, MD, MN, MI, NV, NY, TN, and TX.
Buffalo Wild Wings
B-dubs offers 10% off with valid ID, so don’t miss the chance to save on your delicious wings! They have over 1200 locations nationwide. Sign up for the Buffalo eClub to get free food on your birthday.
Participating Burger King locations offer military discounts of 10% off your order. So, be sure to ask at you local BK!
Participating locations nationwide offer military discounts of 10% off your receipt, so don’t miss the chance to save.
Chuck E. Cheeses Pizza
Traditionally, Chuck E. Cheese’s offers veterans and military discounts on bundled deals. So, check with your location (they’re in almost every state) to see if they’re participating.
Participating locations offer military discounts, so check with your Cici’s to see if they have a Memorial Day special for you. CiCi’s Pizza has nearly 300 locations nationwide in AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, NE, NC, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA.
Many of our restaurants do offer discounts. However, since most of our restaurants are individually owned, discounts vary by location. We suggest contacting your local Cicis to inquire about discounts offered at their specific restaurants. Please refer to our locations page to locate a Cicis near you.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Military can save from 20% – 30% at Cracker Barrel, depending on location. So, check with yours to see if they’re offering. Cracker Barrel is nationwide, with only 5 states that don’t have a location.
DQ offers military discounts at some locations; so, check with your neighborhood Dairy Queen to see if they participate and what their discount is.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Firebirds wants to treat the military to Free lunch or dinner entrée for active military and veterans. In other words, their Treat a HERO promo offers a FREE meal on Monday, May 31, 2021. So, dine with a veteran, active duty service member or Gold Star family and their lunch or dinner is our treat! You’ll get a free entree equal to or less than your purchase. There are 50 locations in 19 states — primarily in the Eastern and Central U.S., and Arizona.
At participating locations, Fuddruckers offers Military discounts of up to 15% off. They have locations nationwide in AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, KS, LA, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, and VA..
Hard Rock Cafe
Participating Hard Rock Cafe locations offer military 15% off with valid ID. There are 33 locations across the U.S.
All military personnel, healthcare workers and first responders get 20% off takeout orders. This offer is valid every day with a valid form of ID. In an effort to help keep everyone safe, Hooters is providing a convenient, worry-free option for customers to get their favorite wings – as well as beer, wine and spirits in participating states – through Hooters new curbside pick-up. Guests can now place an order curbside or simply order ahead of time and pick it up outside the restaurant, as Hooters Girls will be servicing all orders in the parking lot. There are more than 420 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 29 countries.
Wow! If you wear your uniform to Johnny Rockets, then they’ll give you a whopping 50% off your bill! Johnny Rocket’s has more than 350 locations internationally, and are located in 37 states, nationwide. Sign up for their Rocket E-Club and get a free burger!
In the past, LaMar has offered free coffee and donuts for all active and retired service men and women on Memorial Day. Check with your location to see if they’re participating this year. LaMars has locations in AZ, CO, KS, MO, and NE.
McCormick & Schmicks
Save 10% off lunch or dinner for US military members, veterans, nurses, doctors, and first responders. McCormick’s has 26 locations across the United States.
Free Mission BBQ sandwiches for select military personnel each day of the week prior to Memorial Day. Mission Barbecue has locations in CT, DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, MD, and MI.
In the past, 99 has offered free entree with any meal purchase at Ninety-Nine Restaurants with valid military ID required. Get a free appetizer on your birthday when you join the Ninety Nine eClub. They’re located in the Northeast, in CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI and VT.
Outback offers 10% off to military and veterans with valid ID. Outback Steakhouse has restaurants nationwide.
Pie Five Pizza
In the past, Pie Five Pizza has offered active military members, retired military members, and any current or past member of the Armed Forces/DoD can receive one personal pizza for free at participating locations. Check with your location to see if they’re joining in!
Offer valid for one free personal pizza. IN STORE ONLY for active military members, retired military members, and any current or past member of the Armed Forces/DoD. Must present valid military/veteran ID at register. Extra charge for gluten free crust, cauliflower crust and vegan cheese. Valid at these locations: Arkansas (Benton, Little Rock), Iowas (Ankeny), Kansas (Garden City), Kentucky (Lexington Fayette Mall), Missouri ( St Joseph), Oklahoma (Edmond, Moore, Owasso, Yukon), Texas (Allen, Euless, Fort Worth Alliance, Fort Worth Montgomery Plaza, Keller, Las Colinas, Lubbock, Murphy, Prosper). Not valid with any other offer, discount, or bundle. In story only.
Join their Circle of Crust rewards program, and get a free garlic butter breadstix. Pie Five Pizza has 33 restaurants with locations in the following states: AR, CA, IL, IO, KS, KY, MI, MO, OK, OR and TX.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Potbelly locations have given free sandwiches, salads or “pick-your-pair” BOGO deals to veterans and active duty military with an ID. There are more than 400 Potbelly Subs sandwich shops in 29 states and Washington D.C.
Active or veteran military can get a Free 8” Quiznos sub with the purchase of an 8” sub and 2 bottled drinks. Quizno’s has locations in 25 states, nationwide.
Each year, RC Wiley rolls out the discounts with a huge Memorial Day special! RC Willey has stores in CA, ID, NV and UT.
Rubio’s Coastal Grill
Rubios invites military and veterans to enjoy one free adult entree, with the purchase of another adult entree. To get this deal, show your military ID at a participating location. Check with the Rubio’s near you. Rubios has locations in AZ, CA and NV.
Shoney’s offers veterans, active military, and first responders 15% off with valid ID. Shoney’s has locations in 17 states, primarily in the South with additional locations in the Midwest and lower Mid-Atlantic states. Plus, get a free starter just for Shoneys eClub.
Free Admission for Military
- Blue Star Museums – Free admission for military families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
- Blue Star Theatres – Ultimately, the offer is a discounted or complimentary admission for all military personnel and their families, as well as veterans.
- Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and Sesame Place – Free tickets and discounts for the military from Waves of Honor.
- Colonial Williamsburg – temporarily closed
- Fly Over America – temporarily closed
- LEGOLAND Florida, LEGO Land New York, and LEGOLAND San Diego Receive FREE admission to LEGOLAND Resort & Water Park for ACTIVE DUTY UNITED STATES MILITARY.
- Michigan Adventure – event postponed
- National Park Service – Military and their dependents and get a FREE Annual America The Beautiful Park Pass. The ID that is required for this free pass is a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173). Must apply in person at a federal recreation site.
- United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery of course, military enjoy free tours.
Free Theme Parks & Water Parks Admission on Memorial Day
Big Surf Waterpark (Lake of the Ozarks, MO)
Reopening June 12.
Well, let’s see. Is it still called a “discount” if it’s completely free? ????
Big Surf is proud to honor our country’s servicemen and women by offering all active military personnel free and unlimited admission to our park, all season long. It’s just our little way of saying thanks for all that they do. Just bring current military ID to qualify. In addition, we offer a 20% discount to all immediate family members of military personnel with their dependent IDs.
California’s Great America (Santa Clara, CA)
Event postponed until 2021.
Carowinds (Charlotte, NC)
Carowinds honors America’s brave military service members with FREE park admission on the following dates:
Independence Day Week: June 27-July 5
Three November Weekends in Honor of Veterans Day: Sat/Sun Nov. 7-22
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Allentown, PA)
On May 25-27 and July 1-7 we will waive the regular admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. What’s more, Dorney Park’s special military offers extend beyond servicemembers to their families as well. Up to 6 immediate family members of military personnel can purchase tickets for only $29.99. Just bring a valid government-issued ID to receive these tokens of our military appreciation.
Kings Dominion (Doswell, VA)
Following local and regional COVID-19 health directives, our Memorial Weekend Salute was canceled for 2020 and will return in 2021.
Kings Island (Kings Island, OH)
Not Memorial day, but Military Appreciation days at Kings Island are on July 3 – 5.
“…we will waive the regular admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. What’s more, Kings Island’s special military offers extend beyond servicemen and women to their families as well. Up to six (6) tickets can be purchased for $35 each for immediate family members of military personnel. Just bring a valid government-issued military ID to receive these tokens of our military appreciation.”
Silverwood Theme Park (Coeur d’Alene, ID)
All military personnel and veterans (identification required) receive free admission to Silverwood Theme Park on May 23, 24 and 25, 2020. Their immediate family members (spouse and children) also receive a special discounted rate ($24.00 plus tax, ages 8-64, $19.00 plus tax, ages 3-7 and 65+, a savings of up to $14.00) when purchasing tickets at Silverwood’s front gate. For information call (208) 683-3400. Visit the Silverwood Theme Park website for details.
Valleyfair (Shakopee, MN)
On May 24-27 and July 4-7, we will waive the regular admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. What’s more, our special military offers extend beyond service members to their families as well. Up to six immediate family members of military personnel can purchase tickets for only $37 per person. Just bring a valid government-issued ID to receive these tokens of our military appreciation.
Worlds of Fun (Kansas City, MO)
On July 4 and Sept 7 we will waive the admission fee for all active military, including National Guard and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. We also offer free tickets for veterans with an honorable or medical discharge. Family members can enjoy special military offers, too. Just bring a valid government-issued ID to receive these tokens of our military appreciation at any ticket sales window located at the Worlds of Fun or Oceans of Fun main entrance.
Military Appreciation Days:
Independence Day (Sunday, July 4, 2021)
Labor Day (Monday, September 6, 2021)
Free Zoo Admission for Military
If you have family, then bring them along for these!
- Birmingham Zoo – closed
- Cincinnati Zoo– closed
- Indianapolis Zoo – closed
- Mystic Aquarium – Military Appreciation – May – As a thank you to all United States military personnel (active, retired, or veteran) for their service to our country, Mystic Aquarium offers a complimentary admission rate when each person shows their U.S. Military ID, Veteran’s Administration Card, or form DD214.
- Pittsburgh Zoo – closed
- Shedd Aquarium – closed
Other Military and Veteran Discounts
- Alaska Airlines – Active duty military can bring up to 5 free checked bags.
- Allegiant Airlines – Free checked baggage plus other additional free services. Of course, you must have a valid ID.
- Caesars Entertainment offers 35% off rooms as well as entertainment offers with valid ID. In other words, In honor of Memorial Day, Caesars Rewards is offering up to 35% off for veterans and active duty military who book future travel on Caesars.com from 5/24/21 to 5/31/21.
- Dell – Save 10% on your purchase with coupon.
- Delta Airlines – Free checked baggage. Must have a valid military ID.
- Fogo de Chao – 50% discount off a meal for the military on May 27 and 10% off for 3 guests.
- General Motors – Special discounts for military. Certainly, mention your affiliation when you are shopping for a new vehicle.
- Goodyear Auto Service – Free car care checks and 10% off of Goodyear Tires from May 23-27 with valid ID.
- Home Depot – 10% off entire purchase up to $500. In-store purchases only, and a valid ID is required.
- JC Penney – Free portrait for the military. Grab the printable coupon. But, be sure to bring your military ID. Because it’s required.
- Lowe’s – 10% off entire purchase, when you show a valid ID.
- Penske Trucks – Military discount on truck rentals. Save 10% with special promo code MILITARY
- Texas de Brazil – Veteran or active duty military receive 50% off the price of dinner or lunch.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame – get $5.00 off admission.