Memorial Day Freebies and Deals – 2018
Memorial Day is coming up on Monday, May 28 and we wanted to be sure you were aware of the various deals available both nationwide and in the Seattle area.
Just a reminder – Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died in service to our country. While it’s obviously very worthwhile to thank all who have served, this day is not the same as Veterans Day which is in November.
That being said, there are plenty of freebies and deals available to active duty military as well as veterans, and even some for regular old folks. Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to the list.
National Memorial Day Freebies and Deals (+ Military Discounts)
Present your military ID to get 15% off your total regular and sale purchase every time you shop.
A Story Before Bed
Parents who are members of one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who are deploying or already deployed away from their children for any amount of time are eligible to sign up for free recordings from A Story Before Bed.
On May 26, participating Ace Hardware stores will be giving away a free 8″ x 12″ American flag to each customer (while supplies last).
Active-duty US military personnel, their spouses and their dependents are eligible to receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains.
Military service members, DoD agency employees and veterans get a 15% savings on qualified monthly plan charges.
Bass Pro Shops
A 5% discount is available to active and retired military personnel with proper photo ID.
Blue Star Museums
All active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families can get free or discounted admission to select museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of this program.
Use this coupon to get a rotisserie chicken, 1/2 rack of ribs, 4 sides, and 4 cornbread for $29.99 from 5/25 – 5/28
Cedar Fair Amusement Parks
Many Cedar Fair amusement parks are hosting Military Appreciation Days from May 26-28 (dates vary by location). Any member of the armed service, active or veteran, will receive a free regular admission ticket. Plus, at some locations, military members can purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) with a valid military ID.
Check the following Cedar Fair amusement park websites for more information about each specific location’s celebration:
- California’s Great America (Santa Clara, CA)
- Carowinds (Charlotte, NC)
- Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH)
- Dorney Park (Allentown, PA)
- Kings Dominion (Doswell, VA)
- Kings Island (Kings Mills, OH)
- Michigan’s Adventure (Muskegon, MI)
- Valleyfair (Shakopee, MN)
- Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun (Kansas City, MO)
Show a valid active military ID at the box office and receive a special military discount; discount days and times vary at each location.
Military members, veterans and family can save 10% at Dell.com with this exclusive coupon through July 6th. Note that you will need to verify your Troop ID before purchasing.
Einsten Bros Bagels
From May 26 – May 28, guests who present proof of local residence at participating locations will receive buy-one get-one free on the new Flavors Across America sandwiches.
All active duty, veterans, retirees, reservists, National Guard and their families get a 40% discount.
If you are serving, or have served, in the US military, you may qualify for a 20% discount on your FootLocker.com purchase.
Free 8×10 Portrait
Show this coupon to get a free 8×10 and free sitting fees at JCPenney Portraits through June 30th (must present military ID).
Free Welcome Home Banner
BuildASign.com lets you create a free Welcome Home banner for military friends and family.
Free Wedding Gown
Brides Across America partners with bridal salons across the country to give free wedding gowns to military brides in the month of July.
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Military service members and eligible family members save 10% off your total purchase with proper ID.
All veterans and active duty military get a 10% discount year-round.
McCormick & Schmick’s
Active members of the U.S. military, National Guard and Veterans receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entree on Memorial Day.
Present your military ID card at the register to save 15% off your entire purchase every day.
This site provides US military members, spouses, and dependents with airfaire deals.
Military Tee Times
Veterans, active military, and their families receive 15% off select tee times when booking through this site.
US military members and their dependents can get a free annual pass to the National Parks.
Active, retired and reservist US military personnel and their families are eligible to receive a 10% Nike military discount on Nike.com and at US Nike retail stores (excluding Nike Company/Employee Stores).
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub
Veterans and active military get a free entree from their 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu with the purchase of any meal on May 28th.
Our Military Kids
This wonderful organization provides grants to military families to help pay for sports, fine arts, camps and tutoring programs.
From May 24 to May 28 all veterans and active military receive 20% off their entire check.
Active duty, retirees, veterans and reservists are eligible for a free Club O membership on Overstock.com (a $19.95 value). This membership gets you 5% in Club O dollars as well as free shipping.
Veterans, Armed Forces personnel, and their families will get one free day of airport parking with the purchase of 3 days.
Active military, veterans, military personnel and military spouses get a $10 gift card when joining or renewing their membership through January 2019.
Active duty, retirees, veterans, and military spouses save 10% on paints and stains in the month of May.
Students in military families can get free access to Tutor.com and receive help in more than 40 school subjects. Tutors are available online 24/7.
Active duty, retirees, veterans, military spouses and military family members get a 10% discount at UnderArmour.com and in stores.
All military personnel and veterans receive a discount with proper ID.
Veteran Tickets Foundation
This organization teams up with major sports teams and venues to provide free and discounted tickets to military and veterans.
All veterans and active military with a Walgreens Balance Rewards card will receive 20% off regular priced items on May 28th.
Waves of Honor
Any active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman can receive one free admission per year to either SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Sesame Place, Aquatica or Adventure Island as part of the Waves of Honor program.
Active and retired military personnel receive a 10% discount every day on every purchase.
Seattle Memorial Day Freebies and Deals (+ Military Discounts)
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Active duty military personnel and their families receive free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Flying Heritage Collection (Everett)
Veterans receive free admission to TankFest Northwest on May 26th. This family event features remote control tanks, reptiles, food, and fun.
Kids Discovery Museum (Bainbridge Island)
Get $10 off a membership year-round to military families, plus they’re a Blue Star Museum and offer free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
KidsQuest Children’s Museum (Bellevue)
Active military members and their families receive $1 off general admission year-round; Gold Star families receive free admission. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, active military members and their families will receive free admission as part of the Blue Star Museums program.
Kitsap Historical Society & Museum (Bremerton)
Military (w/ID) get in for $3 (normally $4) every day.
Li’l Woodys (Capital Hill, Ballard, and White Center)
All customers get a free burger on May 28th from 2 – 5 pm. Extras cost extra.
Museum of Flight (Seattle)
Free admission to veterans and active military personnel with proper ID on Memorial Day. They are also a participating Blue Star Museum, which means active U.S. military and up to five family members will receive free admission all summer.
Museum of Glass (Tacoma)
Active duty military families (with up to five guests) receive free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museums program, and $3 off the rest of the year.
Northwest Railway Museum (Snoqualmie)
Anyone with a valid current military ID card (and their dependent family members) can get a $5 roundtrip train fare over Memorial Day weekend (May 26th – 28th).
The Old Cannery (Sumner)
Head on over to The Old Cannery for a special furniture sale and free family-friendly event on Memorial Day weekend, with free hot dogs and soda, free old time photos, and lots more family fun.
Seattle Art Museum
Military (with ID) get $2 off the regular admission price.
Tacoma Art Museum
Active-duty personnel and their families get in for free year-round.
Washington State History Museum (Tacoma)
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, active duty service members and up to five members of their family receive free admission.
Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle)
Active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel or military spouses receive $4 off zoo admission when purchased at any zoo gate for themselves and up to 6 family members.
In addition to these, Red Tricycle has a great list of 12 Memorial Day Weekend Must-Dos for those in the Seattle area.
What other Memorial Day freebies, deals or military discounts do you know of? Leave a comment!