Memorial Day is a day for parades and remembrance, picnics and barbecues — and lots of deals!
Many restaurants and retailers are offering discounts and freebies around the Valley over the Memorial Day weekend. Some of the deals are only for military personnel or veterans, while others are available to all. Some of the deals aren’t specifically for Memorial Day, but they’re available over the holiday weekend, so we’ll count them in as a way to enjoy the kick-off-to-summer holiday on the cheap.
We’ve broken down the Memorial Day offers by restaurant deals, shopping deals and gift card bonuses.
Memorial Day Restaurant Deals
National Hamburger Day
National Hamburger Day fittingly falls over the Memorial Day weekend — on May 28. Kick off summer with lots of juicy deals on burgers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Smashburger and more.
If you take the whole family to Olive Garden, enjoy an extra take-home entrée for just $6. Pick up enough extra meals to enjoy over the holiday weekend. Choose from Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Pizza is perfect for every holiday, including Memorial Day. Have an inexpensive pizza party over the holiday weekend, thanks to Pizza Hut’s ongoing deals and discounts. Share a slice of pizza and fun with the family…plus, it’s an easy set-up (and clean-up) for the party planner.
Grab a penny for a bargain burger! From May 26 to June 1, Wendy’s is offering a Junior Bacon Cheeseburger for just 1¢ with any purchase. The offer is only valid via the Wendy’s app.
Memorial Day Shopping Deals
As part of its annual One Million Flag Giveaway every Memorial Day weekend, Ace Hardware is again giving away a FREE 8″ x 12″ U.S flag on May 27 — no purchase necessary. The flags are available at participating locations, while supplies last.
Go to the movies over the holiday weekend. AMC Theatres offers 30% off evening ticket prices every day before 4 p.m. See the latest summer blockbuster with blockbuster savings!
Grilling on Memorial Day is an annual tradition for many — the perfect kick-off to the start of summer. If you’re looking for hot deals on everything you need for outdoor cooking, BBQGuys is holding a Memorial Day Sale with lots of summery savings on grills, equipment and more — up to 60% off.
Save big at Big Lots! The discount store is offering lots deals on everything you need for summer fun, including patio furniture, pools & accessories, outdoor lighting, grills and more. Plus, through May 26, Big save $10 on ANY purchase of $40 or more, in-store and online — get coupon here.
In addition, veterans, active military and their families can enjoy a year-round discount of 10% off all in-store and online purchases.
Rev up the savings for your service. Ford offers a special discount on vehicles for military personnel and first responders. This offer is valid year-round. Enter your zip code to find the nearest Ford dealer for more details.
Military and veterans (and their families) receive 20% off eligible regular-priced items at Walgreens — from May 26 to 29. The offer is only valid in-store with myWalgreens membership and proof of service.
Memorial Day Gift Card Bonuses
Relax over the Memorial Day weekend by putting away the outdoor grill. Let one of these restaurants do all the work over the holiday weekend with a gift card bonus or discount. Buy the gift card as a way to celebrate the start of summer or a way to save when you take the whole family out to dinner.
Buy any gift card online and enjoy a FREE Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel through Auntie Anne’s Rewards. The bonus pretzel is available from April 3 to June 25. Each purchase of $5 or more in gift cards or eGift Cards in one transaction will receive one FREE pretzel eReward code.
Buy a $50 gift card and Applebee’s will throw in a $10 bonus card — from April 10 to June 25. The bonus card expires Aug. 6.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Gather the family and enjoy a meal at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. For every $50 spent in gift cards, receive a $10 bonus card — from April 17 to June 18. The bonus card can be redeemed from June 19 to Aug. 20.
Spring is so sweet! For every $25 gift card purchased at Cinnabon, get a $5 Reward card — from May 18 to June 18. The bonus must be unlocked in the Cinnabon loyalty program and is valid June 19 to Aug. 31.
Celebrate any occasion with lunch or dinner at Chili’s. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card — from April 19 to June 25. The bonus card is valid April 20 to July 31.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Need bagels for a celebratory brunch? All Einstein Bros. Bagels gift cards purchased online are 20% off — from May 1 to June 20.
Fogo de Chão
Fogo de Chão can make springtime sizzle. For every $125 in gift cards purchased online, get a $25 bonus card — from April 18 to June 18. The bonus card is valid June 19 to Aug. 24.
Hop over to IHOP for breakfast for any holiday or celebration. From April 4 to July 9, buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card. The bonus card expires Aug. 20.
Get fresh and fruity for spring at Jamba. From April 30 to June 18, buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 reward card. The reward card is valid June 19 to Aug. 31.
Rocket your way to savings at Johnny Rockets. From May 2 to June 19, get a $5 digital bonus card with every $25 digital gift card purchase or a $20 digital gift card with every $100 digital gift card. The bonus card is valid June 19 to Aug. 31.
Slather on the savings at McAlister’s Deli. Receive a $5 reward voucher with the purchase of a $25 gift card — from April 23 to June 18. The reward is valid June 19 to July 31.
On The Border
Enjoy a Mexican feast for any celebration! Through June 19, buy a $50 e-gift card at On The Border and receive a $10 Dine-In Reward. The bonus card is valid July 1 to 31.
Take a spring break “down under”. Buy a $50 gift card at Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a $10 bonus card — from April 17 to June 18. The bonus card is valid June 19 to Aug. 29.
Enjoy a fresh and hot deal from Panera Bread. Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased. The bonus offer is available April 19 to May 31. The bonus cards are valid June 1 to 30.
Buy a $60 gift card at RA Sushi and enjoy $10 promotional card. For a bigger bonus, buy a $200 gift card and receive a $60 promotional card. The bonus offer is available May 16 to June 18. The promo cards are valid June 19 to July 31.
There’s nothing fishy about saving money! From April 24 to July 2, buy a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive two coupons — each good for $10 off your next order of $40 or more. The first coupon is valid July 3 to 31 and the second coupon is valid Aug. 1 to 31.
Get a juicy deal at Red Robin. Buy a $50 gift card and get $5 Bonus Bucks. The bonus offer is available April 24 to June 19. The bucks are valid June 19 to Aug. 13.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Cut into a big, juicy steak at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Enjoy a $25 bonus card for every $150 in gift cards purchased — see site for more details.
Enjoy a burger and shake at Smashburger! From May 1 to June 18, get $5 in Smash Cash with the purchase of a $25 gift card. The bonus “cash” is valid June 19 to July 31.
Stop at Subway for a great deal! Get a FREE 6-inch sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card — from April 30 to June 20. The complimentary sub voucher is valid through July 31. Limit four bonuses per transaction.
Celebrate with a fiesta from Taco Bell! From April 13 to May 27, purchase a $50 limited-edition Taco Bell gift card and receive a $10 eBonus. The bonus must be claimed online by June 10.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Village Inn. From April 24 to June 18, buy a $25 gift card and receive a $5 bonus card. The bonus card is valid May 8 to July 30.
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