Monday, May 30 marks Memorial Day, a public holiday where Americans recognize the contribution veterans and current serving military members make to the country.
Some shops and restaurants are also recognizing this contribution by giving special deals to veterans, current military personnel and sometimes first responders on Memorial Day.
Dr. Aldona Sendzikas, Associate Professor, History Department and Co-Director, Program in American Studies, Western University, notes the tradition originates with memorials to the fallen from the Civil War.
She told Newsweek: “In the U.S., there are two annual holidays created specifically to honor members of the armed services.
“Veterans’ Day, held on November 11th, honors all servicemen and servicewomen, including those who lost their lives, retired service members, and those currently in active service.
“Memorial Day, traditionally observed on the last Monday in May of every year, specifically honors those members of the military who gave their lives while serving the nation.”
She added the occasion has permeated American society in numerous ways.
Sendzikas said: “Pro sports games played on Memorial Day weekend usually include pre-game tributes to the military, television stations often broadcast war-related films throughout the weekend, and many retailers advertise ‘Memorial Day sales’.”
34 Memorial Day Offers 2022
Below is a list a list of Memorial Day offers available to servicemen and servicewomen, including retired service members, and those still in active duty. As well as family members of service members in some instances.
Academy Sports + Outdoors
The sports retailer is offering military members and first responders 10 percent off, from May 1 to July 4, to say thank you for protecting the country and serving local communities.
All Applebee’s customers can recieve a free Fandango movie ticket when they spend $25 or more a their local Applebee’s for dine-in, To Go or delivery through the website or mobile app. Two tickets will be given away when guests spend $50 or more.
A spokesperson for the apparel site told Newsweek: “Currently, our military discount is a Double Discount for the entire month of May, so 30 percent off.”
The coffee chain is offering active-duty service members, veterans, military spouses and families a free hot brewed Coffee of the Day on May 30. For each purchase made on Memorial Day, Caribou Coffee will donate $0.25 (up to $50,000) to the American Red Cross Service to the military.
Discounts for active military and veterans vary by eatery.
The shoe shop offers a military discount for purchases by active duty, retirees, veterans, military spouses and family members. There are also active first responder and teacher discounts.
Military personnel, including active members and veterans, as well as their families, are entitled to 10 percent off.
Those with .mil email addresses can obtain coupons that provide 10 percent savings for them and their families off PCs and other electronics. Those with queries can email email@example.com or call 1-866-871-9875 between 8 AM to 7 PM CST, Monday through Friday.
For Memorial Day weekend, the pizza outlet will offer a mix & match deal: choose any two or more menu items for $5.99 via each carryout, or $6.99 each via delivery.
Through the weekend, there is also a $7.99 Carryout Deal – where customers can order online and carryout any three-topping pizza, or Dips & Twists combos, or eight-piece wings, for $7.99 each.
Eye Mart Express
Military members, veterans and their families can enjoy a 20 percent discount year-round. Valid military ID is required at check out.
Military members and veterans are entitled to a 25 percent discount at participating locations.
Golden Corral offers a 10 to 20 percent military discount on an endless buffet. Discount varies according to location. Customers must have their military ID with them.
Home Chef offers a “Heroes Discount” for doctors, nurses, hospital workers, first responders and teachers. Discounts vary depending on the meal. Military personnel and veterans can get 50 percent off of their first purchase and 15 percent off all additional boxes from Home Chef.
Military members, veterans, police and first responders can receive up to 30 percent off Hylete orders. More information here.
The company offers 15 percent off as a thank you to the armed forces and veterans. ID required.
Veterans and active military members must show their ID if they are looking to make the most of the 10 percent year-round discount at Kolache Factory.
Long John Silvers
Military workers and veterans can receive 20 percent off on Military Mondays at participating locations and a 10 percent off on other days.
Mattress Firm offers savings of 10 to 20 percent with a valid military ID.
The sporting brand offers a 10 percent military discount, with a valid ID.
O’Reilly Auto Parts
The company offers a 10 percent military discount off the retail price of in-store items, apart from motor oil, antifreeze, sale items, online purchases, special order items and outside purchase items.
Rack Room Shoes
The store is offering 20 percent off to military, veterans, and their family. Only applicable for in-store purchases.
A spokesperson for the shoe manufacturer notes Reebok has two onsite offers available for vets.
Sitewide ‘Buy-More-Save-More’ has offers ranging from 20 percent off orders $0-100 to 50 percent off orders $250 plus.
In the U.S. and Canada, the store offers 15 percent discount on Paints, Stains and Painting Supplies to men and women who are currently serving, are reservists or have served in the military.
First responders, military and veterans are legible for a 20 percent Heroes discount.
Subway Rewards members can save on a footlong, side and a drink, and get them all for $7.99. Available from May 30 through June 6 at participating restaurants.
The mobile provider offers cut price military plans for those serving or former members.
Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil offers a 15 percent discount on dine-in dinner and lunch prices for military members, active and retired, and first responders.
The offer is not valid on holidays including New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve.
Tuft & Needle
Tuft & Needle offers a 15 percent Heroes discount to veterans, first responders and healthcare workers.
Uncharted Supply Company
The business offers military, first responders and government workers discounts. More available here.
Under Armour offers a 20 percent discount on all purchases for all active duty service members, retirees, veterans, military spouses, military family members, as well as first responders and healthcare workers and active police, fire, nurses, doctors, EMT customers, teachers and educators.
You can use your discount while shopping on UA.com, UA App, UA Brand House, and 10% discount at UA Factory House by verifying your ID.
America’s second biggest pharmacy chain is offering a weekend Memorial Day discount to all veterans, active-duty military personnel and their immediate family members, including the relatives of those who lost their lives fighting for the U.S.
From May 27 through May 30, customers with a myWalgreens membership and valid ID or proof of service will receive 20 percent off regularly priced products at any Walgreens of Duane Reade drugstore across the country.
The founder of the chain, Dave Thomas, was a veteran himself when he opened the restaurant more than 50 years ago. Active military and veterans can have a small free breakfast combo on Memorial Day. More information here.
The opticians and glasses shop offers a 15 percent military discount on all purchases. Military spouses and first responders are also eligible.
The company offers a 10 percent discount every day to military and veterans.
Update 30/05/22, 02:40 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include offers and deals from Applebee’s, Dominoes and Subway.