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Our friends over at Military Bridge have, once again, put together a fantastic list of national discounts being offered for the Memorial Day weekend! If you’re in the VA/DC area, make sure to check out their list of local Memorial Day offers, discounts, and events!

 

MEMORIAL DAY

Observed: Monday, May 30th, 2016, A Federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.  Memorial Day is a day for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s Armed Forces.

Many businesses nationwide would like to express their appreciation through a military discount/offer.  Below please find a list of many of the great military offers available throughout the month of May.  Feel free to add any to the comments and please help Spread the Word so more military members and families can take advantage of these great deals.

**This list will be updated throughout the month as new offers/events come in.  Feel free to add any in the comment section below.  Also, be sure to follow us on Social Media below where we will also be sharing great military appreciation offers throughout the month**

 

NATIONWIDE MILITARY DISCOUNTS & FREEBIES

Colonial Williamsburg The historic attraction will offer FREE ADMISSION to military members and their families during Memorial Day weekend. From Friday, May 27, to Monday May 30, active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their families will receive free admission to the historic attraction.  On Monday, there will be a Memorial Day Commemorative Program from 10am-12pm.  Gather for a modern service honoring military veterans who died while serving their country. A procession with Fife and Drum support will proceed from the Palace to Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite. Wreaths will be laid, prayers given, and volleys fired at each stop to honor soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War interred nearby.

Blue Star Museums program. Participating museums will offer FREE ADMISSION to all active duty military and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  There are many amazing museums in this program.  Click the link to learn more.

Blue Star Theatres:  Each participating Blue Star Theatre is offering discounted or complimentary admission to all military personnel and their families, as well as veterans.  Education programs and other theatre opportunities may be discounted as well.  This is a year round program.  There are currently 123 participating theaters with new theaters being added.

Military Tee Times: Is proud to provide an easy way for all members of the United States Military to enjoy golf by offering exclusive savings on tee times at thousands of courses in the U.S. and worldwide.  Military Tee Times operates with more than 8,000 course partners in several countries offering military discounts off select tee times.

Armed Forces Vacation Club is a FREE membership club open to active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DoD.   They offer year round specials on travel around the world.  Military Appreciation Limited Time Offer: SELECT 7 NIGHT STAYS FOR $299* Now through May 23, 2016 you can book select weeklong resort stays for $299*! Choose from destinations including Orlando, Williamsburg, Las Vegas – or search worldwide! Don’t wait, this offer won’t last long! Learn more.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill: National Military Discount Offer May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day) in honor of Military Appreciation Month—Military personnel and their families can enjoy a 25% savings on Tucanos meals purchased on May 30th. Tucanos also offers a 10% military savings to military members and their families year round.

McCormick & Schmick’s: Military Appreciation:  Offering FREE LUNCH or DINNER entrée on Monday, May 30 to Active U.S. Military Members and Veterans on Memorial Day.

Shoney’s Restaurant:  Free All-American Burger for Active Duty and Veterans on Memorial Day at participating locations.

National Park Service:  The National Park Service offers a FREE annual pass to military members and their dependents.

Waves of Honor:  This program offers any active duty military, reservist or National Guardsman one FREE admission each year to either Busch Gardens or WaterCountry USA The one-time visit pass is valid for the military personnel and up to three direct dependents.  Other parks included in this offer are Seaworld (Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego), Sesame Place, Aquatica, and Adventure Island.

California’s Great America: Military Appreciation May 28, May 29, May 30  On Saturday Boomerang Bay opens. We’ll pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to active or retired United States Service men and women, including veterans, with a valid military I.D. All current or past military personnel can bring up to six guests for just $21.99.

Carowinds: Military Days: May 29-30 and July 2-4, 2016.  Join us as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D.

Kings Dominion: Military Days: Join us May 28-30th, 2016 as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D.

Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City Waterpark:  Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City Waterpark Orange County pays tribute to U.S. veterans, retired and current military personnel with Free park admission Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 – 30, 2016.  This offer is valid to all past and present armed forces personnel. One complimentary admission is provided to Military personnel.

Up to (6) additional Knott’s Berry Farm tickets may be purchased at the military discounted rate of $44.00 for Regular Admission and $42.00 for Junior (ages 3-11) and Senior (62+). Up to (6) additional Soak City Waterpark tickets may be purchased at the military discounted rate of $36 for Regular, Junior (ages 3-11) & Senior (62+) Valid proof of military service with photo I.D. required.

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels American Heroes Week, May 30 – June 5! Active duty, Veterans, retired military, and first responders get FREE admission (and a 50% military discount on admission for spouses and dependents).

Michigan’s Adventure: 05/29/16, 05/30/16  Michigan’s Adventure will be celebrating Tribute to the Armed Forces by offering military personnel of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve a FREE admission. In addition, military personnel may purchase up to six additional tickets for immediate family members at $25.00 each. Guests will be required to show one active military ID, DD-214, or Veteran’s Administration Hospital ID to qualify for the discount. Tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable and are valid for admission on one of the listed dates only. Tickets must be purchased at the park on the day of your visit.

Valleyfair: Valleyfair is honoring our Hometown Heroes with Military Appreciation Days during the Memorial Weekend (May 27-30) and Fourth of July Weekend (July 1-4)  Any member of the armed service, active or veteran, will receive a FREE regular admission ticket into Valleyfair. Along with free admission, members of the military will be able to purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $32.00 plus tax per ticket. A valid military ID must be presented at a Valleyfair ticket window to receive this offer.

Check back for other special events happening throughout each weekend!

Wildwater Kingdom: Opening Weekend, Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30, Join us as we Kick off another Great Season at Wildwater Kingdom! All weekend long, all active, inactive or retired United States Service Men and Women will receive Free admission to the park (with valid military I.D.) In addition, up to 6 of their family members can get in for just $21.99 +tax each (that’s $13.00 off of gate prices!) Enjoy 50¢ Ice cream cups on Saturday, $1 hotdog Sunday & $1 fountain drinks Monday. (while supplies last).

Kings Island:  FREE admission to active and retired military personnel over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30. A valid military ID is required. Up to six family members can purchase tickets for $29.99 per person.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort: Active duty U.S. service members receive complimentary theme park and water park admission year-round. Additionally, veterans, retirees, reservists, guard members and military family members can save up to 25 percent on theme park and water park tickets while receiving a second day free upon advance verification of military service.

Texas de Brazil:  Nationwide Military Appreciation on Memorial Day offering a 50% military discount for active military and veterans and Up to 8 guests. Plus, Texas de Brazil is offering a  20% military discount off takeout that day for all.

Sam’s Club: Military Members Save More In May!  Military welcome packages plus join or renew as a Sam’s Plus® Member and get a $25 gift card, or join or renew as a Sam’s Savings® or Sam’s Business® Member and get a $15 gift card. Visit the link to learn more details about the Welcome Packages and Discount on Membership. Offer valid through June 5, 2016.

MILITARY KIDS’ LIFE is the only print magazine for kids in military families! This award-winning quarterly magazine features articles, essays, and photographs on life as a military child. Created for kids of all branches, our magazine encourages military kids to see the bright side of their unique life. During the month of May, Military Bridge readers can receive an exclusive 20% discount on subscriptions (no code required; just use the link). A great gift for your favorite military kid or military-connected classroom!

Carnegie Hall: Both active duty personnel and veterans of the US military can save 30% on tickets to Carnegie Hall presentations (except Gala events and Carnegie Hall Family Concerts). These tickets can only be purchased in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. You must present a valid military or veteran identification card, or a DD Form 214, and are limited to two tickets per person.

Birdies For The Brave: a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. As a Birdies For The Brave Sponsor, Quicken Loans is proud to support complimentary and discounted Military Ticketing throughout the PGA Tour season.

Paragon Theaters: In honor of Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 21), Paragon Theaters Nationwide will be offering a free small popcorn to all active and retired military with ID. In addition, for every Doubles Combo sold May 20-22, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to fill the USO Feature Films Library. Plus, be sure to check out their fantastic everyday military discount.

Lowe’s Home Improvement: All Veterans receive a 10% discount on Memorial Day. This is not to be confused with the Everyday 10% Military Discount which is available to those who are currently serving, Retired Veterans, or VA Recipients and their immediate family. See link for official rules.

Allied Shirts: New Military Appreciation Program offering Free shirts to military friends & families.

TAKE 5 OIL CHANGE SERVICES: In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Take 5 Oil Change of Hampton Roads, Virginia and Pensacola, Florida locations will offer FREE WIPER BLADES with the purchase of any oil change ($19.99 value, with proof of I.D).  Take 5 also offers several fantastic everyday Military Discounts.  Visit the link to learn more.

National Military Family Association: To celebrate National Military Appreciation Month, NMFA is hosting a photography contest to give away a free photo session for your military family! Yes – we’re talking to you, in Germany, and you, in Japan! We’ve got photographers everywhere! Enter Here!

Extended Stay America: Military Appreciation Discount 17% off 1-100 nights offer good for one reservation booked on ExtendedStayAmerica.com by 5/31/16, with a check-out date on or before 8/31/16 with the CODE: MBMIL. Learn more about Extended Stay America and make your reservation on the link here.

 

ONLINE OFFERS

This will be updated throughout the month as offers come in-many offers will occur over Memorial Weekend.  We expect some great deals, Some offers are provided by ShearID.  **Disclaimer- some offers may contain affiliate links**

Veterans Advantage: Veterans Advantage is the #1 Most Trusted Name in New Military Benefits with the VetRewards Card, the first military ID designed to protect veterans’ privacy. Members save up to 30% off everyday shopping.

Rosetta Stone would like to make it easier for active duty military, veterans, reservists and National Guard to learn a new language. Get an extra 10% off of Rosetta Stone’s lowest pricing on award-winning language software.

Bonobos offers 15% off to active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, retirees, and military family members at Bonobos Guideshops or Bonobos.com.

Sprint wants to thank Sprint customers for their military service by giving active duty military, retirees, veterans, reservists, and the National Guard a $100 Reward Card in addition to a 15% military discount. Find more details on the link above.

Microsoft: Military members can enjoy The New 2016 Microsoft Office for only $9.95, a HUGE savings.

Helzberg Diamonds proudly offers a 10% Military Appreciation stores and online.

Frank & Oak extends a 20% discount on stylish men’s jeans, suits, shirts, and more to past and current servicemembers, military families, and first responders.

Storybug makes it possible for military families to enjoy story time together, regardless of how far apart they may actually be. Military families are eligible for a military plan for the app that gives them 50% off the regular price. Simply select “military plan” after downloading the app at to set up your account.

EverMarket’s mission is to provide a safe, trusted and community-driven marketplace for our U.S. Military Community. Check https://evermarket.com to see if EverMarket is available at a military base near you.

PODS Since its inception in 1998, PODS proudly extends discounts to active duty service members, veterans, military retirees, reservists and members of the national guards. Call 866/556-9574 and mention you’re in the military to receive your 10% discount.

2017 Solheim Cup would like to honor our Active Duty, Military Reserve, National Guard, Military Retirees, and Veterans for their service by providing Weekly Grounds Tickets free of charge! To claim your complimentary print-at-home grounds ticket for the 2017 Solheim Cup, please visit the link above.

MILITARY KIDS’ LIFE is the only print magazine for kids in military families! This award-winning quarterly magazine features articles, essays, and photographs on life as a military child. Created for kids of all branches, our magazine encourages military kids to see the bright side of their unique life. During the month of May, Military Bridge readers can receive an exclusive 20% discount on subscriptions (no code required; just use the link). A great gift for your favorite military kid or military-connected classroom!

 

NATIONAL EVENTS FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND

Memorial Weekend Events Washington DC Area: (Courtesy of DC.About.Com)

National Memorial Day Concert Washington DC, Sunday, May 29, 2016, 8 p.m. EST Gates open at 5 p.m. PBS sponsors a FREE concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. On the eve of Memorial Day, a star-studded lineup will grace the stage for one of PBS’ highest-rated programs. For over 25 years, this multiple-award-winning television event has honored the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The program will be hosted by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise.

National Memorial Day Parade: Washington DC, Monday, May 30, 2016, beginning at 2 p.m. The parade of Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states steps off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. The National Memorial Day Parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and includes patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons. The 2016 National Memorial Day Parade will include musical performers and celebrity veterans and supporters of the military, including Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, and Miss America. The parade will be televised live to U.S. service members around the world on The Pentagon Channel.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally:  Sunday, May 29, 2016. Departure from the Pentagon at 12 p.m. Speaker Program and Musical Tribute 1:30 p.m. at the Reflecting Pool across from The Lincoln Memorial. Thousands of motorcycles ride through Washington in an annual demonstration seeking to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues. See Photos of Rolling Thunder

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 10 a.m. The Buffalo Thunder Memorial Motorcycle Ride will begin in the Sears parking lot at 2101 Brightseat Rd in Hyattsville, MD and end at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum at 1925 Vermont Ave NW in Washington, DC.

Arlington National Cemetery: Flags-In. Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will be joined by service members from the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard in placing more than 250,000 grave decorating flags at Arlington National Cemetery. The flags will remain through Memorial Day.

Monday, May 30, 2016, 11 a.m. A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Memorial Day.

  • Monday, May 30, 2016, 4 p.m. The Women In Military Service For America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades. Members of the public are invited to join in the personal tribute segment of the program.

Navy Memorial  Saturday, May 28, 2016, 11 a.m. Rolling Thunder visits the Navy Memorial and holds a wreath-laying ceremony featuring special guests and live performances. Monday, May 30, 2016, 10 a.m. Fleet Reserve Association Wreath laying, 12 p.m. U.S. Navy Band Concert, 1 p.m. Naval District Washington Wreath laying.

World War II Memorial Monday, May 30, 2016, 9 a.m. The National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will sponsor a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of our veterans. Guest speakers will give remarks. The theme for the commemoration is “Honoring our Fallen Warriors.” Many surviving WWII veterans will be in attendance.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monday, May 30, 2016, 1 p.m. Thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor the U.S. armed forces. The wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public.

Air Force Memorial Monday, May 30, 2016, 9 a.m. wreath laying ceremony is open to the public. Activities include the national anthem, invocation, speeches, the laying of the wreath and the sounding of Taps.

President Lincoln’s Cottage Monday, May 30, 2016. Take a free guided tour of the USSAH National Cemetery (predecessor of Arlington National Cemetery) at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A wreath laying ceremony will also take place at the Soldiers’ Home at 10 a.m. Tours of the Cottage will be available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the regular price of $15 for adults and $5 for children. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Advanced reservations for Cottage Tours are strongly recommended.

New York City Fleet Week: Annual New York City Fleet Week May 25-31, 2016.  This is a Free week long event which includes Parade of Ships, Navy Band Concert, Larchmont Memorial Day Parade, Joint Aviation Event, Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade, College Point Memorial Day Parade, Maspeth Memorial Day Parade, Village of Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day Parade, Fleet Week New York Community Music Festival, several General Public Visitation (ship tours), 147th Kings County Memorial Day Parade, and several other parades which can be found here.

Hampton Roads & Virginia Memorial Weekend Events


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