Some deals are just for military personnel or veterans and their families, some include First Responders such as EMTs, police and firefighters, and some include teachers.
But most of the Memorial Day Weekend freebies and deals we list here are available to anyone.
Some of these deals aren’t even specifically for Memorial Day, but since they are valid this weekend, we are including them as ways to enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend holiday on the cheap.
Here are the 2021 offers – Memorial Day restaurant deals first, then shopping deals, and then gift card bonuses.
The gift card bonuses are an especially good deal, since most run though mid-June or later. That makes them a great Father’s Day gift, or a gift for your kid’s teacher or school bus driver.
We are including chains with no locations in New York City, because NYCOTC has followers everywhere, and you may be visiting family or friends where you can take advantage of one of these deals.
To our active and retired US Military – thank you for your service.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: In honor of Memorial Day (and all year long), military service members receive 10% off at Carrabba’s Italian Grill with the restaurant’s Heroes Discount.
Jimmy John’s: Get sandwiched by savings over the holiday weekend at Jimmy John’s. Save $5 on an order of $20 or more with promo code 5OFF20. The offer ends June 13.
Kona Grill: All veterans and military personnel get 20% off for in-restaurant dining at Kona Grill on Memorial Day.
- The offer also applies to first responders and front-line workers, including healthcare professionals, teachers and other essential workers
LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee: Active and retired service men or women receive a FREE donut and coffee at LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee on Memorial Day.
Marie Callender’s: There’s no better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by cutting into America’s favorite pie. Marie Callendar’s offers any of its apple pies for just $9.99.
Miller’s Ale House: Raise your glass at Miller’s Ale House in honor of Memorial Day. Military members and veterans get 50% off their entrée of choice with proof of service on May 31.
- Plus, you can get a $5 Bonus Card with the purchase of a $35 gift card. The offer ends June 27.
Olive Garden: If you take the whole family to Olive Garden, enjoy an extra take-home entrée for just $5. Choose from Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Stuffed Fettuccine Alfredo.
Outback Steakhouse: All service men and women receive 10% off their meal all day, every day (including Memorial Day), via Outback Steakhouse’s Heroes Discount.
Pizza Hut: 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, or if you are planning a party with friends.
STK Steakhouse: All veterans and active duty personnel get 20% off the check for their in-person dining visit at STK Steakhouse on Memorial Day, May 31. In addition, the steakhouse is offering its famed Wagyu burger and fries for as little as $7.99 (price varies by location), when ordered for takeout or delivery.
- The offer also applies to first responders.
Subway: Plan a picnic at the park on Memorial Day with Subway’s latest offers and discounts.
- Plus, bite into a FREE 6-inch sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card at the sandwich shop. The offer ends June 30.
Texas de Brazil: Active duty military and veterans with valid badge or ID receive 20% off lunch or dinner at Texas de Brazil. The offer applies to accompanying diners — up to four at the table. The offer is available year-round, but not on holidays. Don’t worry, Memorial Day is not one of the blackout dates.
Wendy’s: Stop by Wendy’s and pick up one of its limited time deals or swipe its app for the latest discounts.
The Capital Grille: Create your own luxury cookout at home with The Capital Butcher, offering a selection of uncooked signature cuts, hand-carved daily and dry-aged in-house for 18-24 days. Order steaks à la carte or choose from an assortment of Steak Grille Boxes starting at $140, featuring four steaks, proprietary steak seasoning and a gift of Signature Steak Sauce. Options include Dry Aged Bone-in NY Strip, Bone-in Prime Ribeye, or a combination of the two. Guests can enjoy alongside signature accompaniments, such as Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese or Sam’s Mashed Potatoes.
- To place an order, visit TheCapitalGrille.com.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood: This luxe cookout option includes a selection of prime steaks and seafood freshly prepared for at-home grilling. Choose from à la carte options, like Chilean Sea Bass or Center Cut Filet Mignon, or Marketplace Boxes starting at $60, featuring four luxe cuts and proprietary sauces and seasonings, such as North Atlantic Salmon with Mustard Rye Whiskey Glaze and Lobster & Filet Mignon with Eddie’s Black Tie Seasoning, among others.
- Orders can be placed online at EddieV.com.
Bahama Breeze: Plan an island-style cookout with Caribbean Bundles starting at $44.99, offering choice of entrée and side, salad and Cuban bread. Bundles serve up to four people and come fully-cooked for guests to enjoy at home. Entrée selections include Jerk Chicken Pasta, Baby Back Ribs and Seafood Paella.
- Order online at BahamaBreeze.com.
Seasons 52: Order the Green Box, a complete three-course dinner experience for takeout. Boxes serve four to six and come with choice of either Kona Crusted Wood Grilled Tenderloin or Whole Side of Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon, served alongside green beans and marble potatoes, choice of salad and six Mini Indulgence desserts. Starting at $125, dinners are freshly prepared, then chilled and ready to be warmed at home.
- Order online at Seasons52.com.
Olive Garden: Complete your Memorial Day celebration by ordering $15 bottles of wine at Olive Garden, available To Go at select locations. Choose from Confetti Pink Moscato Blend – a wine currently only available at Olive Garden and made specifically for its guests – with a light sweet and fruity flavor finished with a touch of bubbles; Roscato Rosso Dolce – a fizzy red wine with a touch of sweetness; or Moscato Primo Amore – a white wine with a refreshing fruity flavor.
- For more information and to view additional wine and beverage options, visit OliveGarden.com.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Family Bundles, featuring scratch-made classics. Guests can select from entrées like hand-breaded Chicken Tenders, Grilled Salmon or a combination of these guest favorites—all of which include two choices of family-sized sides and a half-dozen signature Honey Butter Croissants, starting at $24.99. Guests can complete the meal with a Hot Fudge Cake Sundae for $6.99. Lastly, add beer, wine or cocktails to go, where permissible, such as a Painkiller for $4.99.
- To order online for curbside pickup, visit Cheddars.com or download the Mobile App.
Memorial Day 2021 Shopping Deals
A Story Before Bed: This family-friendly offer is available year round for military parents. Members of one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who are deploying or already deployed are eligible to sign up for FREE recordings from A Story Before Bed.
Ace Hardware: Ace Hardware is giving away 8″ x 12″ American flags for FREE on May 29. To get yours, be one of the first 240 customers at each participating location. No purchase necessary. Limit one per person.
- In addition, the hardware store is donating flags to VFW Posts nationwide. In total, they are giving away one million flags.
BBQ Guys: Grilling on Memorial Day is an annual tradition for many — the perfect way to kick-off the start of summer. If you’re looking for hot deals on everything you need for outdoor cooking, BBQ Guys is holding a Memorial Day Sale with lots of summery savings on grills, equipment and more.
- Check back often, as new deals are added daily up to May 31.
Big Lots: Save big at Big Lots! The discount store is offering 20% off select indoor furniture, as well as deals on patio rugs, select pools, patio folding tables and chairs. The sale runs from May 22 to June 5. Plus, there are additional four-day deals over the Memorial Day weekend. Big Rewards shoppers get $10 Big Bucks coupons for every $100 spent.
- In addition, veterans, active military and their families get a year-round discount of 10% off all in-store and online purchases.
Ford: 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.
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, or as a Father’s Day gift or for a teacher or school bus driver..
Applebee’s: Let Applebee’s cook up a family meal. Buy a $50 gift card, and the restaurant will throw in a $10 bonus card. The offer ends June 27.
BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse: Buy a $50 electronic gift card at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and get a $10 bonus card. The offer ends June 20.
Plus, for a limited time, the restaurant is offering half off large pizzas with promo code HALFOFF. (The discount is automatically applied on Mondays.)
Bonefish Grill: This isn’t just a Memorial Day deal. In fact, the offer is good through June 13. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card at Bonefish Grill.
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 e-gift card. The offer ends June 13.
Chili’s Bar & Grill: Families love Chili’s because there’s something on the menu for everyone. Treat the family to lunch or dinner at the popular restaurant. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Need bagels for a Memorial Day weekend brunch? Einstein Bros. Bagels gift cards are 20% off, when purchased online through June 21.
Fogo de Chão: You can still enjoy a meaty Memorial Day weekend at Fogo de Chão. Buy a $125 electronic gift card and get a $25 bonus card. The offer ends June 20.
Outback Steakhouse: Take a trip Down Under over the holiday weekend at Outback Steakhouse. Buy a $50 gift card and enjoy a $10 bonus card. The offer ends June 13.
Plus, the Australian steakhouse has 10 entrées for under $16 each.
RA Sushi: If your family loves sushi, get them a $50 gift card at RA Sushi and get a $10
Red Lobster: Families can catch some savings at Red Lobster this Memorial Day weekend. Buy the family a $50 gift card and receive a coupon good for $10 off their next order of $30 or more.
Subway: Plan a picnic at the park on Memorial Day. Bite into a FREE 6-inch sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card at Subway. The offer ends June 30.
Village Inn: Village Inn is the perfect place for a holiday weekend breakfast. Get a $5 bonus card with the purchase of a $25 gift card.
A version of this article was published on sister website Living on the Cheap and is published here with permission.