Memorial Day Weekend freebies and deals 2021

Memorial Day is a day for parades and remembrance, picnics and barbecues — and deals! A number of restaurants and retailers are offering discounts and freebies over the Memorial Day weekend. Some of the deals are only for military personnel or veterans, but many are available to anyone. Some of these deals aren’t specifically for Memorial Day, but they’re good this weekend, so we’ll count them in your ways to enjoy the holiday on the cheap.

Below are the 2021 offers, broken down by Memorial Day restaurant deals, shopping deals and gift card bonuses.

Memorial Day 2021 restaurant deals

Note that the Friday of Memorial Day weekend is National Hamburger Day, so you can find some meaty deals early in the weekend, too.

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. 

Firebirds: Heroes get a FREE meal on Memorial Day at Firebirds. Veteran, active duty service member or Gold Star family get their lunch or dinner at no cost on May 31

Fogo de Chão: Veterans and active duty personnel enjoy 50% off their meal at Fogo de Chão on Memorial Day, May 31. Plus, up to three guests get 10% off their meals. 

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

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Kona Grill: All veterans and military personnel get 20% off their check 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 is serving 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. Pick up enough extra meals to enjoy over the holiday weekend. 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), thanks to Outback Steakhouse’s Heroes Discount.

Pizza Hut: 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 set-up and easy clean-up for the party planner. 

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 their lunch or dinner prices 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. 

Yogurtland: Chill out this Memorial Day weekend at Yogurtland. From May 28 to 31, get a $3 reward for use on a future visit, when you order online via the yogurt shop’s new mobile and spend $15 or more.

The offer is also available for online orders via its website. (You must be a Real Rewards member to receive the bonus. Sign up at

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’re 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 can enjoy 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.

Walgreens: Military and veterans (and their families) receive 20% off eligible regular-priced items at Walgreens — from May 28 to 31. The offer is only valid in-store with myWalgreens membership and proof of service.

Memorial Day gift card bonuses 2021

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.

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. (You might pick one up for Father’s Day, too.)

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 promotional card. If the family really loves sushi, buy a $200 gift card and receive a $60 promotional card. The offer ends June 20

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. 

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