Memorial Day Events and Discounts

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The following is a listing of major events and discounts for Memorial Day Weekend. Check back frequently, as this list is updated.

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Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and museums across the country. From Memorial Day (May 26, 2014) through Labor Day (September 1, 2014), thousands of museums, art centers, and exhibits are offering free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families. 

Boston Market

Boston Market honors the military with a special offer in celebration of National Military Appreciation Month. Get 10% off your in-restaurant order when you show your military or veteran ID.

California's Great America

For Memorial Day weekend, all active and retired service members, including veterans, get free park admission to California's Great America May 24-26, 2014 with a valid military ID.

Colonial Williamsburg

Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their dependents receive free admission Memorial Day weekend.

Crayola Experience

Active duty and retired military receive free admission with a valid military ID Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday May 24 - Monday May 26). Additionally, any groups of 15 people or more receive a $5.00 off regular admission price. 

Crime Museum

This Memorial Day, the Crime Museum is creating care packages for our troops. If you’d like to donate the requested items, you’ll receive $10 admission (for military and family members).

Ferrea Racing Components

Ferrea is offering 40% off for active duty military and veterans. Receive a FREE T-shirt with every order placed on May 23-26, 2014. 

General Motors

All active, reserve, retired and veteran military can receive the General Motors military discount on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles until June 30, 2014.

The Good Home Co.

The Good Home Co. is offering a 25% discount online for 3 days during Memorial Day weekend. 

Home Depot

All veterans are eligible for Home Depot's 10% military discount from May 22-June 1 with a DoD-issued ID, a DD214 or a Veterans Driver’s License. (This discount is good for veterans on July 4th and Veterans Day as well.)


On Memorial Day (May 26, 2014), Hooters is offering 10 free wings with a drink purchase to all active duty military, veterans and their spouses.

King's Dominion

King's Dominion is offering free park admission to any active, inactive or retired service members May 24-26, 2014.

Knott's Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm honors active duty military members and veterans with free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City May 24 – 26, 2014. 

LEGOLAND® California

LEGOLAND California is opening their new Legends of Chima Water Park Memorial Day weekend. All active duty military personnel, National Guard and Reservists can receive military discounts, including a second free day.


Lowe's honors all veterans on Memorial Day (as well as July 4th and Veterans Day) with a 10% discount.

SeaWorld Parks and Enterainment

Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman is entitled to a free one time admission to any SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment amusement parks. Memorial Day Weekend SeaWorld in San Antonio will have a fireworks display. Bring your family to Ski Lake on Sunday, May 25 and enjoy entertainment before the show. Click here for details. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. 


Shoney's is serving a free All-American Burger to all active duty military and veterans on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.


Active duty and veterans will receive a free regular admission ticket into Valleyfair. They can also purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family. 


Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, and there are many events throughout the country you can attend to honor our military. Click here to find your local military installation to see what they have to offer.

National Cemeteries

For a schedule of Memorial Day events at VA national cemeteries around the nation, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Memorial Day ceremonies vary by cemetery, and may include parades, speeches, music performances, and more.

Washington DC and Surrounding Area:

National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 from 8:00 to 9:30 pm ET

PBS sponsors a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and other guests along with the National Symphony Orchestra. General Admission gates will open at 5:00 p.m.

National Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will take place on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. It will be hosted by Rita Cosby of Inside Edition and wounded warrior and Dancing with the Stars winner JR Martinez. To take part in the parade virtually, click here.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 12 p.m. 

Rolling Thunder will assemble at the Pentagon Parking lots at 7:00 a.m and depart at noon. After the Run, riders salute the troops just north of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

Arlington National Cemetery

Monday, May 26, 2014, 11 a.m. 

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in honor of Memorial Day. The ceremony will be followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. 

Navy Memorial

Monday, May 26, 2014, 1 p.m. 

A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 1 p.m.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Monday, May 26, 2014, 1 p.m.

Wreath-laying ceremony, open to the public.

Air Force Memorial

Monday, May 26, 2014, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wreath-laying ceremony, open to the public.

President Lincoln's Cottage

Monday, May 26, 2014.

Free wreath laying ceremony at the cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Free guided tours of the USSAH National Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

New York

Fleet Week 

Fleet Week New York is May 21-27, 2014. On May 26, there will be many Memorial Day events, including ship tours, demonstrations, parades, and a USO tailgate party before the Mets game. Click here for a full list of events. If you're in New York for Fleet Week, you can use the following discounts while you're there.

9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers veterans discounted admission and 9/11 family members are free. Call the Reservations Department for other military discounts.

9/11 Tribute Center

Military members receive a $5 discount on admission to the 9/11 Tribute Center and a $5 discount on guided tours.

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo offers discounts to active duty and reserve members.  The discount includes free Total Experience Ticket or General Admission ticket and 50% discount for up to three family members.

Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Museum offers active duty and retired military free admission to the Intrepid (includes submarine Growler) and Intrepid/Space Shuttle Pavilion. Veterans get $7.00 off the All Access Pass.

New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium offers discounts to any active duty or reserve military members, including free General Admission ticket.

New York MTA

MTA offers fare at a 25% discount off the one-way station fare.

New York Pass

New York Pass is recognizing our military by offering a 25% discount when purchasing through the USO.

NY Waterway

NY Waterway is providing free Commuter Ferry Service to active duty military and veterans during Fleet Week New York.

Wolcott Hotel

Wolcott Hotel is offering a 15% military discount.

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About Memorial Day

Memorial DayThree years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
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