Memorial Day weekend freebies good May 25-28.
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On Memorial Day, we honor those who have so honored us with their sacrifice and service to keep America free and strong.

Retailers, restaurants and attractions also salute our military heroes, offering discounts to veterans, active duty and retired U.S. military, National Guard and reservists and their families with ID through Monday. There are many offers for civilians, too.

There are plenty of deals indoors to keep everyone busy.

After enduring late spring chills and seemingly never-ending rain, it appears that Marylanders headed to the beach have sunshine and seasonable warmth to look forward to. In Ocean City, forecasters predict partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid- to upper-70s for the holiday weekend.

Ace Hardware: Stores are giving away free flags on Saturday, no purchase required.


Allegiant Airlines: Free bags checks, boarding passes printed, seat assignments for active duty military, retired military veterans, members of the National Guard, military reserve and their dependents.

AAA: Free tipsy tow service for everyone on Memorial Day weekend Friday-Tuesday.

Apple: Special savings on Apple products for current, former and retired U.S. military, National Guard and reservists, government employees, contractors and family members of government entities. There are special offers on Apple Care Protection Plans, too.

Blue Star Museum Program: Free visits to 2,000 museums for military and their families starting Memorial Day through Labor Day with ID. 

Blue Star Theater Program: Free and discounted movies for vets, active duty and their families at 170 national theaters. 

Brides Across America: Free wedding dresses for military and first responder brides.

Costco Wholesale: Free $10 or $20 gift card with membership; expires Dec. 31.

Cinemark Theaters: Show military ID at participating theaters and get a special discount. Offers vary by location.

Delta Airlines: Free bags check for military personnel.

Corner Bakery Cafe: Free drink with purchase May 24-29.

Disney World Military Discount: 4-day Park Hopper passes for $196 for active, retired or spouses with ID.

Despite Maryland gas prices averaging 61 cents higher than last Memorial Day, nearly 890,000 Marylanders are expected to travel for the holiday weekend, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

GovX.com: Veterans, active duty, government employees and first responders get up to 40 percent discounts on major league sports tickets, as well as concerts, travel, apparel and more with ID.

Home Depot: 10 percent off for veterans and their families on military holiday weekends and every day for active military and families with ID.

Hooters: 10 free wings or choice of four other entrees for veterans and active-duty military at participating locations with ID on Monday.

JC Penney: Coupon for $10 off $25 purchase through Monday.

Kohl's: Coupon for $10 off $25 purchase; expires Monday.

LongHorn Steakhouse Grill Us Hotline: Free grilling advice at 1-855-544-7455 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28.


Lowe's Home Improvement: 10 percent off for veterans and their families on military holiday weekends and every day for active military and families with ID.

Macy's: 20 percent off and earn $10 in free Star Money with purchase  through Monday.

National Parks Military Pass: Free pass for active-duty military and their families offers free entry to U.S. National Parks with ID.

Old Navy: $1 flip flops; expires May 28. 

Outback Steakhouse: 20 percent off for vets, active duty military, first responders and their families May 24-28.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens: Waves of Honor program offers free entry to theme parks for military and their families with ID through Dec. 31.

AAA offers free tipsy tow service Memorial Day weekend from May 25-29.

Slurpee at 7-Eleven: Text to get a free cold one.

Texas de Brazil: 50 percent off lunch or dinner on May 28 for veterans and active duty personnel and up to eight guests get 20 percent off.

Walgreens: 20 percent off for veterans, active duty military personnel and immediate family, including the families of those who lost their lives in service to their country with a Balance Reward Card on May 28.

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