Memorial Day Weekend freebies and deals 2023

Memorial Day is a day for parades and remembrance, picnics and barbecues — and lots of deals!

Many restaurants and retailers offer discounts and freebies over the Memorial Day weekend. Some deals are only for military personnel or veterans, while others are available to all. Some of the deals aren’t specifically for Memorial Day, but they’re available over the holiday weekend, so we’ll count them in as a way to enjoy the kick-off-to-summer holiday on the cheap. 

We’ve broken down the Memorial Day offers by restaurant deals, shopping deals and gift card bonuses.


Celebrate the holiday weekend with bargain burgers! McDonald’s is offering a big deal — buy one Big Mac, 10-count Chicken McNuggets or Quarter Pounder with Cheese and get a second for just $1. There’s no limit, so everyone can chomp on the cheap for a family picnic or gathering. 

Get two of the same items or mix-and-match! The special runs through June 12 and is available in-restaurant or online via McDonald’s site or app. 

National Hamburger Day

National Hamburger Day falls on the Memorial Day weekend — on May 28. Kick off summer with lots of juicy deals on burgers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Smashburger and more. Find lots of bargain burgers here


Olive Garden

If you take the whole family to Olive Garden, enjoy an extra take-home entrée for just $6. Pick up enough extra meals to enjoy over the holiday weekend. Choose from Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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 easy set-up (and clean-up) for the party planner. 


Grab a penny for a bargain burger! From May 26 to June 1, Wendy’s is offering a Junior Bacon Cheeseburger for just 1¢ with any purchase. The offer is only valid via the Wendy’s app. 

Memorial Day shopping deals

Ace Hardware

As part of its annual One Million Flag Giveaway every Memorial Day weekend, Ace Hardware is again giving away a FREE 8″ x 12″ U.S flag on May 27 — no purchase necessary. The flags are available at participating locations, while supplies last. 

AMC Theatres

Go to the movies over the holiday weekend. AMC Theatres offers 30% off evening ticket prices every day before 4 p.m. See the latest summer blockbuster with blockbuster savings! 

Big Lots

Save big at Big Lots! The discount store is offering lots deals on everything you need for summer fun, including patio furniture, pools & accessories, outdoor lighting, grills and more. Plus, through May 26, Big save $10 on ANY purchase of $40 or more, in-store and online — get coupon here

In addition, veterans, active military and their families can enjoy a year-round discount of 10% off all in-store and online purchases.


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.


Military and veterans (and their families) receive 20% off eligible regular-priced items at Walgreens — from May 26 to 29. The offer is only valid in-store with myWalgreens membership and proof of service.

Memorial Day gift card bonuses 

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.

Auntie Anne’s

Buy any gift card online and enjoy a FREE Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel through Auntie Anne’s Rewards. The bonus pretzel is available from April 3 to June 25. Each purchase of $5 or more in gift cards or eGift Cards in one transaction will receive one FREE pretzel eReward code. 


Buy a $50 gift card and Applebee’s will throw in a $10 bonus card — from April 10 to June 25. The bonus card expires Aug. 6

Bonefish Grill

Buy a $50 gift card at Bonefish Grill and get a $10 bonus card — from April 17 to June 18. The bonus card can be redeemed from June 19 to Aug. 20

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 bonus card — from April 17 to June 18. The bonus card can be redeemed from June 19 to Aug. 20.


Spring is so sweet! For every $25 gift card purchased at Cinnabon, get a $5 Reward card — from May 18 to June 18. The bonus must be unlocked in the Cinnabon loyalty program and is valid June 19 to Aug. 31


Celebrate any occasion with lunch or dinner at Chili’s. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card — from April 19 to June 25. The bonus card is valid April 20 to July 31

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Need bagels for a celebratory brunch? All Einstein Bros. Bagels gift cards purchased online are 20% offfrom May 1 to June 20


Hop over to IHOP for breakfast for any holiday or celebration. From April 4 to July 9, buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card. The bonus card expires Aug. 20

McAlister’s Deli

Slather on the savings at McAlister’s Deli. Receive a $5 reward voucher with the purchase of a $25 gift card — from April 23 to June 18. The reward is valid June 19 to July 31

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Enjoy burritos and more at Moe’s Southwest Grill. For every $25 in gift cards purchased online or in-restaurant, receive $5 eReward Code — from April 23 to June 18. The reward code can be redeemed June 19 to Aug. 31 by unlocking it through the Moe Rewards program. 

On The Border

Enjoy a Mexican feast for any celebration! Through June 19, buy a $50 e-gift card at On The Border and receive a $10 Dine-In Reward. The bonus card is valid July 1 to 31.

Outback Steakhouse

Take a spring break “down under”. Buy a $50 gift card at Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a $10 bonus card — from April 17 to June 18. The bonus card is valid June 19 to Aug. 29

Panera Bread

Enjoy a fresh and hot deal from Panera Bread. Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased. The bonus offer is available April 19 to May 31. The bonus cards are valid June 1 to 30

Red Lobster

There’s nothing fishy about saving money! From April 24 to July 2, buy a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive two coupons — each good for $10 off your next order of $40 or more. The first coupon is valid July 3 to 31 and the second coupon is valid Aug. 1 to 31

Red Robin

Get a juicy deal at Red Robin. Buy a $50 gift card and get $5 Bonus Bucks. The bonus offer is available April 24 to June 19.  The bucks are valid June 19 to Aug. 13.


Stop at Subway for a great deal! Get a FREE 6-inch sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card — from April 30 to June 20. The complimentary sub voucher is valid through July 31. Limit four bonuses per transaction. 

Taco Bell

Celebrate with a fiesta from Taco Bell! From April 13 to May 27, purchase a $50 limited-edition Taco Bell gift card and receive a $10 eBonus. The bonus must be claimed online by June 10‍

Village Inn

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Village Inn. From April 24 to June 18, buy a $25 gift card and receive a $5 bonus card. The bonus card is valid May 8 to July 30

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