Military Appreciation Discounts and Events


NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION DISCOUNTS, FREEBIES, AND EVENTS FOR MAY 1-31, 2015!

(Includes Discounts/Offers For Military Appreciation Month, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Weekend)

May 1-31st, 2015 is National Military Appreciation Month. Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members – past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.  Within May there are several military related national observances.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Observed: Friday, May 8th, 2015, traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day.  Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of the Armed Forces.

Armed Forces Day
2015 Theme: “Honor Those Who Answered the Call to Serve”
Observed: Saturday, May 16th, 2015, Celebrated the third Saturday in May every year.
Armed Forces Day is a holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.  This day honors everyone serving in the U.S. Military branches; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.

Memorial Day
Observed: Monday, May 25th, 2015, A Federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.  Memorial Day is a day for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s Armed Forces.

Many businesses nationwide would like to express their appreciation through a military discount/offer.  Below please find a list of many of the great military offers available throughout the month of May.  Feel free to add any to the comments and please help Spread the Word so more military members and families can take advantage of these great deals.

ENTERTAINMENT/OFFERS:

Colonial Williamsburg. The historic attraction will offer FREE ADMISSION to military members and their families during Memorial Day weekend. From Friday, May 22, to Monday May 25, active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their families will receive free admission to the historic attraction.  On Monday, there will be a Memorial Day Commemorative Program from 10am-12pm.  Gather for a modern service honoring military veterans who died while serving their country. A procession with Fife and Drum support will proceed from the Palace to Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite. Wreaths will be laid, prayers given, and volleys fired at each stop to honor soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War interred nearby.

Blue Star Museums program. Participating museums will offer FREE ADMISSION to all active duty military and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  There are many amazing museums a part of this program.  Click the link to learn more.

Blue Star Theatres:  Each participating Blue Star Theatre is offering discounted or complimentary admission to all military personnel and their families, as well as veterans.  Education programs and other theatre opportunities may be discounted as well.  This is a year round program.  There are currently 123 participating theaters with new theaters being added.

Military Tee Times: Is proud to provide an easy way for all members of the United States Military to enjoy golf by offering exclusive savings on tee times at thousands of courses in the U.S. and worldwide.  Military Tee Times operates with more than 8,000 course partners in several countries offering military discounts off select tee times.

Armed Forces Vacation Club is a FREE membership club open to active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DoD.   They offer year round specials on travel around the world.  To view their current military travel specials click here.

National Park Service:  The National Park Service offers a FREE annual pass to military members and their dependents. Local national parks include Jamestown National Historic Site and Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown.

Waves of Honor:  This program offers any active duty military, reservist or National Guardsman one FREE admission each year to either Busch Gardens or WaterCountry USA The one-time visit pass is valid for the military personnel and up to three direct dependents.  Other parks included in this offer are Seaworld, Sesame Street, Aquatica, and Adventure Island.

California’s Great America: Military Appreciation May 23-25, 2015 On Saturday Boomerang Bay opens. Then on Monday we’ll salute the military with a color guard presentation and an all-you-can-eat BBQ ($15.99 plus tax). We’ll pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to active or retired United States Service men and women, including veterans, with a valid military I.D. All current or past military personnel can bring up to six guests for just $19.99 each.
*Maximum of six (6) discount admission tickets per Military Personnel per day of the promotion. Tickets can be purchased at any open ticket booth. Present your valid Military I.D. to purchase tickets. Discount admission ticket valid on day of distribution only. Valid for general admission only which includes use of all rides and attractions in operation on day of use, excluding pay-per-play experiences and concerts/special events including, but not limited to, Halloween Haunt.

Carowinds: May 24 – 25 & July 3 – 5.  Join us as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D.

Kings Dominion: Join us May 23-25 and July 4-5 as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. Enjoy activities planned each day along International Street.

Michigan’s Adventure: Michigan’s Adventure will be celebrating Tribute to the Armed Forces by offering military personnel of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve a free admission. In addition, military personnel may purchase up to six additional tickets for family members at $24.00 each.

Valleyfair:  Valleyfair is honoring our Hometown Heroes with Military Appreciation Days Memorial Day Weekend- May 22-25.  Any member of the armed service, active or veteran, will receive a free regular admission ticket into Valleyfair. Along with free admission, members of the military will be able to purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $29.99 plus tax per ticket. A valid military ID must be presented at a Valleyfair ticket window to receive this offer.

Wildwater Kingdom: Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25.  Join us as we kick off the season at Wildwater Kingdom! All weekend long, active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women will receive free admission to the park (with a valid military I.D.)  Enjoy special food deals too! (while supplies last).

Kings Island:  FREE admission for active duty, VETERANS, and ROTC during Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 – 25, plus, they can buy up to 6 additional tickets for family members for the military discount price of $29.99!  Additionally, Kings Island offers a military discount to active duty military and up to 6 family members all season long!  Plus, another Free weekend during the Fourth of July holiday July 3-5

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo: FREE admission for active duty,VETERANS, retired military and up to 3 direct dependents to the Zoo on Memorial Day, May 25.

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.

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).

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.

Boston Children’s Museum: FREE admission for active duty military OR one military dependent.

Carnegie Hall:  Both active duty personnel and veterans of the US military can save 30% on tickets to Carnegie Hall presentations (except Gala events and Carnegie Hall Family Concerts). These tickets can only be purchased in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. You must present a valid military or veteran identification card, or a DD Form 214, and are limited to two tickets per person.

Birdies For The Brave: a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. As a Birdies For The Brave Sponsor, Quicken Loans is proud to support complimentary and discounted Military Ticketing throughout the PGA Tour season.

Military Kids’ Life Magazine: Military Kids’ Life is the first quarterly magazine just for military kids!  The magazine serves all branches of the military.  It is the first stop for fun ideas, up-to-date information, and creative products for military kids.  Military Kids’ Life is offering a military appreciation offer from May 6-12th off a one year subscription.  You can purchase and learn more here.

Lowe’s Home Improvement: All Veterans receive a 10% discount on Memorial Day. This is not to be confused with the Everyday 10% Military Discount which is available to those who are currently serving, Retired Veterans, or VA Recipients and their immediate family. See link for official rules.

Home Depot: A 10% discount is offered to all military veterans on Memorial Day to all veterans up to a maximum of $500. A year round 10% discount is available at all U.S. locations to active duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Must present a valid military ID. Unfortunately Home Depot does not accept state ID cards with veterans designation (some locations may). Note: Home Depot has unfortunately removed the military discount policy from their website while keeping the discount intact.

Dell Military:  Dell is proud to offer a 10% MILITARY DISCOUNT off your purchases in addition to any current sales.  Dell has many great promotions for the month of May in addition to the 10% military discount offer.  To make a purchase click here.  To receive your additional military discount offer you can email Alvina.Torres@mosaic.com

Military Brides in Michigan: Michigan’s largest bridal store Fantastic Finds is hosting a bridal gown give away event for military brides on Tuesday May 19th and Wednesday May 20th 10am-6pm in support of those who live in Michigan and are in the Armed Forces.

HAMPTON ROADS MILITARY APPRECIATION DISCOUNTS, FREEBIES, AND EVENTS

Many businesses in Hampton Roads want to share their thanks and appreciation for the military community by offering a military appreciation discount, freebie, or event. 

Below, you will find a list of some great local offers in appreciation for your military service and sacrifices made to protect our great country.  The Hampton Roads area is a strong military community representing all branches of the military.  We are proud to be a military community!  Please check back often as this list will update daily with new offers and events. 

Colonial Williamsburg: The historic attraction will offer FREE ADMISSION to military members and their families during Memorial Day weekend. From Friday, May 22, to Monday May 25, active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their families will receive free admission to the historic attraction.  On Monday, there will be a Memorial Day Commemorative Program from 10am-12pm.  Gather for a modern service honoring military veterans who died while serving their country. A procession with Fife and Drum support will proceed from the Palace to Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite. Wreaths will be laid, prayers given, and volleys fired at each stop to honor soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War interred nearby.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Waves Of Honor Program offers any active duty military, reservist or National Guardsman one free admission each year to either Busch Gardens or WaterCountry USA The one-time visit pass is valid for the military personnel and up to three direct dependents.  Other parks included in this offer are Seaworld, Sesame Street, Aquatica, and Adventure Island.

Kings Dominion: Join us May 23-25 and July 4-5 as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. Enjoy activities planned each day along International Street.

Sam’s Club: Military Families Save More In May!  Military members receive a $15 Gift Card and Free Groceries when you Join or Renew your military membership.

Dell Military:   Dell is proud to offer a 10% MILITARY DISCOUNT off your purchases in addition to any current sales.  Dell has many great promotions for the month of May in addition to the 10% military discount offer.  To make a purchase click here.  To receive your additional military discount offer you can email Alvina.Torres@mosaic.com

Paragon City Center 12: In honor of Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 16), Paragon Theaters will be offering all service members a FREE small popcorn or a $1 upgrade to a large. There also will be a FREE showing of American Sniper at 10am.  The doors open at 9:30 and it is first come first serve (military only).  Plus, be sure to check out their fantastic everyday military discount.

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant: 20% military discount for Military members on Memorial Day and Every Monday at Chesapeake and Hampton locations.  Abuelo’s will also have their American Flag Margarita available FridayMonday over Memorial Weekend.

Rebounderz of Newport News: In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Rebounderz of Newport News will offer military members and their families a special military discount of one hour jump time for only $8 for the entire month of May.

Norfolk Tides: Armed Forces Night May 9th. Join the Norfolk Tides in honoring all the brave men and women that serve in the Armed Forces. Active duty and retired military personnel as well as dependents can show their ID at the Harbor Park box office to get box seat tickets for $8.50 each and reserved seat tickets for $7.50 each.  Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganza

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Honors National Military Appreciation Month in May with special discounts and free admission.

Virginia Aquarium: Since May is National Military Appreciation Month the Virginia Aquarium will honor active duty military personnel, immediate family members, and retired military with half priced admission on Sundays and Mondays in May. A valid military ID must be presented.

Pilates-4-Virginia Beach: In honor of Military Spouse day, military spouses can attend the 10am Barre and the 5:30 p.m. Mat Pilates classes for free on May 8th.

Peninsula Hardwood Mulch: Military Appreciation Month May 1-31st 10% off (increased from their 5% everyday military discount)  good for picked up or delivered materials.

Beach Ford:  Ford is Proud to Support the Military Community through offering their military appreciation program of $500.00 Bonus Cash Offer good towards the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2014/2015-Model Ford vehicle.  Beach Ford would like to increase this offer to $750 from May 20, 2015-June 1, 2015 to show their appreciation of the military community.

Momma’s Best: 25% off Storewide in honor of Military Spouse Day and Mother’s Day from May 1-May 10, 2015.

Rachael Davis Hair Salon: Special sales on products for now through May 10th from Keratin Complex ,UNITE , Brazilian blowout, Moroccan oil and davines (20% off 3 or more products). We are also doing 10% off for all nail services for new customers.  Plus, be sure to visit them on MB to check out their military discount.

Omni Financial: Military Appreciation Days during the first part of the month of May. Omni will be providing goodies, drinks, and branded marketing items for all of our customers in the stores.  They will also be able to enter a raffle to win a year’s worth of free pizza.

Southern Shores Realty:  Military Appreciation Vacation RentalsOffers 5% military discount vacation homes in The Outer Banks.

Armed Forces Vacation Club: is a FREE membership club open to active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DoD.   They offer year round specials on travel around the world.  To view their current military travel specials click here.

LK Custom Creations: Military Spouse Owned Business features beautiful custom glass and .  Visit LK Custom Creations on Etsy:  Use coupon code SALE15 and receive 15% off your purchase from LK Custom Creations!  Sale is valid from 5/22/15-5/25/15.  Coupon does not apply on design deposits.

Texas de Brazil: Offers an everyday 15% military discount.

Sparetimes Bowling Center: Military Appreciation Days Every Sunday and Wednesday.  Military members bowl Free Wednesday from 9:30-midnight.  Bowling shoes are always free for military.

McDonald’s of Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina will donate a portion of their proceeds of every Artisan Chicken Sandwich or Big Mac Extra Value Meal to The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program for the month of May in honor of National Military Appreciation Month.

Kingsmill Championship:  May 11-17, 2015, Military Appreciation: Complimentary Single Day Grounds ticket for active duty,retired and reserve Military plus one guest.  To reserve tickets and learn more about military appreciation events click here.  New for 2015, the Kingsmill Championship and Dove have a special skybox behind #15 green for Military personnel and will feature player appearances and complimentary snacks and beverages. You will need to present you military ID for entry.  To learn more click here.

Military Kids’ Life Magazine:  Military Kids’ Life is the first quarterly magazine just for military kids!  The magazine serves all branches of the military.  It is the first stop for fun ideas, up-to-date information, and creative products for military kids.  Military Kids’ Life is offering a military appreciation offer from May 6-12th off a one year subscription.  You can purchase and learn more here.

ONLINE OFFERS (This will be updated throughout the month as offers come in-many offers will occur over Memorial Weekend.  We expect some great deals)

Veterans Flag Depot: America’s #1 online store for made in America Flags.  Veterans Flag Depot offers a 5% military discount every day. There are many patriotic holidays coming up to proudly display your beautiful flag.

Additional Military Appreciation Events In Hampton Roads

Joint Military Spouse Appreciation Night May 12, 2015 Hampton Roads

The 3rd Annual Virginia Run For The Fallen

Military Spouse Appreciation Luncheon At Kingsmill Resort

Patriotic Festival May 29-31, 2015

Armed Forces Night At The Norfolk Tides

Free Admission To The Kingsmill Championship 

NATIONAL EVENTS FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND

Memorial Weekend Events Washington DC Area: (Courtesy of DC.About.Com)

National Memorial Day Concert. Washington DC, Sunday, May 24, 2015, 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. 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 guest artists along with the National Symphony Orchestra.

National Memorial Day Parade: Washington DC, Monday, May 25, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m. The parade of Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states steps off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. The National Memorial Day Parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and includes patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally: Sunday, May 24, 2015. Departure from the Pentagon at 12 p.m. Speaker Program and Musical Tribute 1:30 p.m. at the Reflecting Pool across from The Lincoln Memorial. Thousands of motorcycles ride through Washington in an annual demonstration seeking to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues.

Arlington National Cemetery: Flags-In. Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will be joined by service members from the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard in placing more than 250,000 grave decorating flags at Arlington National Cemetery. The flags will remain through Memorial Day.

Monday, May 25, 2015, 11 a.m. A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Memorial Day.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015, 4 p.m. The Women In Military Service For America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades. Members of the public are invited to join in the personal tribute segment of the program.

Navy Memorial

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11 a.m. Rolling Thunder visits the Navy Memorial and holds a wreath-laying ceremony featuring special guests and live performances.
  • Monday, May 25, 2015, 10 a.m. Fleet Reserve Association Wreath laying, 12 p.m. U.S. Navy Band Concert, 1 p.m. Naval District Washington Wreath laying.

World War II Memorial
Monday, May 25, 2015, 9 a.m. The National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will sponsor a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of our veterans. Guest speakers will give remarks. The theme for the commemoration is “Honoring our Fallen Warriors.” Many surviving WWII veterans will be in attendance.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Monday, May 25, 2015, 1 p.m. Thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor the U.S. armed forces. The wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public.

Air Force Memorial
Monday, May 25, 2015, 9 a.m. wreath laying ceremony is open to the public. Activities include the national anthem, invocation, speeches, the laying of the wreath and the sounding of Taps.

President Lincoln’s Cottage
Monday, May 25, 2015. Take a free guided tour of the USSAH National Cemetery (predecessor of Arlington National Cemetery) at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A wreath laying ceremony will also take place at the Soldiers’ Home at 10 a.m. Tours of the Cottage will be available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the regular price of $15 for adults and $5 for children. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Advanced reservations for Cottage Tours are strongly recommended.

NEW YORK CITY MEMORIAL WEEKEND EVENT

New York City Fleet Week: Annual New York City Fleet Week May 20-26, 2015.  This is a Free week long event which includes Parade of Ships (May 20th), Navy Band Concert, Larchmont Memorial Day Parade, Joint Aviation Event, Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade, College Point Memorial Day Parade, Maspeth Memorial Day Parade, Village of Hastings-on-Hudson Memorial Day Parade, Fleet Week New York Community Music Festival, several General Public Visitation (ship tours), 147th Kings County Memorial Day Parade, and several other parades which can be found here.

HAMPTON ROADS MEMORIAL WEEKEND EVENTS

Hampton Roads Memorial Weekend Events

 

This list will be updated throughout the month as new offers/events come in.  Feel free to add any in the comment section below.  Also, be sure to follow us on Social Media where we will also be sharing great military appreciation offers throughout the month.  MB also shares everyday military discounts on our website both local, national, and online.  Be sure to check it out on MB.

MB would like to say “Thank You” to military members past, present, and future.  We appreciate all that you do to protect our country. 

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    1. Hello Iris,

      I am sorry. I don’t understand this comment. Are you asking a question. Please clarify and I will be happy to answer.

      Have a great day,
      Danya

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I have served in the British Army for the last 20 years, my partners and my self came to New York last year and purchased New York City Passes that were discounted from an office in New York , we are going there again October and I want to get the discounted passes again but can’t find the details from last year do you do this or have you any ideas who I could contact? Thanks for all your help.

    SGT Steven Cox

    1. Hey Steven,

      Were your discounted passes due to the fact that you were in the military? I would be surprised if there were any discounts given in the U.S. for service members from another country. However, I could be completely wrong! The USO in NYC is amazing with all sorts of discounts, http://www.usonyc.org/visiting-new-york/.

      Here is a good article to read for NYC discounts, http://www.military.com/discounts/10-new-york-military-discounts.html.

      I hope this helps.

      Have a great afternoon and a great trip in October,
      Danya

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