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Memorial Day 2014 freebies, discounts & deals: America honors our military

Memorial Day Feebies, Discounts & Deals: America honors our military
Courtesy of Robert Linder

It’s official! After what seemed like a never-ending winter of 2014, a long holiday weekend is finally here! Americans are ready to celebrate the highly-anticipated occasion which is also known as the unofficial kick-off to the summer season. According to an ABC News report published on May 25, the last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday celebrated annually in the United States. This year's observance takes place on May 26, 2014.

As we pay tribute to the brave men and women in uniform who have served our country, some restaurants and businesses across the nation will be offering a slew of steals-and-deals in honor of the occasion.

Memorial Day 2014 Deals

Free Wine Tasting - Military personnel and one guest will receive free wine tastings all year long when they sign up for a subscription from the fine folks at Hall Wines. It's time to drink wine!

Hooter’s Freebie – Participating Hooter’s locations will be servin’ up 10 free wings to active duty, veterans and spouses on Memorial Day. A drink purchase is required.

Boston Market Deal – Participating Boston Market locations will be offering 50 percent off any Family Meal purchase on May 26, 2014. Valid online (with coupon code 31354) or in the restaurant with printable coupon.

Free Shoney’s Burger – Active duty and veterans will receive a free All-American Burger on Memorial Day. This offer is for dine-in only and military ID is required.

Twin Peaks Free Meal Deal – How does a burger sound right about now? All veterans and current military will receive a complimentary meal at all Twin Peaks on Monday, May 26, 2014.

Long John Silver’s Meal Deal – All veterans and active military members will receive a Free Combo Meal at participating Long John Silver’s on May 26, 2014. Coupon and military ID required.

Jamba Juice BOGO – Buy a Smoothie or Juice at participating Jamba Juice locations, and get one for free. Offer ends May 26 - coupon required.

Free Cone at Wendy’s – Participating Wendy’s will be servin’ up free Frosty Waffle Cones from 12 – 8:00 p.m. on May 26, 2014. No purchase is necessary – one cone per customer, while supplies last. Please note - this freebie is only available in select locations.

Memorial Day Wine Dinner for Two – Stop by Paul Martin’s American Grill for a delicious meal for two which includes two organic green salads, two entrées and a fine bottle of wine from a fabulous selection for just $49 per couple. This offer is valid on Sunday or Monday.

Free Family History Search – If you’d like to know about your family’s military history, you're in luck. My Heritage is offering a special deal for the Memorial Day weekend.

AAA Tow to Go - Just in case you have a big bash over the holiday weekend or celebrate National Wine Day a little too much, the American Automobile Association will once again be offering its free Tow to Go program. The service, in select locations, runs from May 23 – May 26, 2014. Get a ride home and a tow – within a 10-mile radius, at no cost.

Free Admission to Blue Star Museums – Thousands of museums, exhibits and art centers across the nation will be offering free admission to active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel (and their families) from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 2014.

Free Admission to California State Parks – All veterans, active and reserve military will get free admission to participating California State Parks on May 26, 2014. Military ID is required.

Waves of Honor - Active duty, activated or drilling reservists or National Guardsman will receive complimentary admission per year to some pretty awesome parks like Sea World, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA. Please visit the website for details.

JC Penny Discount – JC Penny will be offering an extra 20 percent off select shoes, accessories, home, fine jewelry and apparel items OR 10 percent off furniture, mattresses, custom blinds and watches, to current and former military personnel (and family members) during its Fit for Every Hero promotion. See coupon for details – in-store only.

GM Military Discount – If you are in the market for a new ride, General Motors is offering a discount on eligible new Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles to active duty, reserve, retired, veterans and their spouses. This offer is valid through June 30, 2014.

Free Printable Flag – Download this free, patriotic U.S. Flag complete with the National Anthem.

Please note - Not all businesses and organizations will participate in the offers listed above. Please check with your local business or website for specific rules.

Whether you will be hitting the road or staying close to home, happy Memorial Day! And thank you to all who have served.