Memorial Day freebies, deals and military discounts

Hundreds of retailers and restaurants offer Memorial Day discounts to veterans, active duty and retired U.S. military, National Guard and reservists. In some cases, spouses and families members are included. Many discounts aren't publicized, so ask if one is available and have your ID handy to get the deals.

Home Depot: Veterans and immediate families can get 10 percent off purchases with a maximum discount up to $500 on Monday with some restrictions. The discount also is available to vets on Independence, Labor and Veterans Day. Active duty, career and disabled vets and reservist guards and family can get the discounts every day.

Lowe's: Same deal as Home Depot, above.

Butterfly World: Veterans and active-duty military with ID get in free at the Coconut Creek attraction through Monday. That's a $24.95 value.

Blue Star Museum Program: Free entry to 1,600 museums for active-duty military and their families beginning Memorial Day through Sept. 3.

Apple's Federal Government & Military Employee Purchase Program: Get discounts from 4 percent to 9 percent on Apple products. Call 877-377-6362 for details.

Hooters: Get 10 free wings for veterand and active duty military with ID on Monday at participating Central and South Florida restaurants.

GM Military Discount: General Motors offers savings of up to $500 on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles in what it claims is "the best military discount from any car company." The offer is for active duty members, reserves and retirees and spouses.

National Parks Pass: Active military personnel and their dependents can get a free annual pass to U.S. National Parks and Fish and Wildlife Service sites. Those 62 and older can get a lifetime Seniors Pass for free entrance to more than 2,000 parks for $10.

Jo-Ann Fabric: 20 percent discount on Friday-Monday for past or present members of the armed forcesand their families on regular, sale and clearance
items with ID.

Disney's Armed Forces Salute: Walt Disney World is offering active and retired members of the U.S. military, Coast Guart, National Guard and Reservists and spouses may buy up to six 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for $138 each. Tickets must be purchased at U.S. military sales outlets, not at the gate. Plus, get up to 40 percent off at Disney Resorts by calling 407-939-7830. Offers expire Sept. 30.

Anheuser-Busch Here's to the Heroes: This program offers free admission for active military and up to three direct dependents to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and other theme parks through Dec. 31.


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