Memorial Day is a federal holiday for honoring military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Memorial Day weekend also (unofficially) markets the start of summer in Kansas City and elsewhere. Everything looks different this year, but we’re still here to help you start your Kansas City summer for free or on the cheap.
We’ve got a list of deals, discounts and things to do this 2020 Memorial Day weekend in Kansas City that won’t bust your budget. Check back as we’re adding more to this list all the time. If your business has a deal or event, send us details at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it for FREE!
Some Memorial Day Weekend deals and discounts are available to everyone while others are specific to members of the military. In some cases, special offers are also being extended to workers on the front lines of our public health needs.
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- Military Discounts in Kansas City Offered Year-Round
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Kansas City Memorial Day Weekend Food & Drink Discounts & Specials
Bonefish Grill: Enjoy entree and gift card specials beginning May 22. Bonefish Grill is also extending its 10% military discount indefinitely beginning Memorial Day (May 25). See here for more details on this trio of offers.
Chili’s: For one day only (May 25), you can get a half order of Chili’s baby back ribs from the 3 for $10 menu. This Memorial Day special comes in with a non-alcoholic beverage and choice of chips and salsa or select salad or soup.
Hooters: Members of the military and healthcare workers can get 20% off all food orders through Memorial Day.
Long John Silver’s: The seafood chain is currently offering discounts to active-duty military, first responders (EMTs, fire fighters, law enforcement), healthcare workers and teachers. Through May 31, these hometown heroes will receive 10% off their order every day of the week. Active duty military personnel receive 20% off orders on Mondays. Customers just need to show a valid ID / employer badge to redeem the offer.
McCormick & Schmick’s: All U.S. Military members, veterans, nurses, doctors and first responders (firefighters, police, paramedics and EMTs) can enjoy 10% off dine-in meals at McCormick & Schmick’s on May 25. The offer is good for parties up to six people. Does not apply to alcohol or gift card purchases.
Transport Brewery: This Shawnee-based brewery gives veterans and active military members a 20% discount on beverages any day they’re open. They have extended hours Memorial Day Weekend and Sancho Streetside food truck onsite on Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m.
Quiznos: Current or former military members can get a FREE 8-inch sub with the purchase of an 8-inch sub and two bottled drinks. The deal is good May 22-25.
Kansas City Memorial Day Retail, Services, Other Discounts & Specials
Academy: Military receive 10% off May 4-25. Some exclusions apply. Present valid ID for in-store purchases. When shopping online, verify your military, first responder or healthcare professional status with the id.me buttons on the Shopping Cart page. Once verified, copy and paste promo code into the promo code section on the Shopping Cart page for single-use redemption.
A Story Before Bed: This offer is available year round for military parents. Members of any of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who are deploying or already deployed are eligible to sign up to make FREE recordings of themselves reading bedtime stories to send to their children. Just fill out the online form and you’ll receive an e-mail confirming your signup. Click on the link in the confirmation e-mail and you’ll be able to start making free recordings immediately.
Big Lots: First responders, medical professionals, active military personnel and veterans are being given 15% off everything in Big Lots stores and online, at least through the end of May. When shopping online use code BIGHEROES at checkout. In stores, just offer up your valid work ID, military ID or badge.
Condé Nast Traveler Subscription: Prepare for traveling again (soon, hopefully) with a one-year subscription to the lifestyle travel magazine for $5. Get two years for $10. Both offers come with print and digital access and a FREE tote. A single copy from the newsstand runs about $6.99, so either option is a bargain. If you buy a subscription, remember that they will renew you automatically (probably not at this great price) so mark your calendar to cancel or see if their customer service department will cut you a deal.
Kansas City Memorial Day Weekend Activities & Celebrations
Memorial Day Weekend is a time for honoring, exploring and having fun. Here are some ideas for paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and making the most of the start of summer in Kansas City.
Celebration at the Station Best of Broadcast: The Kansas City Symphony is partnering with with KCPT (Kansas City PBS) to present a “best of” broadcast from the last several years. This broadcast replaces the annual FREE outdoor concert usually held on the grounds of Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Highlights include local performers, special guests, honoring of troops, orchestra showstoppers and a tribute to our military, medical professionals and first responders fighting our public health crisis.
The broadcast schedule on KCPT/Channel 19 is:
- Sunday, May 24 – 7 p.m.
- Monday, May 24 – 8:30 p.m.
- KCPT will also simulcast through its YouTube channel
Drive-In Movies: The B&B Twin Theatres Drive-In in Independence is open for business. Enjoy a single classic feature for $20 a carload. Check here for the schedule and to purchase tickets in advance.
Kansas State Parks: Even though swimming beaches in Kansas State Parks are closed, you can still enjoy the fishing lakes and wildlife areas. Find more information at Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. If you don’t make fishing over Memorial Day Weekend, be sure to mark your calendar for Missouri and Kansas FREE fishing days in June.
National World War I Museum and Memorial: The museum is reopening to general public June 2, but you can join virtually for events happening on Memorial Day.
Swimming and Spray Grounds: Sadly, swimming may not be a common summer activity this year. Many local pools and acquatic centers are not opening due to public health concerns. Check here for the latest updates on public swimming pool and spray ground openings in Kansas City.
More Virtual Memorial Day Weekend Celebrations & Ceremonies
Although, in many cases, it is not possible to gather together in person for Memorial Day 2020, many organizations and venues are paying tribute to our nation’s heroes with virtual ceremonies. When following the links, pay close attention as we have converted times listed below to CDT, but event sites will have them noted as local time of the host location.
American Legion National Headquarters: The organization is compiling a list of service members that will be honored through social media May 22-25. Here’s how you can submit information for your hero.
Fort Riley Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony: Located about two hours from Kansas City, Fort Riley is hosting a virtual ceremony May 25 to honor fallen warriors that have defended our nation. There ceremony will be available via livestream at 11:50 a.m. on the Fort Riley Facebook page.
National Memorial Day Concert: For the first time in 31 years, this American tradition will be held virtually. TheNational Memorial Day Concert is hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise and features musical performances, documentary footage, and readings to honor those who have served our country. There will also be recognition to those who are serving on the front lines of our public health needs. The 90-minute show can be watched locally on KCPT/Channel 19 on May 24 at 8:30 and 11 p.m. CDT.
National Memorial Day Parade: Held annually in the nation’s capital, the National Memorial Day Parade is a moving timeline of American military history that honors those who have served and scarified from the American Revolution to today. The spirit of the parade is being carried on with a special broadcast airing on American Forces Network at 1 p.m. CDT on May 25, and on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliate stations nationwide. Check here for a list of local broadcast times and channels.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is observing Memorial Day 2020 with a virtual ceremony at noon CDT on May 25. Join the commemoration by sharing a personal written or video message. You can also take a virtual tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.