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. We’re here to help you start your Kansas City summer for free or on the cheap.
Some Memorial Day Weekend deals and discounts are available to everyone while others are specific to members of the military or veterans.
We’ve got a list of deals, discounts and things to do this 2021 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 email@example.com and we’ll add it for FREE!
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Kansas City 2021 Memorial Day Weekend Food & Drink Discounts & Specials
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: In honor of Memorial Day (and all year long), military service members and first responders will receive a 10% off HEROES discount at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. For those wanting to thank a service member or first responder, for a limited time, when guests purchase $50 in gift cards online, they will receive a $10 bonus card. (Redemption period May 17 – July 18)
Kona Grill: All veterans and military personnel get 20% off their check for in-restaurant dining at Kona Grill on Memorial Day. The offer also applies to first responders and front-line workers, including healthcare professionals, teachers and other essential workers.
Lamar’s Donuts: All veterans, active and retired service members can get a FREE regular donut and small coffee on Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021. A small fountain drink can be ordered instead of the coffee, if preferred. Participating stores in Kansas City include:
- 8615 College Boulevard, Overland Park
- 12520 Quivira Road, Overland Park
- 9926 Holmes Road, Kansas City
- 722 N 7 Hwy, Blue Springs
- 705 S. E. Melody Lane, Suite G, Lee’s Summit
- 3395 Main St., Kansas City
- 5901 Johnson Dr., Mission
Minsky’s Pizza: Enjoy the American Pie Memorial Weekend special from Minsky’s Pizza available May 28-31, 2021. Get 20% off your entire order for dine in, carry out, curbside pick up or delivery (excludes alcohol). For online ordering, enter code AmPie21.
Olive Garden: If you take the whole family to Olive Garden, enjoy an extra take-home entrée for just $5. Pick up enough extra meals to enjoy over the holiday weekend. Choose from Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Stuffed Fettuccine Alfredo.
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 Sports + Outdoors: Here’s a deal that goes well beyond Memorial Day. Active duty military and veterans, as well as first responders, can save 10% at Academy Sports + Outdoors from May 2 through July 5, 2021. The discount is available for in-store or online purchases.
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.
BBQ Guys: Grilling on Memorial Day is an annual tradition for many — the perfect way to kick-off the start of summer. If you’re looking for hot deals on everything you need for outdoor cooking, BBQ Guys is holding a Memorial Day Sale with lots of summery savings on grills, equipment and more. Check back often, as new deals are added daily up to May 31.
Big Lots: Save big at Big Lots! The discount store is offering 20% off select indoor furniture, as well as deals on patio rugs, select pools, patio folding tables and chairs. The sale runs from May 22 to June 5. Plus, there are additional four-day deals over the Memorial Day weekend. Big Rewards shoppers get $10 Big Bucks coupons for every $100 spent. Also, veterans, active military and their families can enjoy a year-round discount of 10% off all in-store and online purchases.
Walgreens: Military and veterans (and their families) receive 20% off eligible regular-priced items at Walgreens — from May 28 to 31. The offer is only valid in-store with myWalgreens membership and proof of service.
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.
Drive-In Movies: The Boulevard Drive-In is open for business. Enjoy a single feature on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
National Memorial Day Concert: This Memorial Day tradition returns for a special presentation on PBS Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 7 p.m. CDT and is hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise. The National Memorial Day Concert 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 via live streaming or locally on KCPT/Channel 19 on May 30 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. CDT.