Memorial Day 2020 in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill is a lot different this year. There aren’t any in-person planned gatherings, either to commemorate our fallen military personnel, or to just celebrate the beginning of the summer.
We do have a few freebies and discounts to share and a few ideas for how to celebrate. Then scroll down to see what’s on our calendar for this weekend. Many of the events are virtual events.
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Memorial Day Weekend Freebies and Discounts
- McCormick & Schmick’s: Military members, veterans, nurses, doctors, first responders, firefighters, police, paramedics and EMTs get 10% off on their meals on Monday, May 25th. This offer is good for dine-in only, for parties up to 6. Not valid on to-go, alcoholic beverages or gift cards.
- Ace Hardware: On Saturday, May 23rd, all participating locations of Ace Hardware are giving away free American flags, while supplies last. They’re giving away one million flags across the country. This is for anyone, not just military personnel.
- Outback Steakhouse: Every day, all servicemen and servicewomen, police officers, firefighters and first responders get 10% off their entire check.
- Quiznos: Current or former military members can get a free 8-inch sub with the purchase of an 8-inch sub and 2 bottled drinks. The deal is good May 22-25.
Memorial Day Weekend Ideas
Although there won’t be parades or gatherings this Memorial Day, we’ve managed to round up a few ideas of things to do.
Taps Across America
All buglers and trumpet players, of any skill level are invited to play Taps on their front lawn or porch at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 25th, as part of Taps Across America.
Please keep in mind crowds, though, that many of these spots have been experiencing large crowds and have even been having to set limits and refuse entry. It’s a good bet that Memorial Day Weekend will bring some big crowds.
Enjoy the grounds of Historic Oak View County Park, and visit the resident goats if they are out and about. If not, you can write them a letter and they’ll write back!
Get some Fair Food
The N.C. State Fair is hosting the first of two Drive Thru Fair Food Weekends from Friday to Monday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Enter the fairgrounds parking area off Trinity Road and order from your car. Please remain in your vehicle. Servers will come to you.
Go to a Drive-In Movie at a Pizza Place
V Pizza in Cary is showing drive-in movies in their parking lot Wednesdays through Saturdays. There’s no cost, and you can order food and drinks from your car. They’ll bring your order out to you.