Commemorate Memorial Day 2019 in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond with these free or low-cost events. Check back soon for more events, plus some freebies and special deals for military members and veterans. Follow the links for more details.
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Check back soon for more Memorial Day events, plus some freebies for veterans and military members.
Memorial Day Events in the Triangle
Saturday, May 25th, and Sunday, May 26th
Various locations in Chapel Hill
This weekend celebration includes lots of live music, food trucks, a punk rock flea market, jousting, a dunk tank, and of course, Jaws on the big screen
Price varies. Some events are free. The main live music shows are $10.
Memorial Day Remembrance: The American Soldier Through the Ages
Saturday, May 25th, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 26th, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham
$3 for adults, $2 for kids
Join military living historians representing the American soldier of all time periods.
Memorial Day Observance in Cary
Monday, May 27th, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Veterans Freedom Park, 1513 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary
Join the community for a ceremony in remembrance of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The ceremony will feature speakers from the Town of Cary and local armed forces community support groups.A list of speakers and community support groups will be available closer to the event date.
Free parking (regular and handicap accessible) will be available at Cary Academy (1500 N. Harrison Ave.), which is located across the street from the Veterans Freedom Park. There will be a handicap accessible shuttle running from Cary Academy’s parking lot to the event at Veterans Freedom Park. There will also be a police provided crosswalk available to those who wish to walk from the parking lot instead of taking the shuttle.
The Town will again offer toy soldiers that citizens can write a soldier’s name on and place in the memorial as a way to honor all of those who have served in the armed forces. These soldiers will be saved and placed in the monument every Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Memorial Day Concert by Raleigh Concert Band
Sunday, May 26th, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Raleigh National Cemetery, 501 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh
Memorial Day Observance in Benson
Monday, May 27th, 2019
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Garner Veterans Memorial in Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner
Memorial Day Weekend Freebies and Discounts
- McCormick & Schmick’s: Monday, active members of U.S. military and National Guard, as well as veterans, get a free lunch or dinner entrée. Monday, May 27th.
- Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill: Treat a hero to a free meal on Monday, May 27th. Dine with a veteran, active duty service member or Gold Star family member and their lunch or dinner is free. Receive one complimentary military entrée equal or less to your entrée purchase.
- Ace Hardware: On Saturday, May 25th, 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.
- Goodyear Auto Service: From May 23-27, Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tires locations nationwide will offer active and retired military FREE car care checks and 10 percent off of Goodyear Tires. For the first 2,000 free car care checks scheduled, they’ll make a donation up to $10,000 to military support organization, Honor and Remember. This discount can be used in conjunction with up to $275 in tire-related rebates. Military members can book their appointment at www.JustTires.com/military and www.GoodyearAutoService.com/military. As long as qualifying guests make their appointment by May 27, they can take advantage of this deal through June 13.
- Pilot Flying J: Traveling? Download the Pilot Flying J app, enter the promo code ROADTRIP and save $5 on your next in-store purchase of $10 through May 27th.
- Check back soon for more!