Memorial Day in the U.S. invokes images of Americana with as much variety as the American experience itself.
As a nod to the real reason for the holiday, businesses around the country are offering special meal deals for veterans and active military service members this Memorial Day weekend.
Here are six places you can go for free food on Monday, May 30, with your military ID:
On the 30th, choose your favorite item from the Hooters Memorial Day menu: Buffalo chicken salad, Buffalo chicken sandwich, Hooters burger or 10-Piece Traditional or Boneless wings with your choice of sauce.
2. McCormick & Schmick’s
A military ID will get you a free lunch or dinner entree on Memorial Day at the seafood and steak chain.
Don’t feel like grilling out this weekend? Get your burger fix at Shoney’s instead.
Military personnel can enjoy a complimentary Shoney’s signature All-American burger and fries on May 30.
4. McAlister’s Deli
Get a free entree, drink and dessert on Memorial Day if you’re in uniform or present your military I.D.
5. MOD Pizza
Eat a free salad or 11-inch pizza at MOD’s on Memorial Day, according to Time.
Anyone can get a free small Frosty on Memorial Day at participating restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.
Lots of restaurants offer military discounts year-round, as well. So don’t forget to ask if you don’t see your favorite place on the list.
Also check your local museums, zoos and theme parks this weekend for free or discounted admission for military personnel and families.
And, even if you’re enjoying the holiday, we remind you to take some time this Memorial Day to remember those we’ve lost in service.
Your Turn: What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?
Editorial intern Carissa Richetti contributed research to this post.
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).