In honor of Memorial Day, these D-FW restaurants and attractions have free offers and discounts for members of the military past and present and some deals extend to their families, friends and even you and me. Military ID or proof of service may be required.
Blue Star Museums
As part of the Blue Star Museums coalition, museums across the country offer free admission to active-duty personnel, including National Guard and reserves, and up to five family members all summer long. Among the Dallas-Fort Worth museums participating are Frontiers of Flight, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Meadows Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Kimbell Art Museum and more. See the complete list here. The offer continues through Labor Day.
Create your own pizza picnic with Cici's Memorial Day weekend to go offer. Pick three of these items, in any combination, for $3.99 each: medium one-topping pizza; cheesy bread (24 count); Cici's Cinnamon Rolls (20 count). The offer is good May 24-27 at participating Cici's. Find a location near you.
Play, interact, design and color at the Crayola Experience, a family-fun attraction inside the Shops at Willow Bend. Active and retired military members receive complimentary admission, and immediate family members get a 25% discount on general admission. Through May 31. See details here.
Helpful Honda BBQ Pop-up
Everyone is invited to a free Memorial Day weekend picnic at White Rock Lake courtesy of the Helpful Honda dealers of North Texas. Barbecue and sides are from One90 Smoked Meats. The pop-up event is first-come, first-served. May 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Stone Tables and Pavilion, 553-683 E. Lawther Drive on the east side of the lake.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
It's Dollar Day for all on Memorial Day with $1 general admission, sodas, hot dogs, beer, popcorn and programs. In addition to live thoroughbred racing, Def Leggend, a Def Leppard tribute band, plays on the Courtyard of Champions between races (starting after the fourth race) and for an hour after live racing is finished. May 27, gates open at noon. lonestarpark.com
Maple Leaf Diner
The Canadian-themed diner, featured on the Food Network's Incredible Edible America for its over-the-top eats, goes all American with the Red, White & Blue Burger, on the menu for $10.99 through the end of May. The beef (or chicken) patty is tossed in Buffalo sauce with blue cheese dressing, then stacked with fried mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. The bun is topped off with jalapeño poppers and ranch dressing. Through May 31 at the Maple Leaf Dinner, 12817 Preston Road, Dallas.
Memorial Day Pool Party at The Texas Pool
A Memorial Day swim party at the Texas-shaped pool includes pool games, entertainment and a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. Buy barbecue, treats at the snack bar, or bring your cooler (no alcohol, please). Admission is $5 and $1 of that will be donated to Operation Once in a Lifetime, whose mission is to support American troops. May 27 from noon to 6 p.m at the Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive, Plano.
It's Military Appreciation weekend with 50% off GeO-Deck adult general admission for all members of the military. Show your ID when you purchase tickets. May 24-27 at Reunion Tower at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival
The medieval festival closes out its 2019 season with three days of discounted admissions for the troops and their families. May 25-27, active duty service personnel and up to four of their family members can receive $4 off adult tickets when purchased at the gate (with vaild ID). On Memorial Day, all military, active or retired, are invited to march in the Grande Parade at 1 p.m. srfestival.com
Texas de Brazil
The Brazilian-American churrascaria, or steakhouse, offers a 50% meal discount for veterans and active-duty military personnel, plus 20% off for up to eight of their guests. Offer is good May 27-29. Find locations in Dallas, Addison and Fort Worth.
Military personnel can choose a complimentary entree from a special menu. Choices include Twin Peaks' Ol' Fashioned B.L.T., cheeseburger, wedge salad and chicken tenders. Any diner who donates to the Folds of Honor nonprofit will receive a $5 gift card to use on his or her next visit to Twin Peaks (one per customer). Offer good on Monday, May 27 from open to close. Find a location here.
Active and retired military members can get a free car care check and 10% discount on the purchase of Goodyear tires. This deal is good through June 13 as long as you book your appointment by May 27. Added bonus: Just Tires will donate up to $10,000 to military support non-profit Honor and Remember for the first 2,000 free car care checks scheduled. Find a location near you.