Memorial Day Weekend 2018 is upon us and besides being the unofficial start of the summer season, it is a weekend to remember those who are past and present military members. That is what many of the popular establishments around the nation are doing today. According to Fox News, the deals and freebies are "marching in" just in time for the active service members and veterans to enjoy their holiday. From free meals to free admission, the nation is opening up its doors [VIDEO]and gates to thank the men and women who are in the military today and who once served in the military.

Businesses offer free food and great deals

Some businesses are offering free meals and products and others are offering deep discounts, but anyway you look at it you are getting a deal for your holiday outing.

Check out the offers below. The offers below are for Military veterans and active-duty personnel unless otherwise specified. Most businesses will want to see a military ID before honoring the freebie or discounted deal.

Hooters

This restaurant is offering a free meal to vets and active service members when they buy a drink. This special is for one day only, May 28, at Hooters locations across the nation.

Boston Market

This is one good meal deal for you and your family to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend. You get an entire rotisserie chicken, a half-rack of ribs, four side orders, and four pieces of cornbread, according to Investor Place. This makes one enticing picnic for $29.99.

Fogo de Chao

For this deal, the military guest will get 50 percent off their meal and up to three of their guests will also receive their meals at a discount of 10 percent.

Home Depot

This special is for Memorial Day only, you get a 10 percent discount when shopping in their store on anything you purchase.

Kings Dominion

This is a place for the entire family to have a day out as free admission is offered for veterans and active military members. Their dependents will get discounted tickets as well.

Knotts Berry Farm

This is another family-friendly place where the active military member or veteran will be offered one free admission per adult and for those who come along with you, they will be offered discounted tickets as well (up to six people).

LaMar’s Donuts

A free doughnut and a cup of coffee are offered on May 28 for any active duty or veteran service member.

McCormick & Schmick’s

For one day only, May 28, this establishment is offering free entrees for veterans and active duty service members, along with Gold Star honorees.

Ninety-Nine

Vets and active service members have their pick of one of the "9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu" for free with the purchase of another meal.

Outback Steakhouse

This restaurant is offering the military member or vet 20 percent off their entire check all weekend.

Starting from Thursday, May 24 and going through Monday, May 28.

Einstein Bagels

You need to show proof that you live locally at this Bagel shop's participating locations to receive their buy-one-get-one-free deal. This offer lets you chose from Einstein Bagels' new Flavors Across America menu. This deal is good from May 26 until May 28.

Sweet Frog

A warm late spring day and frozen yogurt at 20 percent off to all military personnel and veterans sounds like it's worth the outing. This deal is for one day only, May 28.

Texas de Brazil

Veterans and active duty military can look forward to 50 percent off their dinner or lunch on May 28 only. If you come with guests, they will get 20 percent off their check as well. They will honor this for up to seven guests.

Twin Peaks

They are offering a free meal to past and present service members at their participating locations.

Walgreens

This neighborhood store will offer 20 percent off regular priced merchandise to all veterans and active military who have a Walgreens Balance Rewards card. Now that gives you some incentive to stock up at your local pharmacy for sure over the Memorial Day weekend.

Firebird's Restaurant

Bring a past or present military member into the restaurant and they will receive their entree for free. This offer is good on May 28 only.

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