Memorial Day

5 Of The Best Ways to Relax, Honor And Save

[Infographic Included: Memorial Day Weekend Stats]

by Bill Flitter

Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally one of the best times of the year to buy and celebrate a new car in America. Almost every dealer posts a great sale, not to mention there are car shows to attend, veterans to honor, parades to attend, and the kids absolutely love the water parks.

Did you know...

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember and honor military personnel that have passed. (Veterans day is intended to thank all living military personnel for their service.)
Memorial Day weekend

5 Ways To Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend With Your Family

Honoring Veternans

Focusing back on why we celebrate Memorial Day, there are many services around the country to honor those who have fallen. In Pleasanton, CA there is a flag-raising ceremony followed by a breakfast to honor everyone who has served our country, and all veterans are welcomed to join. Many areas around the country are holding similar events so check the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ website to find your nearest service.

New Car Shopping

If you’re in the market for a Ford, you’re in good luck, because Ford is offering some of the best deals this Memorial Day weekend. Offers include up to $2,000 customer cash and 0% financing. This offer is for the Expedition, Explorer, and the Fusion. Now might also be the best time to buy a Honda. They are offering dealer cash and 0.9% financing. But it’s Nissan that really wants to compete with Ford. Nissan is offering up to $2,500 customer cash and that coveted 0% financing. When will Honda ever provide 0% financing for the Honda Pilots? I’ve never seen it, it’s probably because they sell so well.

Military Discounts on New Cars

Toyota

Active duty military, inactive reservists, retirees, veterans discharged within one year, and household members qualify for a $500 rebate on all new Toyota vehicles.

Hyundai

All active duty, Reservist/National Guard, veteran and retired military personnel will receive an additional $500 off all 2016 and all 2017 model year new Hyundai vehicles through January 2, 2018.

Honda

The Honda Military Appreciation Offer includes $500 toward the purchase or lease of any new 2016 or newer model year Honda automobile. This offer is valid through March 31, 2018.

Ford

Ford Motor Company offers military members and their families a $500 Bonus Cash. The offer is good toward the purchase or lease of an eligible new Ford or Lincoln vehicle.

Acura

Acura has a Military Appreciation Offer, which includes $750 toward any 2017 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease through Acura Financial Services. This offer is valid through March 31, 2018.

General Motors

General Motors offers active duty members, reservists, retirees, spouses, and veterans within one year of discharge, savings and incentives on eligible Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicles.

In addition to their regular discount, GM typically offers a special discount in honor of Military Appreciation Month.  All active, reserve, retired and veteran military — regardless of separation date — can receive the General Motors military discount on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. Check back in May for details.

Kia

Kia offers a Military Specialty Incentive Program (up to $400 incentive) for qualified customers on new vehicles purchased between May 2, 2017 and July 10, 2017. (Even if this deal has expired, check with your local dealership to ask about the program and possible new dates.)

Nissan

Military personnel qualify for Nissan’s Vehicle Purchase Program. Active duty, Reserves, retired and veterans (within 12 months of active duty) get a “No-haggle” buying experience, the ability to combine VPP discount with all eligible offers and incentives, NMAC/IFS lease specials, and still applicable APRs.

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Did you know...

New York was the first city to recognize Memorial Day in 1873

Car Shows

There are tons of car shows taking place across the country this weekend, including the Denver area. If you live near the Denver Metro Area and you want to support your local veterans while at the same time checking out some awesome cars, then sign up here.  If Hot Rods are your style, then you’ll want to check out Hot Rod Time. They have a continuous listing of hot rod car shows taking place around the country. If you’re in the Texas area, then you must take a look at this site. It’s chock full of car shows in the great state of Texas.

Did you know...

900k people are expected to attend Rolling Thunder, the annual motorcycle rally in Washington DC.

Parades

New York goes crazy for veterans with a big Memorial Day parade. This year it starts at 1 pm on Grand Ave. at 72nd St. in Queens on Monday, May 29 at 2 pm. Check out Time Out New York for more information. Time Out Chicago also has an impressive list of parades for those in the Midwest (Time Out has listings of things to do in many large cities around the world). While parades are a great way to celebrate our veterans, you might want to hold off on the fireworks. Yes, it’s mostly because many vets don’t appreciate loud booming sounds. It resembles mortar fire. So forgo the firecrackers that sound like machine guns. Just stick to the marching and save the fireworks for the 4th of July!

Did you know...

1.5 million people will watch the annual Memorial Day Parade on TV

Water Parks

Let’s say you went out and bought a new family SUV or sedan and you’re ready to take her for a spin! You might want to test out the cargo space. Pack up the kids, towels, sunscreen, water bottles, snacks, and flipflops and head out to the water park. The Travel Channel has a great list of the best water parks in America.

Did you know...

39.3 Million Americans travel over Memorial Day weekend. 88% will drive to their destinations.

Memorial Day Weekend - Infographic

Memorial Day Weekend Statistics

Infographic by Wallethub.com

Over To You

Does your family have Memorial Day weekend traditions? Do you have any great ideas for honor veterans? Let us know in the comments.