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While this is the weekend that generally kicks off the summer season with family get-togethers, cookouts, and three-day get-aways, let’s not forget the true reason why the holiday exists.
Memorial Day—originally known as Decoration Day—was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It has been celebrated ever since then as a day to honor veterans of foreign wars and all the men and women currently serving in the armed forces. Take some time this weekend to recognize the true meaning of the holiday and share the history with your children.
Memorial Day Weekend has also become known for mega retail sales, and this year is no exception. Here is a sampling of just some of what you might want to check out on sale, whether you’re shopping in stores or online.
Shop Sears this weekend for 20% off (lowest price guarantee) on all Craftsman power lawn and garden equipment, like the 17.5 hp “Shift-on-the-Go” 42″ Lawn Tractor, now $1,044.99 (originally $1,374.99) when purchased online. And be sure to check out Kenmore appliances and floor care products, which are on sale for 30% off. Sale ends 5/29.
The Home Depot is offering $5 off every gallon of paint and “Special Buys” on LG appliances—save as much as $500 when you purchase the LG 3.6 cu. ft. Large Front Load Steamwasher with the companion 7.3 cu. ft. Extra Large Capacity Electric Dryer. There’s additional savings online too, with 10% off Edsal Garage Storage; 20% off sheds; as much as 30% off compressors, nail guns and air tools; 50% off ceiling fans; and up to 60% on select lighting.
Stock up on picnic essentials this weekend at True Value with a Coleman 48-qt. Chest Cooler for $19.99 (reg $35.99), a 14-inch tabletop Grill Zone Charcoal Kettle Grill for $12.99 (reg. $19.99), and over-sized folding Sports Chair with Cup Holder for $19.99 (reg. $29.99). Sale ends 5/28 or while supplies last.
And if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, check out Dick’s Sporting Goods, where we discovered savings on everything from camping gear to lawn games, and 50% off select kayaks—like the Field & Stream 12′ Eagle Run now $349.98, half price from its original $600 price tag.