Ready or not—but let's be honest, we're all more than ready—Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us. We've been stuck in our houses for weeks, and lo and behold, the unofficial kickoff to summer is finally here. Yes, you'll soon have several months filled with nights spent in your backyard while you and your family eat delicious summer dinner recipes.
But before we get to all that, we have Memorial Day weekend to enjoy. First and foremost, it's important to remember the history of Memorial Day. It isn't just an extra day off work—it's much more than that. It's about honoring those who bravely gave their lives serving our country. (If you need an extra reminder of the importance of the holiday, be sure to check out our inspiring Memorial Day quotes.)
Of course, the federal holiday does give nearly everyone a long weekend, and you should definitely take advantage of the extra day off by checking out our Memorial Day activities appropriate for these times of social distancing. You're likely not hosting a big Memorial Day cookout this year, and there's a good change you're just plain tired of cooking. If you'd rather not take a big trip to the grocery store and fire up the grill, fear not! There are plenty of restaurants open on Memorial Day for carryout and delivery.
Here are the eating establishments staying open on Monday, May 25. Depending on where you live, restaurants may be open for dine-in service, while other locations are carryout and delivery only. Call your local restaurants for specifics before ordering.
Restaurants Open on Memorial Day:
Locations are offering curbside takeout of their family-style bundles that serve 4. Entrée choices include jerk chicken or baby back ribs and come with a side, salad, and bread. Certain locations have carryout beer, wine, and cocktails too.
Bob Evans restaurants will be open on Memorial Day for carryout and delivery.
All locations are offering specials for Memorial Day weekend. Guests who purchase gift cards online will receive 15% off (through June 6). In addition, a special lobster and shrimp roll entrée will be available for dine-in and carryout only through Memorial Day. Restaurants are also offering a 10% discount for members of the military.
Boston Market restaurants are open on May 25. Check with the location nearest you for specific hours and specials.
Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will operate under normal business hours. Call ahead to order a family bundle of 40 wings and fries to feed the crew.
Members of the military can use code HEROES10 for a 10% discount year-round. This year, Carrabba’s is offering carside carryout of a variety of family bundles with entrée choices that include lasagne, chicken parmesan, or an assortment of pasta bundles served with bread and salad. Guests who purchase gift cards online will receive 15% off through June 6.
All of The Cheesecake Factory locations will be open under normal business hours with pickup, delivery, and curbside to-go options.
Locations are offering family bundles this Memorial Day. Choose from family-friendly entrées like chicken tenders and baby back ribs, along with sides and their signature Honey Butter Croissants.
Thinking about some baby back ribs to kick off summer? Head to Chili's! Locations are open for dine-in, take-out, and pickup based on local reopening precautions. Only on Memorial Day, the Baby Back Ribs are on the "3 for $10" menu. You can also pick up a margarita kit to-go where available.
All locations are open for carryout, and some have reopened for dine-in service. Check the website to find details about the store nearest you.
Denny's restaurants will be open, and for some restaurants, that's 24/7.
The Brazilian steakhouse is open on Memorial Day. Contact your local restaurant for specifics.
IHOP is open on Memorial Day. Hours vary by location. Check out their family bundles offered for delivery and curbside pickup.
Longhorn has steakhouse meals for curbside pickup this year. If you're grilling at home and need expert advice, message their grill masters on Facebook or post a message on Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #LHGRILLUS, and you'll get guidance from their staff.
All 382 Noodles & Company locations will be open for takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup, though hours do vary by location, so make sure you check your local restaurant's hours before heading out. First responders receive a 15% off discount on Memorial Day—and every other day of the year—at all locations.
All locations are open on May 25. Contact your local restaurant for details.
Outback Steakhouse is open to feed your steak craving this Memorial Day.
Yes, you can get your Chicken Lettuce Wraps even on Memorial Day. P.F. Chang's will be open during normal business hours.
Red Lobster restaurants will be open during normal hours throughout Memorial Day weekend. Check the website for your location's dining options.
Select locations of the steakhouse will be open on Memorial Day. Go online to find specifics about the restaurant close to you.
You don't even have to get out of your car to get a yummy snack from Sonic. All locations will be open, but because nearly all of them are locally owned, hours do vary. Be sure to check in advance before driving up.
Need a little pick-me-up? Starbucks is staying open, but hours vary by location, so double-check before you go out for a cup of joe.
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