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The days may seem like they’re blending together as stay-at-home orders are changing people’s regular routines — which is at least one reason it might be hard to believe that Memorial Day is finally here. Though the official holiday is still occurring, it might look very different this year than ever before, given the new social normals we all face.
On the other end, as some states begin to re-open, stores and companies are finding innovative ways to try to keep people safe while keeping their business alive. Some restaurants are disinfecting their dining rooms with robot-driven UV lights while others are requiring staff and customers to wear masks. Others are expanding their seating areas to temporary outdoor locations. Stores like Apple are requiring customers maintain six feet of distance at all times, for example. From skyrocketing grocery prices and an increased demand on frozen food, basics and home essentials, the Memorial Day Weekend tradition of gathering to eat will also look different.. Though manufacturers are doing what they can to keep up with demand, experts advise planning your week ahead of time and avoiding stocking behavior.
We recommend checking company websites to know how your Memorial Day Weekend shopping experience may be affected. If you’re planning to shop during this weekend’s slew of sales and deals, we’ve put together some of the most intriguing ones to consider. To help guide you to the best sales this Memorial Day, we also consulted Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst from DealNews.com.
In this article
- Best Memorial Day 2020 sales
- Best Memorial Day furniture deals
- Best Memorial Day apparel deals
- Best Memorial Day tech deals
- Best Memorial Day appliance deals
- Best Memorial Day kitchen deals
- Best Memorial Day home deals
- Best Memorial Day grill deals
- Other Memorial Day sales to consider
When is Memorial Day Weekend 2020?
Memorial Day was officially established in 1967 as a way to pay tribute to U.S. Armed Forces service members — unofficially, its roots go back to the Civil War. It also marks the unofficial beginning of summer, having become an American tradition rife with weekend travel and grilling-centric get togethers. This year, Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25, 2020. This means most ongoing sales will run through the end of Memorial Day Weekend, which begins on Friday, May 22.
How to shop Memorial Day Weekend sales
Though the retail environment has changed in response to the coronavirus, Rahmold told NBC News to predict similar sales as in years past. “Obviously some stores could decide to compensate for lower sales by offering more modest discounts this year,” she said. “But, as of now, we expect this Memorial Day to be very similar to past ones in terms of the number of sales and discounts offered.”
Last year, some of the greatest discounts fell into buckets including outdoor furniture, mattresses, electronics, appliances and apparel. For outdoor furniture needs like patio sets, firepits and dining tables, it may be best to look at stores like The Home Depot, Walmart and Lowe’s, according to Ramhold. If you’re trying to score a deal on in-home essentials like mattresses, she says to shop at major retailers like Wayfair and Amazon, as well as at specialty stores like Leesa and Casper. “Warehouse clubs will likely include mattresses in their Memorial Day sales, while department stores could knock up to 60 percent off big names, in some cases,” she said.
Tech, appliances and kitchen products are also strong sale contenders for Memorial Day Weekend. “Stores like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe's will likely discount large appliances up to 35 percent or 40 percent off,” she noted. “Watch for specialty stores like Sur La Table to offer 50 percent off sitewide and for Dell, HP, and Lenovo to boast sales taking up to 70 percent off.”
“At least a handful have already begun, so it's worth checking your favorite stores now, while the inventory is still on the larger side.,” Ramhold advised.“As time goes on, inventory will dwindle, but discounts could also get better — so even if you don't see anything you want in early sales, keep an eye out as the holiday grows closer,” said Rahmold.
Best Memorial Day 2020 sales
Below, we share some of the best overall Memorial Day sales to shop this year, listed alphabetically. We’ll keep updating this list in the weeks building up to Memorial Day Weekend.
- Adidas is giving you up to 50 percent off sitewide.
- Allswell is providing 20 percent off mattresses, bedding and bath products with code MEM20.
- Amazon is offering over 60 percent off on smart home devices, appliances and more.
- Amerisleep is offering 30 percent off any mattress with code MD30.
- Anthropologie is offering up to 25 percent off clothing, furniture and accessories.
- Ashley Furniture Homestore is offering up to 50 percent off indoor and outdoor furniture.
- Banana Republic is giving you up to 75 percent off sitewide.
- Beautyrest is providing up to $300 off mattresses through June 1.
- Bed Bath & Beyond is giving you up to 40 percent off home products and outdoor products.
- Best Buy is giving you over $900 off on appliances.
- Club Monaco is offering 25 percent off everything with code LONGWEEKEND through May 25.
- The Container Store is offering up to 30 percent off storage, closet organization, kitchen products and more.
- Dell is offering over 25 percent off on laptops, PC computers and more.
- Dicks Sporting Goods is giving you 25 percent off or more on brands like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour.
- Gap is giving you up to 50 percent off sitewide.
- GREATS is providing 30 percent off sitewide with code REALLY30.
- The Home Depot is offering 40 percent off on select appliances, grill, outdoor furniture and more.
- HoMedics is offering 20 percent off sitewide.
- Houzz is giving you up to 75 percent off home improvement items and furniture.
- HP is offering over 55 percent off printers, laptops, desktop computers and additional tech.
- Kate Spade is offering an extra 40 percent off sale styles with code SUNNYDAYS through May 26.
- Leesa is offering up to $400 off mattresses.
- Lenovo is giving you over $1600 off laptops and other tech items.
- Lowe’s is giving you up to 40 percent off patio furniture, appliances, grills and more.
- Maytag is offering up to $700 in rebates on appliances through June 3.
- Microsoft is giving you up to $500 off on laptops, desktops and more.
- Nike is offering up to 40 percent off latest styles.
- Nordstrom is offering up to 60 percent off on select items sitewide.
- Nordstrom Rack is providing up to 70 percent off clothing and accessories.
- Ted Baker is offering 40 percent off all clothing through May 31.
- The North Face is giving you 30 percent off on select items sitewide.
- Old Navy is offering up to 50 percent off sitewide.
- Overstock is providing savings of up to 70 percent off plus free shipping.
- Pottery Barn is giving you up to 50 percent off outdoor furniture and accessories.
- PUMA is offering up to 30 percent off sitewide.
- Raymour & Flannigan is giving you up to $600 off a mattress.
- Soma is offering up to 70 percent off select styles through May 26.
- Sorel is providing 40 percent off sitewide.
- Spanx is offering 30 percent off denim through May 25.
- Sperry is offering select styles starting at 29.99.
- Sur La Table is offering up to 55 percent off sitewide.
- Walmart is offering up to 60 percent off electronics, furniture and more.
- Wayfair is giving you up to 70 percent off on furniture, decor, outdoor items and more.
- World Market is providing up to 40 percent off sitewide.
Best Memorial Day furniture deals
To find discounts on indoor and outdoor furniture, you can consult our list of best Memorial Day furniture sales. As we continued our search for more deals, we discovered some for your living room and patio.
This television stand can house any TV that’s up to 65-inches. It comes in five natural wood colors, features two rustic doors and includes two cabinets that can hide cords, remotes, family movies and more.
Memorial Day is an optimal time to sit outside and enjoy the warmer weather — which is why this wicker patio set may be a good choice for outdoor lounging. The set includes a sectional sofa and two ottomans that couple as a table when the cushions are removed. The hand-woven wicker and steel frame are weather- and rust-resistant so you don’t have to worry about an occasional rain storm ruining the piece.
This coffee table features a unique, reclaimed wood shelf and an industrial build. The table’s base was repurposed from recycled wood to create this shadowbox style table. And if you’re in the need of some home decor, you can place a few movie- and television-themed coffee table books on the base.
The Belham Living Wicker Outdoor Set includes two loveseats, olefin cushions and an ottoman. The resin wicker frame is both durable and water resistant and the modern design can go with multiple styles of outdoor decor.
Best Memorial Day apparel and footwear deals
We recently outlined some of the most popular clothes and shoes we’ve recently covered.While browsing Memorial Day sales, we uncovered hefty discounts on some similarly comfortable and versatile apparel and footwear.
This Air Jordan model is similar to the original shoe released in 1985 and includes similar characteristics like the red and black details, as well as the high-top silhouette.
Due to the lightweight design, this jacket is a solid choice for anyone who lives in a place with temperamental weather. It comes in four colors — including red, ivory, navy and black — and is made with silken raschel fleece. It’s double-insulated for heat and designed to be less bulky than alternatives in the space.
The Paul Green Bronte sneaker showcases a high-top silhouette and a lace-up closure. The classic look makes it a good choice for anyone wanting a versatile shoe that can go with multiple outfits. Thanks to the cushioned footbed with arch support, it may also serve as a stylish and comfortable walking shoe.
These jeans were designed to fit comfortably for all-day wear. They have a high-rise silhouette, a pull-on design and are fitted through the hip and thigh with a skinny leg.
Best Memorial Day tech deals
If you want to upgrade your household electronics, you can refer to our roundup of the best Memorial Day tech sales or our guide to buying refurbished tech. We also listed deals on popular tech items that may increase your productivity at home.
Tech expert Whitson Gordon wrote the only tablet he would buy is an iPad because of the feel of using the device and its functions. The latest version showcases a 10.2-inch retina display and has a powerful A10 fusion chip that allows for fast processing on the device.
An OLED television is a TV with pixels that emit their own light, as noted in our TV buying guide. The OLED filter in this one will provide a strong contrasted image with a more vivid picture and will also give you a wider-than-average viewing angle.
The Apple AirPods Pro are the best wireless earbuds for Apple users. They feature active noise cancellation and have an ergonomic shape that is designed to fit comfortably in your ear. They are also sweat and water resistant which makes them a good choice for anyone who likes to work out outside.
Best Memorial Day appliance deals
In addition to our best Memorial Day appliance sales article, we found some additional deals to upgrade your kitchen and laundry room.
The Samsung Gas Range Oven has a specialized 5-burner cooktop that is designed for prepping multiple dishes at once. The burners come in multiple shapes and sizes and the oven comes with a stovetop griddle that is specially designed to fit the center oval burner.
This dryer features an AutoDry drying system that automatically senses when clothes are fully dries. It holds seven cubic feet of volume — meaning it can easily handle large loads and bulky items.
If you’re a person who forgets what groceries they have in the refrigerator, the LG French InstaView Refrigerator may help you remember. The right door features a glass panel for visual access to the interior — and if you knock on the door twice the glass illuminates for easy visibility. In addition to a water dispenser and a print-proof finish, the fridge has SmartThinQ technology that partners with an app for control of the appliance remotely.
This stacked washer and dryer is ideal for anyone who lives in a smaller apartment or has limited space in a laundry room. It has a front-door design for easy loading and unloading and it’s Energy Star-certified, which may save you money on your utility bill.
Best Memorial Day kitchen deals
If you’ve got your kitchen appliances covered, you may want to make some smaller changes in your kitchen. Start by checking out helpful kitchen accessories that may make your routine easier.
The Grind and Brew Coffee Maker can grind coffee beans as well as make your morning cup of joe. It has a brewing capacity of 10 cups and makes a batch of coffee with little noise. Similar to other programmable coffee makers in our best coffee maker guide, this one allows you to schedule a brew so it’s ready by the time you get out of bed.
17. Instant Pot Duo
If you’re wanting a multi-use kitchen appliance that does most of the work for you, you may want to consult our guide to buying an Instant Pot. This version has seven functions and has a capacity of six quarts.
This 12-piece set includes everything you'll need for a day of cooking — including sauce pans, fry pans, a griddle and cooking accessories. Each product is coated in a non-stick finish that make for easy cleanup and the pots and pans have heat-resistant handles to help minimize the chance of burns.
Best Memorial Day home deals
You’re likely spending more time indoors due to stay-at-home orders, which could mean you're taking a second look at your home furnishings.
This rug is woven of stain- and fade-resistant fabric which makes it a good option for anyone with kids or pets. The distressed pattern gives it a contemporary worn look, but it’s made with polypropylene for durability.
The YnM weighted blanket is one of the best eco-friendly and sustainable weighted blankets. It comes in multiple sizes and ranges in weight from five pounds to 30 pounds. Thanks to the seven-layer structure and multi-compartment design, the glass beads are evenly distributed for even weight while sleeping.
Keep your drinks cold in this stand-up cooler as you gather your family for a Memorial Day backyard barbecue. It’s made with galvanized iron and features a fir wood lid — giving it a unique, rustic design.
This single-serve coffee maker is less than five inches wide which makes it a good choice for anyone with little kitchen countertop space. It can brew three cup sizes — eight-ounces, 10-ounces or 12-ounces — and has an energy efficient auto shut-off feature. If you're looking for one that can grind its own beans or make a pot of coffee for more than one person, you can consult our guide to best coffee makers.
Best Memorial Day grill deals
Memorial Day is the perfect time to light up the grill to cook some burgers and hot dogs. In addition to these deals, you can also consult our roundup of the best Memorial Day grill sales.
If you already upgraded your outdoor cooking with some of the best expert-approved grilling accessories, you may be looking at upgrading your grill entirely. The Weber Genesis II 3-burner grill is equipped with a sear station and a side burner which is designed to make cooking a few meats and vegetables at once an easy task. It’s also compatible with the iGrill app so you can monitor your food remotely.
This stainless steel grill has two burners and 300 square-inches of primary cooking space. It’s compact, making it a solid choice for those who have limited patio space. The convenient storage cabinets are also an optimal space-saving feature.
Enjoy grilling inside and outside with this portable grill from Hamilton Beach. The drip tray and grates are dishwasher safe and power and preheat lights eliminate guesswork while your food cooks.
Other Memorial Day sales to consider
- Ban.do is offering 25 percent off outdoor, home and wellness products through May 26.
- BioLite is providing up to 25 percent off sitewide.
- Brava is giving you $200 off select products sitewide.
- Brentwood Home is giving you $175 off of select mattresses with code WAVES175.
- Built Bar is offering up to 66 percent off for their inventory closeout sale.
- Corkcicle is providing 25 percent off the neon collection and coolers through May 25.
- Crane & Canopy is offering up to 60 percent off on bedding, sheets, rugs and more.
- Cricut is giving you over 25 percent off on the Explore Air 2 and the EasyPress 2.
- eBags is offering up to 70 percent off sitewide through May 25.
- Earth Shoes is offering up to 50 percent off shoes.
- Glow Recipe is offering free shipping and a free gift with orders over $50.
- Hanky Panky is giving you up to 65 percent off select styles.
- Havaianas is giving you 30 percent off when you buy 2 or more styles through May 25.
- Kangaroo is offering 20 percent off bundles and kits.
- Lorna Jane is providing up to 30 percent off select workout sets.
- Lulu and Georgia is giving you up to 25 percent off sitewide through May 26.
- Mackenzie Childs is offering up to 20 percent off your purchase starting May 22.
- Mark & Graham is giving you 20 percent off full-priced items and an additional 30 percent off sale items.
- Onzie is providing up to 30 percent off your purchase.
- PopSockets is offering up to 25 percent off with code POPTOPS.
- SHEIN is offering up to 60 percent off through May 25.
- Spongelle is offering 20 percent off sitewide with code GIVE20.
- The Inside is offering up to 20 percent off furniture and fabrics with code MEMORIAL20 through May 25.
- Tone It Up is giving you 20 percent off sitewide.
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