Frugal Friday Freebies

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This weekend, Memorial Day weekend, is the unofficial start of summer in the United States.  Memorial Day weekend is also a time to remember those who have sacrificed for our country, and kick back and relax.

If you are in the military, or a military dependent, you can celebrate this weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia by taking advantage of several freebies. All you need to take advantage of the offers is a military ID, or proof of military retirement.

williamsburgFree Admission To Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg was at one time the capital of Virginia.  Today, you can visit the restored “city” and learn about life in Revolutionary times in America.  Admission is usually around$35 for adults and around $18 for children. 

This weekend, if you have military ID, you can visit the city for free.  This is a great way to honor our military families and a great way for them to take advantage of the free fun.

During the rest of the year, you can also get a 10% discount if you are military.  It’s important to have documentation to prove your military status.  Call ahead to see if the terms of the offer have changed just to be safe.

While you are traveling  in the area, consider visiting the rest of the “historic triangle” : Yorktown and Jamestown are both within a short distance of Williamsburg.  Although neither of these places offer freebies for military families, they still are wonderful places to visit.

roller coasterBusch Gardens Freebies

Busch Gardens is an amusement park in Williamsburg Virginia.  In addition to rides, the park offers great food, and plenty of entertainment.  During select weekends, the park also has concerts and firework displays.

Military members and up to 3  dependents are eligible for free admission to the park for one day.  You can choose the day you wish to visit the park–it doesn’t have to be this weekend!  However, if you are in the area because you are taking advantage of the free Williamsburg tickets, you may want to also take advantage of the free Busch Gardens tickets.

I know of military families who take advantage of this offer each year and really look forward to their day at the Gardens.  Although it is free to get into the park, it should be noted that it does cost money to park!  Don’t forget to budget for food and drinks which can also be expensive. 

Whether you choose to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by attending a parade, a memorial service, or just relaxing with your family, I hope that your holiday is a great one!


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