Memorial Day Sales for 2023 Are Live! Here's What to Expect
Memorial Day sales are live, deal-seekers! If you've been eagerly waiting for the best bargains, the time to shop (or at least start shopping) is now! Check out some of the top sales and what you need to know below, as well as everything else to expect from Memorial Day sales.
Top Memorial Day Sales to Shop
Amazon: The online mega retailer is offering a ton of different discounted items for its Memorial Day sale. Look for savings on generators, grills, gardening items, inflatable spas, fire pits, and much more.
Backcountry: Take up to 55% off on a variety of outdoor gear for the summer ahead, including clothing, gear for camping, hiking, climbing, water sports, and more.
eBay: Take an extra 15% off a number of categories for Memorial Day via code "MEMORIALDAY23", including tech, home items, clothing, and more. The good news is this coupon requires no minimum purchase to use, so make it count!
J.Crew: Take advantage of the store's Long Weekend Event which offers 40% off plus an extra 50% off sale styles via the code "WEEKEND". Update wardrobes for the whole family and refresh your space with home discounts as well.
Lowe's: The home improvement store has a wide range of items on sale for Memorial Day weekend. Choose from seasonal categories like patio furniture, garden items, and grills as well as major appliances and tools.
Macy's: Shop the department store this holiday weekend and save 25% to 40% off a variety of categories including clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, home, furniture, and more. Plus take up to an extra 20% off select sale and clearance items via code "MEMDAY".
REI: The retailer is currently hosting its "biggest sale of the year" (also known as its Anniversary Sale) and offering shoppers up to 30% off. Plus, Co-op members have access to exclusive deals.
Target: The bull's-eye retailer is taking up to 30% off everything from outdoor furniture and fire pits to outdoor accessories, bikes, and more to celebrate summer. The sale only runs through May 29, though, so don't wait too long to shop!
Wayfair: Shop their Memorial Day Clearance and save up to 70% on categories like area rugs and wall art, up to 60% off on things like outdoor furniture, living room seating, outdoor lighting, mirrors, and décor. Other categories will offer discounts from 20% to 50% off, as well, so it's worth checking out all the available savings.
When Do Memorial Day Sales Start?
The first Memorial Day sale we saw in 2023 popped up on May 12 and came from Ashley Furniture. In 2022, Memorial Day fell on May 30, and the first sale we noted showed up on May 11. The first Memorial Day sales begin three weeks ahead of the holiday.
Most often we start seeing retailers offer these Memorial Day savings no later than two weeks before the holiday itself. More discounts arrive as the holiday gets closer. For instance, we've seen Walmart, Best Buy, and Shoebacca kick off their Memorial Day events for 2023.
How Long Do Memorial Day Sales Last?
A big chunk of Memorial Day sales don't last beyond the holiday itself, which falls this year on Monday, May 29. But some retailers tend to extend the events for a couple of days after Memorial Day. A few sales in 2023 will linger through the end of the week — to June 3.
A select few could go on through mid-June. For example, we saw Memorial Day sales hang around until June 20 in 2022. Even so, the vast majority won't last beyond May 29, or the first weekend in June at the latest.
What Should You Buy From Memorial Day Sales in 2023?
Memorial Day is a holiday some retailers use as an excuse to have massive sales, or even multiple savings events back-to-back throughout the month. But that doesn't mean all sales are worth shopping, and the savings certainly aren't all noteworthy.
Expect select categories to have a lot of savings this year. The biggest ones to watch include the following:
What Should You Avoid During Memorial Day Sales?
While we believe you should at least take a look at any Memorial Day sales you're interested in, that doesn't mean they'll be worth shopping. Categories that will probably be part of the sales but may boast modest discounts at best include the following:
- Patio furniture
- Pool items
What to Expect From Memorial Day Sales in 2023
Save Up to 80% on Apparel, Shoes, and Accessories
Clothes, shoes, and accessories make up one of the biggest Memorial Day sales categories, and we expect that to hold true in 2023. Last year, about one-third of the total Memorial Day offers we listed were for these items.
Standouts included sales taking up to 80% off at 32 Degrees, up to 40% off and an extra 20% off at Crocs, 50%-70% off and an extra 15% off at Gap Factory, up to 80% off at Kohl's, up to 44% off and an extra 20% off at Nike, and an extra 50% off select bestsellers at Saucony. These sales earned our Staff Pick badge for being "best of the best" offers, but they weren't the only sales to shop for around Memorial Day 2022.
Get Hundreds Off New Mattresses
If you're in the market for a new bed, Memorial Day sales should provide an excellent opportunity to shop for both mattresses and bed frames. Online retailers like GhostBed will probably feature somewhat modest savings — 30%-40% off — but other stores could have deeper discounts.
For example, Macy's could offer up to 70% off select mattresses, while warehouse clubs like Sam's Club could provide members with discounts as high as $800 off big-ticket items. Some retailers that specialize in mattresses could have even better savings, though. Last year, Mattress Firm knocked up to 50% off, Saatva cut up to $450 off, and US-Mattress slashed up to a whopping $1,000 off.
Score Major Appliances That Are Up to 35% Off or More
Memorial Day can be an excellent time to shop for major appliances, whether you need to replace an old washing machine or want to upgrade your entire kitchen suite. We commonly see discounts of up to 35% or more off during Memorial Day sales.
Last year, Costco offered up to $1,000-plus off appliances during its sales, while Sam's Club cut up to $800 off. Some stores, including Costway and US Appliance, offered discounts as high as 60% off, while brands like LG and Samsung could be specific with their savings. In 2022, LG took 10% and up to $982 off select 4-piece kitchen sets. Samsung, meanwhile knocked up $1,550 off refrigerators and up to 38% off washers and dryers.
Save Up to 90% on Home Furniture and Decor
Surprisingly, home furniture and decor can also be worth shopping during Memorial Day sales. If you're looking to refresh your home, these savings events can prove to be full of great bargains. In 2022, we saw high discounts from 1StopBedrooms and Overstock.com, with both providing savings of up to 75% off. But they didn't have the highest discounts we saw. Boutique Rugs knocked up to 80% and an extra 10% off, while Homary slashed prices by up to 90% off.
Find Outdoor Items at Up to 50% Off (Maybe)
With summer well and truly right around the corner, plenty of shoppers will be thinking about outfitting their outdoor spaces with new gear. The problem is that these items are in such high demand that the offers we see probably won't be that great.
A lot of retailers will roll outdoor items like patio furniture and grills into their Memorial Day sales, but these products probably won't see the highest discounts. We did see Overstock.com and Wayfair include patio furniture in their sales last year, with maximum discounts noted as being 70%-75% off. But the truth is that most patio items won't see savings that large. Another issue is that only select outdoor items tend to be part of these sales, which means you have a smaller amount of products to choose from.
That said, if you're in the market for new outdoor furniture and grills around Memorial Day, there are a few sales to watch for. Last year, Ace Hardware offered free items with select grill purchases over $399, as well as up to $400 off select patio furniture, while the store At Home provided modest discounts worth up to 50% off.
It's not all about the big sales, though. For instance, some notable offers we saw last year included individual deals from Target. They had a Kingsford 14" portable charcoal grill for $15 that earned our Staff Pick badge, and a Threshold 11" round hammered outdoor tabletop fire pit for $54.
Other Categories to Watch Around Memorial Day 2023
Memorial Day sales are pretty diverse, so while the above categories may take top billing, they're not the only kinds of items we'll see on sale. Watch for savings on the following categories, as well.
Electronics sales will likely include audio equipment, TVs, laptops, and everything in between. Last year, Crutchfield cut up to $560 off, with soundbars, car stereos, car speakers, and even select smart health and fitness items included in the deals. We also saw Harman Audio take up to 70% off a variety of speakers, headphones, and soundbars in its Memorial Day sale.
SEE ALSO: When Do Grills Go on Sale?
As for other electronics retailers, Dell Refurbished offered 40% off, HP knocked up to 70% and an extra 5%-10% off, Lenovo took anywhere from 50%-65% off, and Samsung offered special savings on select TVs. Watch for the eBay Memorial Day sale to take up to 70% off a selection of refurbished items, as well.
Memorial Day travel sales will also likely make a big appearance this year as travel continues to grow in demand again. Last year, we saw 15% off hotels and resort stays through Agoda and Priceline, while Samsonite discounted luggage by 25% sitewide during its sale.
Chewy took up to 30% off a variety of pet items during its Memorial Day sale in 2022, while PetSmart offered summer savings. Watch for pet-themed offers from Target and Wayfair, as well.