Memorial Day is an American federal holiday. It honors those who have died while serving, but it also kicks starts the summer season and has become a weekend-long shopping extravaganza in the US.
The holiday itself is the last Monday in May. So, this year, it is May 27, but most of the sales start the Friday before or even sooner. Nearly every retailer is holding a Memorial Day Weekend sale, where you can find great bargains on everything from grills and washers to TVs and laptops.
Here are some of the best US deals and promotions we've spotted so far.
Best Memorial Day Weekend 2019 deals
All the retailers and deals below are in alphabetical order.
• Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) for $199 ($80 savings). If you aren't compelled by the Series 4's bigger display, there's nothing that should stop you plumping for the Series 3. Thanks to watchOS 5, it has most of the same features and is now available for a great price. View Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) deal at Amazon.
• Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 42mm) for $229.99 ($80 savings). This is basically the same deal as above, just for the bigger model of the Series 3 watch. View Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 42mm) deal at Amazon.
• Echo Input for $19.99 ($15 savings). Since it’s on a discount, Echo Input is a no-brainer for adding Alexa and breathing new life into an existing hi-fi system or speaker with an auxiliary input. View Echo Input deal at Amazon.
• Echo Show with Echo Dot for $229 ($49 savings). The Echo Show is a super additional device for a kitchen or communal space. As for the Echo Dot, it comes with all the functionality Alexa provides and feels more like part of the family than a throwaway virtual assistant. And, with this bundle, you're getting the Echo Dot for free. View Echo Show with Echo Dot deal at Amazon.
• Fitbit Alta HR for $74.98 ($55 savings). The Fitbit Alta HR is pitched at the everyday user rather than the active one. But we think it's a fantastic activity tracker with plenty to offer. View Fitbit Alta HR deal at Amazon.
• Toshiba 55-inch 4K Ultra HDR Smart LED TV Fire TV Edition for $349.99 ($100 savings). It's a 4K TV with Amazon's Fire TV platform powering it. What's not to love, especially at this price? You can use it to watch Prime Video in Ultra HD and access other 4K content from a variety of channels. View Toshiba 55-inch 4K Ultra HDR Smart LED TV Fire TV Edition deal at Amazon.
• Apple iPhone X for $699 ($200 savings). The iPhone X was the big change we were waiting for and one year on, it is still a fantastic device despite being replaced by the newer models, so you won't be disappointed with it. View Apple iPhone X deal at Best Buy.
• Google Pixel 3a with $100 gift card for $299.99 ($100 savings). We like that Google has opted to build a more affordable version of its pure Android phones, and even used some smart AI to ensure the camera and performance is pretty much the same in daily interactions. With this deal, you get a $100 gift card with the phone. View Google Pixel 3a deal at Best Buy.
• Google Pixel 3a XL with $100 gift card for $379.99 ($100 savings). There's plenty of appeal here, not least being able to get a great Pixel camera for less money. View Google Pixel 3a XL deal at Best Buy.
• Alienware 25 AW2518HF Gaming Monitor for $279.99 ($220 savings). Play a lot of Steam games? Then check out this 2-inch gaming monitor with 240Hz refresh rate and 1-ms response time. It also has AMD FreeSync technology for a smooth gaming experience. View Alienware 25 AW2518HF Gaming Monitor deal at Dell.
• Inspiron Gaming Desktop for $499.99 ($400 savings). Those of you who want a gaming desktop to go with your new monitor should check out this rig, which comes with AMD Ryzen processors, VR-ready graphics, LED lighting, and a unique chassis designed for optimal airflow. View Inspiron Gaming Desktop deal at Dell.
• Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link purifier for $449.99 ($150 savings). This can detect airborne particles and report the information back to the Dyson Link app in real time. And a thermostat on the fan will keep your room at the target temperature. View Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link purifier deal at Dyson.
Note: Google Express offers promo code with each product, so be sure to click them to get your savings.
• Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro with 64GB of storage for $650.25 ($150 savings). Apple might have just updated the MacBook Pro, but from what we’ve seen, this could very well be your next laptop replacement. View Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro with 64GB deal at Google Express.
• Sony PlayStation 4 Pro for $314.10 ($85 savings). A fantastic 4K HDR games console that has a full year ahead of any similarly capable rival. PS4 games look distinctly better when played on a Pro and, for gamers, that's all that matters. View Sony PlayStation 4 Pro deal at Google Express.
• Xbox One X 1TB with Player Unknown's Battlegrounds for $299.70 ($200 savings). The Xbox One X is normally a pricier package, because it's by far and away the most capable 4K games console around. It is an ideal match for a 4K HDR TV and provides the best console gaming experience available right now. View Xbox One X 1TB with Player Unknown's Battlegrounds deal at Google Express.
• Xbox One S 1TB with Minecraft Creators for $179.99 ($120 savings). The Xbox One S is affordable and relevant for today's market. With 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Netflix support, it is the cheapest, most capable deck out there, as well as being a fantastic games machine. View Xbox One S 1TB with Minecraft Creators deal at Google Express.
• Lenovo Flex 14 laptop for $350 ($100 savings). This is a great-entry level laptop that can be used as a tablet. It runs Windows 10 Home, has a 14-inch HD or FHD display, 16GB of RAM, and an 8-hour rapid charge battery life. View Lenovo Flex 14 laptop deal at Lenovo.
• ThinkPad X1 Carbon fifth-gen laptop for $849 ($830 off with promo code THINKDB1). There are new design touches to the ultraportable 14-inch X1 Carbon in particular, with a more-visible carbon fibre weave top cover. Although the laptop has been made out of carbon (hence the name), Lenovo says that users have suggested the laptop should look a bit more, well, carbon-y. View ThinkPad X1 Carbon fifth-gen laptop deal at Lenovo.
• ThinkPad X1 Yoga second-gen laptop for $1,229 ($900 off with promo code THINKMAY22). The Lenovo X1 Yoga is the best laptop you can buy for typing. ThinkPad laptops' reputations for quality isn't like some folks' obsession with vinyl. There's no nostalgic retro ritual element here. The keyboard is just great. View ThinkPad X1 Yoga second-gen laptop deal at Lenovo.
• Yoga 720 laptop for $949 ($700 off with promo code YOGA700). In short, if you're looking for a laptop all-rounder then you'll be hard pressed to buy anything better balanced than the Lenovo Yoga 720. It's one balanced laptop that should be on your radar. View Yoga 720 laptop deal at Lenovo.
• Google Home Hub for $149 ($20 savings). If you've got compatible smart home products installed, the Google Home Hub is totally worth its cover price – and absent of any unwanted video calls/privacy issues. But if you're already invested in Amazon then it might not make sense for you. Otherwise it's the perfect addition to any smart home. View Google Home Hub deal at Lowe's.
• Save 75 per cent on ThinkGeek clearance items. On Monday, ThinkGeek will have up to 75 percent on all clearance items when you use the promo code "DOORBUSTER". View ThinkGeek's clearance items sale.
• Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) GPS for $349 ($50 savings). With a bigger and more immersive screen than before, the fourth-gen Apple Watch is a step beyond its predecessor. A thinner design and other design tweaks, plus updated software, makes for a more rounded experience too. View Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) GPS deal at Walmart.
• Apple iPad 32GB for $249 ($80 savings). This iPad retains the same design as the 2017 release but adds an important new feature: Pencil support. View Apple iPad 32GB deal at Walmart.
• Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 64GB for $549 (was $649). This isn't a drop everything and upgrade solution, but if you've held off going Pro before, the 10.5 is certainly going to appeal to many. View Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 64GB deal at Walmart.
• BeatsX Earphones for $99.95 ($20 savings). The Beats X headphones offer all the cool connectivity functionality of the Apple AirPods in a more conventional form factor. View BeatsX Earphones deal at Walmart.
• Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones for $129 ($20 savings). One of the best sports headphones, they’re comfortable enough to wear for hours on end. View Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones deal at Walmart.
• Eufy RoboVac Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum for $199.99 ($90 savings). This is Anker's robot vacuum. If you hate cleaning your floors and have been dying to get one, this deal is a no-brainer. View Eufy RoboVac Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum deal at Walmart.