Happy Veterans Day! 100+ Restaurant, Retail and Entertainment Freebies for Vets & Active Duty Military
Veterans Day is this Sunday, November 11, and many businesses are offering freebies, discounts and deals for veterans and active duty service members in honor of the many brave sacrifices you've made for this country.
Remember, in order to receive these offers you may need to provide proof of military service. This can be done in the following ways:
- Wear your uniform
- Bring a picture of yourself in uniform
- Present a US Uniform Services ID card
- Present a current Leave and Earnings Statement
- Present a Veterans Organization Card (American Legion or VFW)
- Present discharge paperwork
Many establishments won't be very strict on this, but it's always best to be prepared. It's also a good idea to call ahead before redeeming a free meal or discount on Veterans Day.
Food & Beverage Freebies
99Restaurants -- On 11/11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., veterans and active duty service members can show your military ID and with the purchase of any entree, get a free meal from the 9 Real Size Entrees for $9.99 menu.
Applebee’s -- Veterans and active duty service members can choose from a special menu of seven entrees and enjoy a free meal. Valid 11/11.
Back Yard Burgers -- Get a free Back Yard Classic Burger on Sunday 11/11.
Baker's Square -- Veterans and active duty get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day at participating locations.
Bar Louie -- On Sunday 11, veterans get a free flatbread or burger.
Ben's Soft Pretzels -- Free regular jumbo soft pretzel on 11/12 from 11am-7pm with proof of military service.
Bertucci's -- On 11/11 and 11/12, veterans can get a free small cheese pizza.
Bob Evans -- Veterans and active duty military can choose a free meal from six options. Valid 11/11.
Bonanza Steakhouse -- Free buffet and beverage on Sunday or Monday (check with your local restaurant for dates.)
Bonefish Grill -- Get a free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer on Sunday 11/11.
Bruegger's Bagels -- On Monday 11/12, veterans can stop in for a free drip coffee.
Buffalo Wild Wings -- Veterans and active duty military who dine-in can receive a free small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries on 11/11.
Buffalo Wings & Rings -- Veterans get 5 free wings and a drink on Sunday 11/11.
California Pizza Kitchen -- Vets and active duty military get to choose a free meal from a special Veteran's Day menu. Valid on 11/11.
Cheddar's -- On 11/11, vets get a free appetizer or dessert.
Chili’s Restaurant -- Free meal from a special menu for retired and active duty military members on 11/11.
Chipotle -- Vets, active military members and their spouses can buy one, get one free on any burrito, bowl or salad on 11/7.
Chuck E. Cheese's -- On Sunday 11, get a free 1-topping personal pizza.
Cici's -- Vets can take advantage of a free adult buffet on Sunday 11/11.
City Barbeque -- Active duty military and vets can get a free sandwich platter on 11/11.
Corner Bakery Cafe -- Show your military ID to get a free "Choose 2" meal on Sunday 11/11.
Cotton Patch Cafe -- Free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken for all veterans and active duty military.
Country Cookin -- Free meal for veterans on Tuesday 11/13 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cracker Barrel -- Free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert for veterans during lunch and dinner on 11/11.
Denny’s -- Vets and active duty military get a free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam Meal. from 5 a.m. to noon on 11/10.
Dunkin' Donuts -- Veterans and active duty military get a free donut on 11/11, no purchase necessary.
East Coast Wings + Grill -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a select menu on Sunday 11/11.
El Fenix -- Veterans get a free meal from on Sunday 11/11.
El Torito -- Free meal from 3pm to closing on 11/11.
Famous Dave’s — Vets get a free Two Meat Salute at participating locations on 11/11 and 11/12.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill -- Free lunch or dinner for veterans and active duty service members on Monday 11/12.
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers -- Get a free combo meal card redeemable through 11/30.
GetGo Cafe + Market -- Veterans and first responders get a free coffee or fountain drink.
Gigi's Cupcakes -- Veterans and first responders can stop in for a free cupcake on Monday 11/12.
Golden Corral -- Free "thank you" dinner for anyone who has served in the U.S. Military on 11/13.
Green Mill -- Free menu item for lunch or dinner for veterans and active duty military on 11/11.
Hickory Tavern -- Purchase any beverage to get a free Tavern Burger on 11/11.
Hooters -- Vets and active duty military can pick a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu.
Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar -- Veterans can get a free meal from a set menu on Sunday 11/11.
Huddle House -- Now through Monday 11/12, veterans get free Sweet Cakes.
Hurricane Grill & Wings -- On 11/11, veterans get a free meal.
IHOP -- On Monday 11/12, veterans get free Red, White, and Blueberry Pancakes from 7am-7pm.
Jimboy's Tacos -- Veterans get a free meal up to $10 on Sunday 11/11 at participating locations.
Kolache Factory -- Get a free kolache and coffee on 11/11.
LaMar's Donuts -- Veterans and active military personnel get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee on Sunday 11/11.
Little Caesars -- Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo for veterans on 11/11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Logan's Roadhouse -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu with valid military ID on Sunday 11/11 from 3-6pm.
Longhorn Steakhouse -- On Sunday 11/11, veterans get a free appetizer or dessert.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurants -- Complimentary entree on 11/11.
Max & Erma's -- On Sunday 11/11, veterans and active military get a free meal including a 1/2 lb. cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries, and a fountain drink. Participating locations only.
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt -- 6 oz. free frozen yogurt for all veterans on 11/11.
Mimi's -- Choose a free meal from a select menu on Sunday 11/11.
MOD Pizza -- On Sunday 11/11, get a free MOD-size pizza or salad.
Native Grill & Wings -- Veterans can order a free menu item up to $11.99 on 11/11.
O'Charley's -- Active and retired military service member enjoy a free meal from the Veterans Thank You Menu all day on 11/11 and 11/12 with military ID.
On the Border -- Free Create-Your-Own Combo for all vets and active military members on 11/11. See link for participating locations.
Olive Garden -- Free meal for veterans and active duty military from a special menu on 11/11.
Outback Steakhouse — Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage for all active duty military and vets on 11/11.
Peet's Coffee -- Free small coffee or tea for veterans on Sunday 11/11.
Pilot Flying J -- Now through Monday, check the myPilot app for a coupon good for a free Pilot Coffee and breakfast sandwich, pastry item, or Cinnamon Center of the Roll. Available to everyone - not just veterans!
Pluckers Wing Bar -- Get a free meal including side and non-alcoholic beverage uo to $15 from 11am to 11pm on Sunday 11/11.
Ponderosa Steakhouse -- Free buffet and beverage on Sunday or Monday (check with your local restaurant for dates.)
Potbelly Sandwich Shop -- Veterans can get a free cookie with any purchase on Monday 11/12.
PT's Taverns -- Free happy hour items all day for veterans and active-duty service members with a valid military ID.
Red Lobster -- Free app or dessert for vets and active duty military on 11/11.
Red Robin -- Free Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless steak fries for all vets and active duty service members on 11/11.
Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries -- From 11/10-11/12, veterans will eat free.
Rocks & Brews Restaurants -- Veterans, active military, and first responders can choose a free meal from a select menu on Monday 11/12.
Romano's Macaroni Grill -- Veterans can order a free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti on Sunday 11/11.
Ruby Tuesday’s — Free appetizer for vets on 11/11.
Scooter's Coffee -- Veterans can get any size beverage for free on Sunday 11/11.
Shake Shack -- Get a free scoop of Shake Shack Custard on Sunday 11/11.
Sheetz -- Veterans get a free lunch including a half turkey sub and regular fountain drink, plus a free car wash.
Shoney’s -- Free All-You-Care-To-Eat breakfast bar on Monday 11/12 from opening to 11 a.m. for all active duty or retired military members.
Sizzler -- Free lunch (from a limited menu) and a beverage for vets on 11/11 until 4 p.m.
Sonny's BBQ -- Veterans and active duty military get a free pulled or sliced pork big deal combo when they dine in on Monday 11/12.
Starbucks -- Free tall (12 oz.) hot brewed coffee on 11/11 at participating locations.
Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt -- On 11/11, vets get a free 12 oz. frozen yogurt.
Taco Cabana -- Veterans can get a free brisket taco on Sunday 11/11.
TGI Fridays -- Free lunch for vets and active duty military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 11/11.
Texas de Brazil -- Veterans dine free and the rest of your check gets 20% off. The offer is limited to 2 veterans and 6 additional guests per check (maximum group size of 8).
Texas Roadhouse -- Free lunch for vets on 11/11 from a special menu.
The Greene Turtle -- Active, retired, and veteran military get a free entree up to $12 with valid ID on Sunday 11/11.
Tijana Flats -- Veterans can get a free drink and entree with military ID, either dine in or carry out.
TooJay's -- Free entree from a special Veteran's Day menu on Sunday 11/11 with military ID.
Twin Peaks -- Veterans can choose a free meal from a select menu from 11am-midnight on Monday 11/12.
Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar -- Veterans can dine on free classic burgers son Sunday 11/11.
Wawa -- On Sunday, veterans get a free hot coffee.
White Castle -- Vets and active duty military members get a free breakfast or Castle Combo meal on 11/11.
Wienerschnitzel -- Vets and active duty military get a free small Pepsi, small fry and a chili dog on 11/11.
Yard House -- Free appetizer for veterans on 11/11.
Zoës Kitchen -- Show a valid militaryID to get a free meal 11/11-11/12.
Home Depot -- 10 percent discount for active duty, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families get a 10 percent discount off purchases up to $2,000.
La-Z-Boy -- Active and retired military personnel can take an additional 5 percent off from now until 11/11.
Lowe’s -- 10 percent discount for active duty, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families get a 10 percent discount off purchases up to $5,000.
Rack Room Shoes -- Vets and military personnel get a 10 percent discount on 11/11.
Beauty & Grooming Freebies
Great Clips -- Vets and active duty service members can get a free haircut on 11/11, and friends of vets can get a free haircut card for the vets in their life, redeemable until 12/31.
BandBsforVets.com -- free nights to veterans on and around Veterans Day.
Knotts Berry Farm -- Veterans and active military plus one guest get free admission and up to six additional discounted tickets between 11/1 to 11/16 and between 11/27 and 12/15.
Legoland -- Vets, active duty military and their families get between a 25 and 37 percent discount and second day free admission through 12/31.
National Parks -- ALL of the country's national parks are free for anyone to enter on 11/11.
Red Roof Inn -- Active duty or retired military members get 40 percent discounts on rooms booked between November 1 and November 22 with its Home for the Holidays Discount.