Wondering where you can find Veterans Day freebies?
Well, look no further, because we’ve got you covered.
From hotel stays to steaks to donuts, we’ve compiled a list of the best free things that you can get on November 11th.
Below, you’ll find tons of free stuff, and some discounts offered to veterans as well.
Plenty of brands, retailers and companies want to thank you for your service, so will give you free stuff and discounts on and around Veterans Day.
A lot of websites out there list promotions from previous years, meaning they’re out of date and therefore not valid, and they won’t save you money this year.
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In our list, we’ve only included free stuff for veterans and discounts reported on one of the following places:
- The brand’s /company’s official website.
- The brand’s /company’s official social media accounts (like Twitter and Facebook).
- News outlets.
Whether you’re looking for free meals on Veterans Day or money off your grocery shopping, check out our list and start saving!
By the way, don’t confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. The difference is, on Veterans Day we celebrate all U.S. military veterans and their services, while on Memorial Day we honor our fallen heroes (those who died while in military service.) And yes, you can get free meals for veterans on Memorial Day.
What will I learn?
A quick note before we get started…
Before we get onto the list, we just want to mention a few useful things.
Number one: To redeem most, if not all, of these offers, you will need to show proof of service or an ID.
So don’t forget to take your ID or other documentation that proves your service, with you!
And number two: Let’s say that Applebee’s says it offers free food to veterans on November 11th. Just because one Applebee’s offers this deal, it doesn’t mean that all locations will.
What we’re saying is that some national and chain brands will only provide a veterans offer at participating locations. So the offer might not be available at all locations.
This means that it’s a good idea to ask at your local store/business whether they offer the veterans special before you order any food or purchase any item, ticket or service.
Finally number three: Some of these offers are solely available on Veterans Day, which in 2019 falls on a Monday, whereas others are available for the whole weekend, or for the Monday after. Some deals are even available for the whole of November. We’ll let you know below when the deals are available.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s get onto the list!
Restaurants that Give Free Meals on Veterans Day
Let’s start with restaurants and other eateries that offer free meals on Veterans Day or discounts at least.
So which restaurants give free meals on Veterans Day?
You’ll find that there are so many restaurants, from Mexican restaurants to pizza places that provide free food on Veterans Day.
It’s important to note though that most of these offers are dine-in only, so don’t apply to takeout orders.
So check out the list and eat for free!
1. 99 Restaurants
On Veterans Day, veterans and active military get a free lunch with purchase of any entrée. Just show your military ID.
2. Back Yard Burgers
Get a free Back Yard Classic Burger if you’re an active duty service member or veteran. No purchase is necessary either.
Get 10% off your entire meal, including sides, beverages and desserts at Brig’s. This offer, like most of the offers in this section, is dine-in only.
You can get a free full-size entrée from a selection of eight fan favorites when you visit your local Applebee’s.
5. Chili’s Grill & Bar
On November 11th, you can get a free entrée/meal if you’re a veteran or an active military member.
6. Texas Roadhouse
Get a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Texas Roadhouse locations.
7. Red Robin
This Veterans Day, you can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Just show proof of service and enjoy your meal with us.
8. On The Border
Get a Free Create-Your-Own Combo 2 Meal from On The border.
9. Famous Dave’s
In honor of Veterans Day, you can get a FREE 2 Meat Salute from Famous Dave’s on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12
10. Golden Corral
Golden Corral gives retirees, veterans, active duty, and National Guard or Reserves a free dinner with its Military Appreciation Night. This year, the Military Appreciation Night is on Monday, November 12th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
11. California Pizza Kitchen
Veterans and active military get a free entrée on Veterans Day at the California Pizza Kitchen.
12. Buffalo Wild Wings
Get free small boneless or traditional wings and fries at Buffalo Wild Wings, if you’re a veteran or active-duty service member.
13. Little Caesars
At Little Caesars, you can get a 5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo and a 20 ounce Pepsi product, on November 11, 2019 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (local time). Just mention this offer at the checkout.
Get a free breakfast, lunch, or dinner on Veterans Day at Friendly’s if you’re a veteran or active military member.
15. Real Mex Restaurants (El Torito, Acapulco, Chevys and El Torito Grill)
Get a free meal from Real Mex Restaurants, if you’re a veteran or current service member.
16. Bar Louie
Bar Louie gives veterans free meals (includes a free burger or flatbread up to a $15 value) on Veterans Day.
17. Eat’n Park
Get 10% off for you and your entire party at Eat’n Park for the whole of November.
18. Shane’s Rib Shack
From November 8th to November 10th, active and retired members of the armed forces can get a free sandwich, regular side, and 20-oz. beverage.
20. Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ Military Family Month
For the whole month of November, you can get 20% off at Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ Military. This offer is valid for up to four guests as well.
21. Texas De Brazil
At Texas De Brazil, two veterans can dine for free, and get 20% off for up to six additional guests on Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th.
22. Cattlemens Steakhouse
Get a free 8 oz. Sirloin Steak dinner at Cattlemans Steakhouse.
23. CentraArchy Restaurants
Veterans and active duty military members can get free meals at CentraArchy Restaurants Sunday, November 11th.
24. Cotton Patch Café
At Cotton Patch café, veterans and active duty military get Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken for free on Veterans Day.
25. Fatz Southern Kitchen
Fatz Southern Kitchen provides a free Calabash Chicken Basket for veterans and active military. Plus veterans and active military get 25% off all November.
26. Green Mill and Bar
Veterans and active-duty military eat free on Veterans Day at the Green Mill and Bar.
27. Grub Burger Bar
Grub Burger Bar provides a free Veterans Day entrée. In addition to this offer, military personnel also get 10% off year round.
28. Kolache Factory
At the Kolache Factory, veterans and active military get a free breakfast.
29. Logan’s Steakhouse
At Logan’s Steakhouse, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., veterans and military personnel get a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu.
On Veterans Day, get a free breakfast from Hy-Vee.
31. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
Get a free entrée on Sunday, November 11th at McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks.
32. Primanti Bros
Active duty military and veterans get one free Classic Primanti Bros. Sandwich at Primanti Bros. No additional purchase is necessary either.
33. Rib Crib
Get a free meal, including your choice of two meats and one side of your choice at Rib Crib.
34. Rock and Brews Restaurant
At Rock and Brews Restaurant, veterans, armed forces, and first responders can get a free pulled pork sandwich or strawberry fields salad on November 12th.
35. Sagebrush Steakhouse
At Sagebrush Steakhouse, veteran and active duty military personnel can get a free meal on Sunday, November 11th.
36. Vitality Bowls
Veterans can get free smoothies at Vitality Bowls.
At Wienerschnitzel, veterans can get a free chili dog, small fries and small Pepsi.
38. Wild Wing Café
Veterans eat for free at Wild Wing Café on Sunday, November 11th, 2019.
39. Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House
At Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House, veterans and active duty military can eat for free at the soup, salad and dessert bar. Or veterans can purchase a meal and add on the salad bar for free.
40. Taco Mac
At Taco Mac, veterans and active military can get a free six-pack of wings on Monday, November 12th, 2019.
41. Kings Family Restaurant
Veterans and active military members can get a free entrée (there are five to choose from) at the Kings Family Restaurant on Monday, November 12th, 2019.
42. K&W Cafeteria
Get a free meal, including an entrée, two vegetables, bread and a refillable beverage at K&W Cafeteria, from 11 a.m. until closing on Monday, November 12th, 2019.
43. Olive Garden
In the past few years, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant has been offering free meals to Active Duty members and Veterans. They usually post the news on their Facebook page.
44. Bandanas BBQ
At Bandana’s BBQ, veterans and active duty military members eat free on November 11, 2019.
Free Appetizers and Treats for Veterans
Aside from meals, you can also get other food items for free, like appetizers, deserts, and other sweet and savory treats.
So check out these places that offer free appetizers and treats on Veterans Day.
45. Cracker Barrel
Get a free piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake at Cracker Barrel.
46. Dunkin Donuts
On November 11th veterans and active duty military get a free donut of their choice at Dunkin Donuts.
47. Red Lobster
Red Lobster offers a free appetizer or dessert for Veterans Day.
48. Ruby Tuesday
On November 11th, veterans can get a free appetizer at Ruby Tuesday.
Arooga’s gives veterans and service members a free meal on Monday, November 12, 2019.
50. Huddle House
Huddle House provides free sweet cakes to the military over Veterans Day Weekend.
51. Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
We mentioned the discount offered by Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ in the free meals section. However, the restaurant also offers a free dessert on November 12th, 2019.
52. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Get a free Pizookie during the month of November from BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse.
53. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Get your first 6 oz. of frozen yogurt for free at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
54. Scooter’s Coffee
At Scooter’s Coffee, active and retired military can get free drinks of any size.
55. Texas Corral Grill Saloon
At Texas Corral Grill Saloon, active duty service members and veterans can get a free entrée from the restaurant’s Veterans Day menu.
56. Tucanos Brazilian Grill
Tucanos Brazilian Grill gives a free Churrasco Meal for veterans who are dining with someone else who purchases an adult Churrasco Meal. Veterans who are dining alone get a half-priced meal. This offer is available from November 9th to the 10th, and on November 12th.
57. Krispy Creme
Krispy Creme gives 1 free donut and small coffee to all veterans and active duty military members on Veterans Day. You can usually find the details on their Facebook page a week or two before Veterans Day.
Retail Discounts for Vets
Food and drinks aren’t the only thing that you can get money off this Veterans day. There are also plenty of retailers who provide discounts in honor of Veterans Day.
A range of stores provide these discounts, like grocery stores, clothing stores and eyewear companies.
57. Home Depot
At Home Depot, veterans can get a 10% discount on Veterans Day.
Publix provides all military personnel and veterans, and their families, with a 10% discount on Veterans Day.
59. Tops Friendly Markets
Veterans and active military personnel can get an 11% discount on their total purchase at Tops.
60. Southern Grocers (BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket or Winn-Dixie stores)
Get 11% off qualifying grocery purchases at Southern Grocers stores, like BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. This offer is available from November 11th through November 12th, 2019.
At SpartanNash, veterans and members of the armed forces get an 11% discount. This offer is available on November 11th and November 12th, 2019. Stores also hold a moment of silence at 11 a.m. and throughout the afternoon, host other in-store commemorations to honor and thank veterans.
62. Under Armour
Active duty, retirees, veterans, military spouses, and military family members, as well as first responders, police, fire, and EMT customers get a 10% discount at Under Armour.
63. Rack Room Shoes
Get a 10% discount on Veterans Day at Rack Room Shoes.
64. My Legal Edge
From October 20th to November 30th, MyLegalEdge gives veterans free estate planning.
Retired, active or non-active military members, veteran, and their dependents get 20% off at Eyemart
Kohl’s already offers a 15% military discount on Mondays. This year, they are adding and extra 15% for a total of 30% off through Monday, November 11.
Whether it’s bowling, museums, or botanical gardens, there are plenty of entertainment and recreation places that offer discounts on and around Veterans Day.
67. Main Event Entertainment
Active-duty and retired military personnel get a free entrée and free $10 in arcade play on Sunday, November 11th, 2019. This $10 can be used on all in arcade play on Sunday, November 11th, 2019.
68. US National Park Service
The US National Park Service offers free admission on Veterans Day. Since there are 400 parks available, there are plenty of great places to visit.
69. Aquarium of the Pacific
Veterans and active military get free admission at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
70. Birmingham Zoo
At Birmingham Zoo, veterans, active and retired military and their dependents can get free admission on Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th.
71. Colonial Williamsburg
From November 9th to 12th, active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, national guardsmen, and their immediate dependents can get free admission to Colonial Williamsburg.
72. Harley Davidson Museum
From November 9th to November 11th, active military, veterans and their families get free museum entry at the Harley Davidson Museum.
73. World of Coca-Cola
World of Coca-Cola grants complimentary admission to all military members (active duty, reserves and retirees). Also, they get a 10% discount year round.
74. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Veterans can get free admission from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
75. Knott’s Berry Farm
From November 1st to November 15th and November 26th to December 21, 2019, active, retired and veteran military personnel may receive free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm for themselves and one guest
Travel & Recreation Freebies & Discounts for Veterans Day
Many hotels, inns, resorts and BNBs provide discounts on and around Veterans Day.
76. BNBs for Vets
BNBs and inns across the US and Canada have partnered with B&Bs for Vets to offer veterans a free night’s stay on and around Veterans Day. These inns and B&Bs provide at least one free night to veterans. Learn more by visiting the website.
77. Westgate Resorts
Westgate Resorts provides military families with free vacations. Veterans can also save 10% on its best available rates.
78. Red Roof Inn
Active military and retirees get a 10% discount at Red Roof Inn.
79. Hyatt Hotels
Current members of the military and veterans can get between 10% and 15% off the Hyatt Standard Rate.
Free Oil Change & More for Veterans
Whether it’s free oil changes or free tire (get free air for tire here), brake and battery checks, there are plenty of auto discounts that veterans can get on and around Veterans Day.
80. Goodyear Auto Service
Active and retired military members and first responders get free “Checks for Vets”, which includes free tire, brake and batter checks. Also, they can get 10% off tires.
81. Enterprise Car Sales
With the purchase of a used vehicle from Enterprise Car Sales, military, veterans and dependents, get a Firestone prepaid maintenance package valued at $300 included.
82. Free Car Wash through Grace for Vets
Grace for Vets organizes free car washes at participating locations for veterans and service personnel.
83. Free Oil Change
Many local oil change centers and stores will provide free oil changes on and around Veterans Day. There are also many stores that offer military discounts everyday of the year. Just call your local stores and ask.
Here are a few national brands that offer free or deeply discounted oil change on Veterans Day:
- Valvoline: Valvoline offers a 15% discount for all military members.
- Jiffy Lube: This is actually not exclusive to veteran day. Jiffy Lube has an ongoing discount of 25% off as a “Thank You” to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their service to our country. Just stop by any Team Car Care owned and operated Jiffy Lube service center any day, show your ID and get your oil changed for 25% off.
Free Haircuts for Veterans
Are you wondering if there are any places that offer free haircuts to veterans?
Well, there’s one place where you can get a haircut for free this Veterans Day.
84. Great Clips
On November 11th, veterans can get a free haircut or a free haircut card to use later. This card is redeemable until December 31, 2019.
There are so many Veterans Day freebies and discounts available. So take advantage of some of these great deals and save yourself some money!
Hi there! Just wanted to clarify/correct what the offer is at World of Coca-Cola:
World of Coca-Cola grants complimentary admission to all military members (active duty, reserves and retirees) year-round. To show gratitude on Veterans Day to the men and women who serve our country, the attraction is extending a special offer to their loved ones as well. From Thursday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 11, members of the Armed Forces may purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family to join them in visiting the attraction. Tickets may be purchased with a valid Armed Forces ID card at the attraction’s ticketing windows.
Thank you to our service members!
Joy, Thank you for the clarification, and the additional info!