Veterans Day Deals and Discounts
Veterans Day Deals
According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are over 18.5 million veterans, and many businesses choose to honor them with exclusive discounts and deals. While some places offer military discounts year-round, most businesses offer special incentives for Veterans Day, including sales and free or discounted meals and entertainment. If you’re a veteran, active or retired military member, you’re eligible to take advantage of these offers over the course of Veterans Day weekend as businesses say “thank you for your service.” We’ve compiled a list of current Veterans Day benefits as a guide to 2017 promotions; if you aren’t military, but know someone who is, share this post with them so they can enjoy these freebies and deals, too.
When is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is always November 11, and that falls on a Saturday in 2017.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as Armistice Day because in 1918, World War I fighting ceased on November 11 due to an armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany. In 1938, it was made a legal holiday, and in 1954, Congress amended the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation in 1954, and we’ve honored those who served every year since.
Veterans Day freebies
Most of the free deals for veterans are meals and entertainment options. It’s important to note that a few deals are valid before or after November 11, so pay attention to those special cases — we will mark them with an asterisk*.
Here are some places offering promotions:
Veterans Day Free Meals
- Applebee’s — Free meal
- Backyard Burgers — Free classic burger
- Bar Louie — Free flatbread or burger
- BJ’s* — Free entree up to $12.95 value, on November 10 and 11
- Bob Evans — Free select menu items all day
- Chuck E. Cheese’s — One free personal 1-topping pizza, use promo Code #5500
- Cracker Barrel — Free double chocolate fudge Coca Cola cake
- Denny’s* — Free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Friday, November 10
- Dunkin’ Donuts — Free donut
- El Fenix — Free meal from special menu
- Famous Dave’s – Free Two Meat Salute combo meal
- Golden Corral* —Free “thank you” dinner buffet on Monday, November 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Hooters — Free meal from special menu
- Hy-Vee — Free breakfast buffet
- IHOP* – Free red, white and blue pancakes on Friday, November 10
- Krystal — Free sausage biscuit during breakfast hours
- Little Caesars — Free $5 HOT-N-READY lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- On the Border — Free combo meal from Create Your Own Combo menu
- Red Lobster — Free appetizer or dessert from special menu including lobster and langostino pizza, coconut shrimp, key lime pie and vanilla bean cheesecake
- Red Robin — Free Red’s Tavern Double burger with fries
- Rib Crib — Free meal from special Menu of Honor
- Shari’s Café and Pies — Free pancake breakfast including three pancakes, two eggs, two slices of bacon and hash browns
- Shoney’s — Free breakfast buffet from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Texas Roadhouse — Free lunch including sides and beverage from select menu
- Village Inn — Free Inn-Credible V.I.B. breakfast
Other Veterans Day Free Deals
- American Family Care — Free flu shots on November 11
- B&Bs for Vets* — free night stay on and around Veterans Day
- Birmingham Zoo* — Free admission for veterans, active and retired military and dependents on November 11 and 12
- Great Clips — Free haircut, or a free haircut card to use later
- Knott’s Berry Farm* — Free admission for military personnel and one guest from November 1-16 and November 27-December 15 (additional tickets available for a discounted rate, and spouses of deployed military members can get free admission and up to six discounted tickets with deployment papers)
- Mount Vernon — Free admission, dependents get $3 off general admission prices
- Sport Clips — Free haircut
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — Free day use for veterans and their families at recreation areas
Veterans Day sales
- Chipotle* — Buy one, get one free burrito, salad, bowl or tacos for military members and their spouses on November 7 from 5 p.m. to close
- Oklahoma Joe’s — First 100 veterans will dine for free on November 11, and every customer will get free dessert with purchase of a meal
- Spaghetti Warehouse* — Buy one, get one free meal on November 10-12 (coupon required)
- Dollar General — 11% off for veterans, active military and immediate family
- Publix — 10% off groceries for veterans, active military and family (some exclusions apply)
- Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us* — 15% off in-store purchases November 4-11 with valid military ID
- Tractor Supply Company — 15% off purchases
Other Veterans Day benefits
- Carnival Cruise Lines — Special discounts from November 3-14 including $50 onboard credit per cabin plus two-category upgrade and reduced deposits for military personnel
- National Park Service — Free entrance fees for all visitors November 11 and 12 in honor of veterans
Tips for redeeming Veterans Day sales and discounts
Before you head to any restaurant, store or attraction, it’s important to verify a couple details:
- Check with the individual businesses for any proof required. Some require military ID, proof of service or other documents.
- Verify your location is participating. Many offers have the caveat that they apply at “participating locations only.” While that likely means all or most locations, we recommend checking first.
- Confirm offer details such as discounts available for dine-in meals only, and keep in mind most don’t include beverages.
Do you know of other Veterans Day deals?
Offers are still being posted so we may have missed regional restaurant deals or any promotions that posted later than our publishing date. Leave additional deals you find in the comments below! And if you are a Veteran reading this, we sincerely thank you for your service.