Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Many businesses recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans by offering a free meal or menu item, or some other type of discount or free product.
If you or a family member are a member of the military, please scroll through this list and see if there’s a free restaurant meal or other deal you can take advantage of. And please share this list with anyone who might benefit from it.
For the most part, these freebies and deals are for both veterans and active-duty military members. Not all take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. In any effort to spread out the crowds, some venues are making their offers available for a longer period of time.
You’ll want to click the links to find out whether you qualify for the deal, and what kind of ID is required. Please also verify that the location nearest you is participating.
The list below is organized like this:
Restaurant and food offers first, then other free items (like haircuts, golf, and museum tickets), then Atlanta events like the Veterans Day Parade.
This is a growing list, so bookmark it and check back!
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Free meals and menu items
Every year on Veteran’s Day, Applebee’s serves a free meal to active duty and veteran military service members. This year, the chain isn’t supplying detailed info, but suggests calling your local franchise for details. More info here.
The restaurant is offering a FREE order of 10 boneless wings and fries for all past and present armed services members this Veterans Day. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout. You must show proof of service.
The Heroes Discount is a 10% discount for all service members, veterans, and first responders — the offer is good every day, with valid ID.
All services members, veterans, and first responders get 10% off any visit on Veterans Day and year-round with valid ID.
FREE Chick Special and regular drink at the chicken chain on Nov. 11th, 2020. The offer is good for all active military and veterans. Wear a uniform or bring a valid ID or DD214.
Find locations online, including:
- East Cobb
- Johns Creek
- Peachtree City
Veterans and active duty military members can get a FREE meal at Chili’s on November 11th. Choices for entrées include:
- Chicken Crisperws
- Margarita Grilled Chicken
- Bowl of Chili or Soup & Salad
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
- Just Bacon Burger
- Oldtimer with Cheese
- Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cicis Pizza is offering a FREE adult buffet meal to all veterans and active-duty military personnel on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
The offer is valid for dine-in only, and it does not include a drink.
You’ll need both a valid ID and the deal coupon, which you must present at time of purchase.
Get the coupon here
On Wednesday, November 11th, Cracker Barrel will thank the brave men and women who have served our nation by offering all U.S. military veterans a FREE slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake when dining at any Cracker Barrel location nationwide.
FREE breakfast! On Nov. 11th, veterans can build their own Grand Slam breakfast. The deal is good from 5 a.m. to noon. Hours may vary by location. Dine-in only. Available to all active, non-active, and retired personnel with military ID or DD214.
There is a Denny’s at 5534 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093.
On Wednesday, November 11, veterans can visit their local participating Dickey’s in-store to receive a FREE Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich with a military ID or valid proof of service.
- Stone Mountain
- Peachtree City
On Wednesday, November 11, veterans and active duty military are invited to participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide for a free donut of your choice, no purchase necessary!
Freddy’s will be giving out FREE meal cards to any veteran or active-duty military personnel who visits a Freddy’s restaurant on Veterans Day in 2020. The cards are good for a combo meal on a return visit, and can be used through Nov. 30th.
You’ll find metro area locations in:
In November, all active and former military members can pick up a promotional card during the month of November that will be redeemable for a FREE meal any time from November 1st, 2020, through May 31st, 2021.
All active-duty and retired military can stop in for a BOGO offer — get 10 FREE boneless wings when you purchase 10 wings of any style. Dine-in only, at participating Hooters, with military ID or proof of service.
Huddle House is offering a FREE MVP Breakfast Platter. The meal is available to all active military members and veterans with proper I.D. on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020.
From the media alert:
“This delicious meal is a Huddle House favorite, with its 45 customizable platter combinations that may include eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, a waffle, and an old-fashion buttermilk pancake as the starting points for a great breakfast.”
Offering a free Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo to active duty and other veterans, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring proof of service.
On November 11th, all veterans will receive their first 6 oz of frozen yogurt for FREE.
Veterans, national guardsmen, Gold Star parents, and Gold Star spouses can enjoy a select half-priced entrée on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Veterans get a FREE meal from the Veterans Thank You Menu, or $10 off any meal on the regular menu. Your choice, on November 11th. Additionally, O’Charley’s provides a 10% military discount all year long. Please just bring proof of service.
Active military and veterans receive a FREE Bloomin’ Onion and Coke product on November 11th, 2020.
Note that Outback Steakhouse offers a heroes discount daily. All servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and first responders receive 10% off their entire check all day, eve,ryday with a valid state or federal service ID.
Celebrate with a week-long special offer! From November 9th to 15th, all veterans are invited to enjoy a FREE Pilot Coffee of any size, PLUS one FREE breakfast item, such as the sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. The Veterans Day Breakfast Combo offer is available through the Pilot Flying J app and is redeemable at participating U.S. Pilot and Flying J travel centers.
More info here
On November 11th, veterans and active duty military and reservists with valid military ID can get either a FREE appetizer or FREE dessert from a special menu at Red Lobster.
- Lobster and Langostino Pizza
- Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
- Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
- Langostino Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip
- NEW! Crab-Stuffed Shrimp Rangoon
- Signature Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
- Mozzarella Cheesesticks
- Chocolate Wave
- Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
- Warm Apple Crostada
- Key Lime Pie
This year, veterans and active military must also be members of the restaurant’s Red Robin Royalty loyalty program to get the Veteran’s Day deal. Sign up by November 5th and indicate that you are a military member. Qualifying members can redeem their FREE Tavern Double Burger with steak fries any time, from November 12th to 30th, 2020. The offer will automatically be loaded to your loyalty rewards account.
On November 11th, Starbucks will offer a FREE tall (12-ounce) hot brewed coffee for veterans, military service members, and military spouses at participating U.S. Starbucks stores.
Participating Wendy’s locations nationwide are offering a FREE small breakfast combo to all veterans and active military, with valid ID.
No purchase is necessary to redeem the offer at restaurants or drive-ins.
The offer is good on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 2020, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Check your location, as breakfast hours may vary slightly.
Other freebies and discounts
Active duty military members, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate family members, can enjoy an 11% discount on qualifying purchases on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in all store locations or online by using promo code MILITARY11.
Read the press release here
Military members (active duty, reserves, and retirees) can visit World of Coca-Cola free of charge year-round, but Veterans Day is extra special.
To show gratitude to those who served, the attraction is including their loved ones in a special offer. Now through Thursday, November 12th, members of the Armed Forces may purchase up to four general admission tickets at half-price for their friends and family to join them on a visit to the attraction.
Buy tickets online using promotional code VETS2020.
Veterans will be asked to present their valid Armed Forces ID when they arrive at the attraction.
To celebrate Veteran’s Day, weekday admission tickets will be $17.99 at the door when you should your valid Military ID.* Discount is valid for walk-up purchases only during weekdays, from Nov. 9th to 13th, 2020.
On Veterans Day — Wednesday, November 11, 2020 — vets and their families can also get free admission to the Hardman Farm Historic Site.
FREE admission for everyone, at all National Parks on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
There are 11 National Parks in Georgia, plus three National Heritage Areas.
Three are within an easy drive of Atlanta.
Click here for a list and details.
FREE haircuts for veterans and active duty military on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Or, pick up a gift card for a haircut for a veteran or active military member that day, to be used by December 11th, 2020.
More info here
Many Sport Clips locations are offering FREE haircuts on November 11 to active duty personnel and veterans.
Find a participating location near you.
Metro Atlanta participating locations include:
- Druid Hills
Free 60-minute float to any active-duty military member or veteran. In fact, they float free on the 11th of every month! There is a location in McDonough.
Red Roof Inn
Red Roof offers military personnel, both active and retired, a 10% discount with promo code VP606732 all year round.
Veterans can also join Veterans Advantage, which is free and offers members additional exclusive military discounts, including a 20% discount at Red Roof with code VP544993 year round.
Take advantage of Hometown Heroes Discount Days!
From Sunday, Nov. 8th to Wednesday, Nov. 11th, the Acworth location of Cabela’s is offering a 10% discount to:
- Active military
- State Patrol
- First responders
The discount is good in store and online, with valid ID. There are some exclusions.
More info on the Facebook event page
Free car care checks and free tire installation for military members. Car care check includes checks on tires, brakes, alignment, battery, wiper blades and shocks and struts. More information at GoodyearAutoService.com/military and JustTires.com/military.
NOTE: We got feedback from our readers that they had some issues redeeming this offer last year.
Get a 10% military discount from November 1st to 11th, 2020.
The offer extends to all U.S. active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their families.
It applies to a full shopping basket, although some exclusions apply.
To receive the offer, you must first register at www.target.com/circle/military to verify your military status.
After eligibility has been verified, an exclusive, one-time use 10% Target Circle offer will be available to use in-store or online Nov. 1-11, 2020.
Grace For Vets
Free car wash for veterans and military members on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
Veterans Day 2020 events
(not yet updated for 2020 — check back!)