Veterans Day: FREE restaurant meals or menu items, hair cuts, and entrance to attractions on November 11th — plus a long list of retail discounts and local commemorative events.
Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11, 2023.
Note that the federal holiday is observed on Friday, Nov. 10th this year. Government agencies and banks will be closed that day.
Each year, 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.
For the most part, these freebies and deals are for both veterans and active-duty military members.
Some are only good on November 11th, and others offer a few extra days to redeem.
Click thru the links to find out whether you qualify for the deal, and what kind of ID is required.
The offers are available at participating locations, while supplies last.
Please verify that your preferred location is running the giveaway or deal.
The list below is organized like this:
• Free/discounted restaurant and food offers first
• Then other free/discounted items (like haircuts, golf, and museum tickets)
• Then Atlanta metro area events like parades and remembrances
This is a growing list, so bookmark it and check back!
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Free meals & discounted restaurant offers
Updated for 2023
Remember that the free meal offers do not include tax or tip — most don’t include alcohol and some don’t include any beverage at all.
Every year on Veterans Day, Applebee’s serves a free meal to active duty and veteran military service members. On November 11th, 2023, all active military, veterans, reserve members, and National Guard can receive a full-size entrée from a special menu. Dine-in only. More info.
PLUS, Veterans will receive a $5 Bounce Back Card that can be redeemed for a future visit within a 3-week window.
Choices for the free entrée include:
- Classic Bacon Cheeseburger
- 6 oz top sirloin
- Chicken tenders platter
- Double Crunch Shrimp
- Fiesta Lime Chicken
- Oriental Chicken Salad
- Three-Cheessse Chicken Penne
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
Vets and active duty military can head to Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar for a classic American meal. Vets enjoy a FREE All-American Burger (with choice of cheese) and a side of chips, fries, or tater tots. The deal is good on November 11th, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your military ID.
On Nov. 11, 2023, Bob Evans is offering a special menu of homestyle favoritess, available to veterans and active-duty military for free. Options include Country Biscuit Breakfast, The Classic Breakfast, Banana Berry Oatmeal, Sunrise, Down-home Country-Fried Steak, The Mini Sampler, Brioche French Toast, Sausage Gravy & Biscuit, Buttermilk Hotcakes, and Bowl of Rolled-Oat Oatmeal.
Offering a FREE order of the restaurant’s Bang Bang Shrimp – crispy shrimp tossed in a signature creamy, spicy sauce – with a soft beverage to service members, veterans, and first responders with valid ID. Available all day, no purchase required.
PLUS, the Heroes Discount is a 10% discount for all service members, veterans, and first responders — the offer is good every day of the year, with valid ID.
Buffalo Wild Wings
The restaurant is once again offering a FREE order of 10 boneless wings and fries for all past and present armed services members on Veterans Day. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout. You must show proof of service.
California Pizza Kitchen
Veterans and active military can get a FREE entrée and non-alcoholic beverage from a select Veterans Day menu on November 11th, 2023. The menu includes dinner-sized salads, pizzas, and pasta dishes.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
The Heroe’s Discount means all service members, veterans, and first responders get 10% off any visit on Veterans Day and every day of the year with valid ID.
Veterans, active military and their spouses can stir things up on Veterans Day with a FREE small hot brewed coffee of the day or cold press on Nov. 11, 2023. The offer excludes nitro.
Chicken Salad Chick
Offering a FREE meal to all veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, November 11th. This offer is valid at all Chicken Salad Chick locations for service members in uniform or those with a valid military ID.
Find locations online, including:
- East Cobb
- Johns Creek
- Peachtree City
Veterans and active duty military members can get a FREE entree at Chili’s on November 11th, 2023. More info here.
Choices for entrées include:
- Chicken Crispers
- Soup & Salad
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
- Oldtimer with Cheese
The chain is offering a FREE adult buffet with a valid military I.D. on November 11, 2023 in honor of Veterans Day. The offer extends to all active and retired military personnel. Dine-in only. Does not include beverage. This offer may vary by location.
Offering veterans and active military a FREE sandwich with side and beverage. No purchase necessary. Dine-in or carryout.
Locations in Johns Creek, Decatur, Snellville, Woodstock, and Sandy Springs.
On 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. You must make a another purchase to receive the free dessert. More info
On Friday, November 1oth, 2023, veterans can enjoy a FREE 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.
Each year on Veterans Day, Dunkin’ offers a FREE donut to veterans and active military.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Veterans and active military personnel who visit Freddy’s on November 11, 2023, will receive a meal card good for a FREE Original Double with Cheese combo. No purchase is necessary to receive this special offer. Cards may be redeemed through November 30, 2023. More info
You’ll find metro area locations in:
Veterans and active military are invited to Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night. On Monday, November 13th, 2023, the buffet restaurant is serving a FREE “Thank You” Meal from 5 p.m. to close.
The offer is open to anyone who has served in the U.S. Military, including retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves. To date, Golden Corral has served more than 6 million meals, as part of the annual celebration.
Hard Rock Cafe
All veterans and active military will receive a FREE Legendary Burger all day long on November 11th, 2023.
PLUS, Atlanta’s Hard Rock honors veterans with a 15% disount every day of the year, and that applies to the whole table.
Located it in downtown Atlanta at 215 Peachtree Street.
Active duty and veterans can get a FREE entree at Hooters on November 11th, with a beverage purchase.
The Veterans Day menu includes Buffalo Chicken Salad, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Hooters Burger, and 10-piece Boneless Wings. More info.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Veterans and active-duty military can visit any of the four Atlanta-area Hopdoddy locations and get a FREE classic burger or the Regenerative Royale on November 11, 2023. Available for dine-in only.
Locations in Brookhaven (Brighten Park Plaza); Cobb (Akers Mill Square); Cumming (The Collection at Forsyth); and Dunwoody (Perimeter Town Center).
All military personnel and veterans can hop over to IHOP on Veterans Day for breakfast. On November 11, 2023, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the popular diner is serving them a FREE stack of Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes OR a pancake combo. There are many locations to choose from.
Veterans will receive 50% OFF food all weekend long at Kona Grill, from Friday, November 10 through Monday, November 13, 2023. Book now at KonaGrill.com or call 877-222-4592!
This is not confirmedfor 2023 yet.
But in past years, veterans could receive a FREE doughnut of their choice and a small coffee at Krispy Kreme. The offer is available in-shop or at the drive-thru.
We expect the same offer and will update when 2023 details are available.
Veterans and active military get a FREE Lunch Combo at Little Caesars, which includes a 4-slice Deep Dish pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product. The offer is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details here.
On November 11, 2023, Logan’s Roadhouse is inviting active and retired service members to enjoy a FREE meal between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m
The select Veterans Day menu may vary by location, but generally includes the All-American Cheeseburger, Chicken Tenders, BBQ Grilled Pork Chop. Military ID requested. More info in press release.
Located at 20 Mill Rd. in McDonough, GA 30253.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
On November 11th, 2023 all veterans and active military will receive their first 6 oz of frozen yogurt for FREE. If you swirl more than 6 ounces, you just pay the difference.
McCormick & Schmick’s
Veterans, national guardsmen, Gold Star parents, and Gold Star spouses can enjoy a half-priced entrée from a select menu, on Sunday, November 12th, 2023. View the menu and prices here
Offering a BOGO deal with proof of military service. On Nov. 11th, buy a MOD-size pizza or salad and get another FREE. In-store only.
We received this offer in an email.
Veterans and active duty personnel will receive a FREE lunch entrée on both Friday, Nov. 10th and Saturday, Nov. 11th, 2023. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, they can order from a select menu and receive a FREE slice of pie. Dine-in only. View the press release
Locations in Austell, Canton, Cumming, Griffin, Hiram, Stockbridge, Villa Rica.
The menu includes:
- Tenders and Fries
- Classic Cheeseburger
- Southern Fried Chicken
- Fried Chicken Tender Salad
- Bayou Shrimp Pasta
- For $10, upgrade to the Louisiana Sirloin meal
On The Border
No details for 2023 yet.
Last year, we received a last-minute press release about a free meal, and we’ll update if that’s the case again this year.
Vets are honored every day at Outback Steakhouse. The restaurant’s Heroes Discount is offered all year long — 10% off for all service members, veterans and first responders.
Veterans and military members get 20% OFF any order, with military ID. Offer is valid in store only, on Saturday, Nov. 11th and Sunday, Nov. 12th in 2023.
Locations at Cumberland, Sandy Springs, and Peachtree Corners.
No details for 2023 yet.
Last year, a free shrimp dinner was offered. We will update if we get new info.
Offering veterans and active duty personnel a FREE Red’s Big Tavern Burger on Saturday, November 11, 2023. This comes with an endless side of steak fries. Dine-in only. Info in press release
Offering a FREE 20-oz red (Cherry X-Treme), white (Slim-N-Trim Vanilla), or blue (Blueberry Heaven) smoothie to veterans and active-duty military personnel on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Details in press release
Everyone can celebrate Veterans Day at Sonic Drive-In! The popular fast-food restaurant is offering a FRITOS Chili Cheese Jr. Wrap for 99 cents on Nov. 11, 2023.
On November 11, 2023, Starbucks is pouring FREE coffee for veterans, active military, and their spouses. Choose from a tall hot or iced brewed coffee, in a 12-oz cup.
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
Taziki’s will honor vets with “Gyros for Heroes.” All veterans will receive a FREE chicken gyro on Veterans Day in 2023.
Locations in Sandy Springs, Suwanee, Alpharetta, and Toco Hills.
We received this offer in an emailed press statement.
Veterans and active military can chill out on November 11th, 2023 with their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt and toppings for FREE. If you get more than 6oz, just pay the difference. The deal was announced in a Facebook post. Participation may vary by location, so consider calling to confirm the deal.
The sports bar will offer veterans a FREE lunch on Nov. 11th.
Choose from cheeseburger, chicken tenders, Caesar salad with chicken or shrimp, or chicken tacos.
Locations in Kennesaw and Buckhead.
Offering veterans and active duty service members a FREE meal on November 11, 2023.
Locations in Alpharetta and Kennesaw.
Vets and active military can get a FREE appetizer on November 11th, 2023. Mention the offer to your server.
Locations at Atlantic Station and The Battery Atlanta.
Other 2023 freebies and discounts
The section above was restaurant and food deals.
This section is discounts on services and retail, plus some free ticket offers.
For $65, veterans and active military, plus their dependents, can get a Veterans Pack of four tickets to home games in the 2024 season.
Complete details here
Glow Light Show at Coolray Field
This festive, drive-through holiday light show is hosting a FREE Military Night on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. It is open to all veterans and military families. You’ll need to provide ID and credentials at the gate.
More info and reserve your ticket
Goodyear Auto Service
All active and former military, plus first responders, can take advantage of Goodyear’s FREE inspections on tires, brakes, and batteries — as well as an additional 10% OFF tires and services.The “Free Car Care for Vets” program includes FREE tire, alignment, brake, fuel system and fluid checks at Goodyear Auto Service Centers and Just Tires company-owned locations nationwide — from Nov. 10 to 14, 2023.
Can’t get your car in before Nov. 14? Schedule an appointment by Nov. 14 and still receive the discount and FREE services before Nov. 19, 2023.
From Friday, Nov. 10 through Monday, Nov. 13th, 2023, veterans, military and their families will receive 20% OFF regular price eligible store items. The deal is valid in-store only. More info.
Museum of Illusions
Veterans and active military can enjoy a day of mind-bending illusions and adventure. From Friday, Nov. 10th to Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2023, they can get FREE admission with valid ID. Accompanying friends and family pay regular ticket prices. More info
World of Coca-Cola
Military members (active duty, reserves, and retirees) can visit World of Coca-Cola for FREE year-round, but Veterans Day is extra special. From now through Sunday, November 12, 2023, members of the Armed Forces can buy up to four general admission tickets at half-price, for their family and friends to join them on a visit to the attraction. Buy tickets online here. Service members will be asked for military ID when they arrive at the attraction.
Six Flags over Georgia
The park will host Military Appreciation Days on Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th, 2023, with FREE admission for veterans and active-duty military.
During Military Appreciation Days, veterans receive FREE admission and parking. They can also buy up to four tickets for family and friends at $19.99 each.
Military ID is required.
Redeem the offer at the front gate.
FREE admission for everyone (not just vets) at all National Parks on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
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 Friday, November 11, 2023. Don’t need a haircut? Just drop by and pick up a voucher for a free haircut anytime from Nov. 12th to Dec. 1st, 2023 More info.
Vets enjoy an electrifying discount at Samsung, all year long. Thanks to its Military Discount Program, the electronics company provides discounts — to active military personnel and their families, as well as veterans — on phones, tablets, smartwatches and more when you shop on the Samsung website. Sign up with your email address and complete the ID.me verification process.
Many Sport Clips locations are offering FREE haircuts on November 11th, 2023 to active duty personnel and veterans.
Find a participating location near you — when we checked with the central zip code 30303 (downtown Atlanta), we found nearly 20 salons that were participating.
True REST Float Spa
On Veterans Day in 2023, True REST Float Spa is shutting its doors to the general public and offering all active-duty military member, reservist and veterans a FREE 60-minute float session. Locations in McDonough and Peachtree City.
In honor of Veterans Day, Target is offering all U.S. active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families 10% off two separate purchases from Oct. 29 through Nov. 11, 2023. (Some exclusions apply.) To receive the offer, you must first confirm eligibility by registering here. After verification, the exclusive one-Target Circle offer will be available in customer’s account to use in-store or online.
Grace For Vets FREE car wash
Vets can get revved up for a little car maintenance on Nov. 11th. Grace For Vets is again coordinating a FREE car wash for veterans and military personnel in 2023, thanks to participating car wash locations across the country. For locations, click here.
Veterans Day 2022 events
We’re in the process of updating for 2023 — but you can click thru the links and may possibly find the info you’re looking for that way.
The program takes place on Friday, November 11th from 11 a.m. to noon, in Veterans Park (corner of West Paces Ferry Road and Slaton Drive). It will feature speakers, music, and the opportunity to connect with other veterans and their families. Register for a FREE ticket, which includes FREE admission to Atlanta History Center following the program.
The Parade will step off at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11th, starting at the Roswell Street Baptist Church and parading through the Marietta Square. The parade includes marching bands, drill teams, decorated floats, and military vehicles. At noon, there will be a Veteran’s Day observance ceremony on the Square.
The parade takes place on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 11 a.m. to noon. It steps off from the Plaza Green and travels through The Battery Atlanta. Afterward, there will be an hour long observance, starting at noon, on the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage, with speakers and band performances. Afterward, there will educational presentations at the Pavilion Stage throughout the afternoon.
There will also be a Veterans Festival at The Battery — featuring over 20 exhibits from various organizations and equipment displays from the National Infantry Museum. The festival goes from noon to 3 to p.m.
These events are family-friendly and FREE.
This is the city’s 13th Annual Veterans Day Celebration, taking place on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m. on the City Green. The event is FREE and open to the community.
Retired WSB-TV anchor John Pruitt will serve as emcee, and will introduce the keynote speaker.
If the weather is bad, the event will move inside the City Springs Arts Center and take place in the Byers Theatre (a lovely venue!) Parking is available in the underground parking garage as well on the surface lots.
November 11, 2022 from 7 to 9 p.m. FREE to attend. Located at the Park at City Center, at 101 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock.
November 11th at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Brook Run Park (4770 North Peachtree Rd.) Free coffee!
Friday, November 11th from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Park, located at S. Peachtree St.
November 11th from 2 to 3 p.m. at Patriot’s Point in Cauble Park (4425 Beach Street). FREE to attend.
November 11th at 11:00 a.m., at Capt. Jeff Kuss Memorial, located at Lee Victory Recreation Park (110 Sam Ridley Pkwy). In case of rain, the event will be indoors at the Smyrna Community Event Center.
FREE to attend — come and honor local veterans from ages 18 to 98.
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