Many businesses thank veterans and active military members by offering them a free meal or other gift on Veterans Day, which is Wednesday, November 11th, 2020. If you’re a member of the military, please check out this list, and see if there’s a deal that you might be able to take advantage of.
If you’re not a military member, you probably know one. Why not share this information and also thank them as well?
Not all of these deals take place exactly on Veterans Day, so make sure to read all the details. But unless otherwise specified, these freebies and deals are for veterans and active duty military and take place Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
Please note that in an effort to reduce crowds, some restaurants are making their offers available for a longer period of time, not just Veterans Day.
This list also includes special Veterans Day events. Also you’ll want to click the links to find out what form of proof is required to show your status. (And verify that the location you’re interested in is participating.)
Also, make sure to read this whole post, because it includes events like Veterans Day ceremonies too.
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Free and discounted food and drink
This will be a huge list. We are adding deals as we hear about them. Following are the deals that we know about for Veterans Day 2020 so far.
Bar Louie: Wednesday, November 11th Bar Louie is offering a free craft burger or flatbread of your choice to all active or retired military.
Bob Evans: On November 11th, Bob Evans offers a special menu of seven homestyle favorites for FREE for veterans and active duty military. Choices include:
- Hand-breaded fried chicken
- Country biscuit breakfast
- Brioche french toast
- The mini sampler
- Stack of hotcakes
- Country fried steak
- Soup and salad combo
Bonefish Grill: Heroes Discount offering 10% on all service member, veterans and first responders’ checks every day with show of valid ID.
Buffalo Wild Wings: On November 11th, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will offer 10 free Boneless wings and fries for all veterans and active-duty service members to show appreciation for their service. Info in press release.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: All services members, veterans and first responders get 10% off any visit on Veterans Day and year-round with valid ID.
Chicken Salad Chick: All veterans and active military will receive free Chick Special and regular drink on November 11th. Valid for service members in uniform or those with valid military ID. Info on Facebook post.
Chili’s: 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: Free adult buffet for veterans and active-duty military November 11th, 2020.
Cracker Barrel: 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 complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake when dining at any Cracker Barrel location nationwide.
Denny’s: Veterans can build a Grand Slam® breakfast on November 11, from 5 a.m. to 12p.m. Active, non-active or retired military personnel must show a valid military ID. Dine-in only.
Golden Corral Veterans Day Freebie: 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.
Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and coffee to veterans on November 11th.
Little Caesars: Veterans and active military get a FREE $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo, which includes four slices of DEEP!DEEP! Dish pepperoni pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product. The offer is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complete info.
Logan’s Roadhouse: On November 11th, 2020 active military and veterans can get a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Veterans of the U.S. Military, National Guard, Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Spouses to enjoy a select half priced entrée on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Menchie’s: On November 11th, all veterans will receive their first 6 oz of frozen yogurt for free.
Metro Diner: On November 11th, Metro Diner is offering 50% off to active and retired military with valid military ID. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the diner, for pick-up or delivery of their signature Fried Chicken & Waffles, Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf and latest chicken wing offerings.
O’Charley’s Restaurant: Veterans get a free meal from the Veterans Thank You Menu, or $10 off any meal on the regular menu, on November 11th. Additionally, O’Charley’s provides a 10% military discount all year long. Please just bring proof of service.
Outback Steakhouse: Active military and veterans receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke product on November 11th, 2020. Also, beginning on Veterans Day, customers will have the opportunity to donate (round up their check, or add an open dollar amount) to support Operation Homefront, which makes life a little easier for military, veterans and their families. Outback Steakhouse offers a heroes discount daily. All servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders with 10% off their entire check all day, everyday with a valid state or federal service ID.
Pilot Flying J: Pilot Company will celebrate Veterans Day with a week-long special offer for all U.S. military veterans. From Nov. 9-15, all veterans are invited to enjoy a free Pilot Coffee of any size and one free breakfast offering, such as the french toast 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.
Red Lobster: On November 11th, veterans and active duty military and reservists with valid military ID can get a free appetizer or 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
Red Robin: This year, veterans and active military must also be members of the restaurant’s Red Robin Royalty loyalty program, and must have signed up by November 5th and indicated that they 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 the member’s account.
7-Eleven: Get a free coffee or Big Gulp on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. You need to be using the 7-Eleven app.
Sonny’s BBQ: Veterans and active duty military get a free pulled or sliced pork sandwich on November 11th, 2020. Also receive a voucher for free BBQ Egg Rolls on a future visit.
Starbucks: 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.
TCBY: On November 11th, first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt free for veterans and active duty military.
Tijuana Flats: Veterans get 50% off all entrées on November 11th. If you order online or through the app, use the promo code HONR7553.
Wendy’s: From 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on November 11th, everyone with military ID can get a free small breakfast. No purchase necessary. Offer or hours might vary by location.
Other Freebies and discounts
Grace For Vets: Free car wash for veterans and military members on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Auto Bell is participating.
Great Clips: 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.
Target: Between November 1st and 11th, Target is offering all U.S. active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off the guest’s full basket, some exclusions apply.
To receive the offer, guests must first demonstrate eligibility by registering at www.target.com/circle/military. Guests do not need to wait until Nov. 1 to verify eligibility.
After eligibility has been verified, an exclusive, one-time use 10% Target Circle offer will be available for the guest to use in-store or online Nov. 1-11, 2020. More info.
Dollar General: Veterans, active duty military members, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their immediate family members will receive 11% off on qualifying purchases in all store locations or online by using promo code MILITARY11.
Sports Clips: Many Sports Clips locations are offering free haircuts on November 11 to active duty personnel and veterans. Find the closet participating location on this map.
True REST Float Spa: Free 60-minute float to any active-duty military member or veteran. In fact, they float free on the 11th of every month! 906 Pecan Avenue.
Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tire: 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.
Red Roof: 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 VP 544993 year round.
Walgreens: Veterans, military and their families receive 20% off eligible regular price items — from Nov. 11 to 15. Balance Rewards card or myWalgreens and proof of service are required. For more details, click here.
Veterans Day Events
Salute to Veterans Parade
The annual Veterans Day Parade is not taking place this year. However, there will be a wreath laying ceremony on November 11th, 2020, at 11 a.m. in Uptown Charlotte. We will update on the exact location soon.
Town of Waxhaw Veterans Day Ceremony
There will be an in-person event in Downtown Waxhaw, limited to the first 100 people who register. The event will be streamed live on the Town of Waxhaw’s Facebook page. November 11th at 11 a.m. The in-person event has been moved to Forest Hill Church, 8120 Kensington Drive, across from the Harris Teeter, in Waxhaw, because of the weather forecast.
Veterans Day Ceremony in Huntersville
There won’t be a parade or celebration this year, but there will be a ceremony on November 11th at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park in Huntersville. There will be limited seating, and you’ll need to reserve your spot in advance. (Follow above link.) The event will also be livestreamed.
Veterans Day Program in Cornelius
This will be a virtual event. Follow above link for details.
Veterans Day Ceremony in Mooresville
Mooresville is not holding their annual Veterans Day Parade and Celebration, but they will have a Flag Processional and Ceremony on November 9th, a Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11th, at 11 a.m., at Glenwood Park, and a Drive-Thru Luncheon on November 11th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind Richard’s Coffee Shop. Follow above link for more information.
Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show
This event has been canceled.
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