Veterans Day is a day to remember and thank military members for their service in the armed forces. As a military veteran, it always humbles me to see the thanks given by so many people on Veterans Day. Though none of us served for recognition, it is nice (and humbling) to be thanked for your service.
Many restaurants and retailers also offer veterans special discounts or even free meals on Veterans Day. This is very generous on their part, and certainly something they don’t have to do. If you are a military veteran, I encourage you to participate in one or more of these events. These Veterans Day appreciation events are a great way to meet other veterans and show the restaurants and retailers you appreciate their generosity.
We recommend sharing this resource with any other Veterans you may know. You can also see a list of military discounts, more Veteran’s Day free Meals, and Veterans Day Retail Discounts on our other site, The Military Wallet.
Free Meals on Veterans Day 2018
Notes: Offers may vary by location; please call ahead or verify offer first, especially with franchises. Most offers require military ID or other proof of service such as a military ID Card, Veterans ID Card, veterans designation on your drivers license, veterans organization card (e.g. VFW, American Legion), or military discharge papers.
Please see this list of free Veterans Day meals for more information on days, times, and eligibility.
Did you know? Veterans Day is celebrated Nov. 11 each year. This year, Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Because this is a federal holiday, it is recognized on Nov. 12, 2018. So some restaurants are offering free meals on the 11th, and others are offering free meals on the 12th. We have these listed by date to make it easier. We do our best to verify everything, but we recommend verifying the offer with the restaurant before ordering.
Free Meals & Discounts – Nov. 11, 2018
- Applebee’s – free meal from special menu. More info.
- Bar Louie – Free flatbread or burger. Locations.
- BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse – Free entree, up to $12.95 value. Locations.
- California Pizza Kitchen – Free pizza, salad, or pasta from special menu. More info.
- Chili’s – Free meal on Veterans Day. Locations.
- Cotton Patch Café – Free meal from special menu. Locations.
- Famous Dave’s (Nov. 11 -12, 2018) – Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and cornbread muffin More info.
- Hooters – Free Meal from select menu w/ drink purchase. Locations.
- Max & Erma’s – Free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo. Locations.
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – Free Meal from special menu. More info.
- O’Charley’s – Free Meal from the $9.99er menu. More info.
- On The Border – Free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Locations.
- Red Robin – Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries at participating locations. Find one near you.
- Ruby Tuesday’s – Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating restaurants. More info.
- Spaghetti Warehouse (Nov. 9 – 11) – Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon Required.
- Texas Roadhouse – free meal from special menu.
- T.G.I. Friday’s – Free meal at participating locations. More info.
Free Meals & Discounts – Nov. 12, 2018
- Denny’s – Free Build Your Own Grand Slam 5 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Famous Dave’s (Nov. 11 -12, 2018) – Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and corn bread muffin More info.
- Golden Corral – Free meal for Military Appreciation Monday. More info.
- Shoney’s – Free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers.
My wife and I are both military veterans, and we went to McCormick & Schmick’s a couple years ago on the day before Veterans Day. It was a fun evening and a delicious meal. Of course, we tipped the waiter on the full price of the meal before accounting for any discounts.
This year Golden Corral and several other restaurants are offering the Veterans Day meal on a date other than Veterans Day. This gives military veterans an opportunity to take advantage of more than one meal at various restaurants if they so choose.
2018 Veterans Day Discounts (Retailers):
Veterans Day Freebies:
- Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day. Find a list at Grace for Veterans.
- Free Haircut – Great Clips. Free haircut.
- Free Haircut – Sports Clips – free haircut at participating locations.
- Home Depot Military Discount – with proof of military service.
- Lowe’s Military Discount – with proof of military service (more info on Home Depot and Lowe’s Military Discount).
- Mattress Firm – 20% Discount. Available for current and former military, from Nov. 9 – Nov. 12, 2018. Some exclusions may apply.
- Publix, 10% off. Veterans Day only. Valid for current and former military members. Offer excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps, and money services. More info.
- Sears Garage Services, 10% Discount. Available from Nov 9-12, 2018, with valid military ID. Sears Garage Doors site.
- Tractor Supply Company, 15% discount: 15 percent off their entire purchase at Tractor Supply with valid military ID or proof of service. Locations.
Please pass this info along if you know any military veterans and thanks to all who have worn the uniform!
2017 Offers (Pending Updates for 2018)
- Bob Evans – Free Meal from special menu. More info.
- Cici’s Pizza – Free pizza buffet. Locations.
- IHOP – Free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes. More info.
- Outback Steakhouse – A free Bloomin’ Onions and non-alcoholic beverage. Locations.
- Sizzler – Free Lunch until 4 p.m., Nov 11, 2016.