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 2019
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.
Did you know? Veterans Day is celebrated Nov. 11 each year. We do our best to verify everything, but we recommend verifying the offer with the restaurant before ordering.
Free Meals & Discounts – Nov. 11, 2019
- Applebee’s – free meal from a special menu. More info.
- BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse – Free entree, up to $14.95 value. Locations.
- Bob Evans – Free Meal from special menu. More info.
- California Pizza Kitchen – Free pizza, salad, or pasta from special menu. More info.
- Chili’s – Free meal on Veterans Day. More info.
- Cici’s Pizza – Free pizza buffet. Locations.
- Cotton Patch Café – Free meal from special menu. Locations.
- Denny’s – Free Build Your Own Grand Slam 5 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Famous Dave’s – Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and cornbread muffin More info.
- Golden Corral – Free meal for Military Appreciation Monday. More info.
- Hooters – Free Meal from select menu w/ drink purchase. Locations.
- IHOP – Free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes. More info.
- Max & Erma’s – Free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo at participating locations. Locations.
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants (Nov. 10, 2019) – 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”. More info.
- Outback Steakhouse – 20% off meal ticket. Locations.
- Red Robin – Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries at participating locations. Find one near you.
- Shoney’s – Free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers.
- Sizzler – Free Lunch until 4 p.m.
- 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.
My wife and I are both military veterans, and we went to McCormick & Schmick’s a couple of 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.
Depending on which day of the week Veterans Day falls on, some restaurants may offer their free meal on a day other than Veterans Day. For example, Golden Corral almost always offers their free meal on a Monday. That happens to be the same day as Veterans Day this year. But in most years, it falls on a different day of the week. This gives military veterans an opportunity to take advantage of more than one meal at various restaurants if they so choose.
2019 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 – Sport Clips – free haircut at participating locations.
- Amazon Prime – currrent and former military member save $40 on an annual subscription to Prime. Get discount here.
- 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 – 10% Discount. Available for current and former military. 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.
Please pass this info along if you know any military veterans and thanks to all who have worn the uniform!
2018 Offers (Pending Updates for 2019)
- Bar Louie – Free flatbread or burger. Locations.
- Ruby Tuesday’s – Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating restaurants. More info.