Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11 to honor those who courageously served in our Armed Forces. Happy Veterans Day to all soldiers, both past and present, and to their families as well. Thank you for your sacrifice and your service for protect and preserve our freedom. To honor Veterans, businesses across the nation are offering special deals and discounts to show their support on Veterans Day. Here are some local freebies and deals offered to both active duty military and veterans.***ALWAYS CHECK WITH LOCAL BUSINESS YOU  ARE PLANNING TO VISIT TO ENSURE THEY ARE PARTICIPATING AND HAVEN’T MADE CHANGES.***




  • Applebee’s Veterans and Active Duty Military members can choose a free meal from a limited menu on Veteran’s Day with proof of service.
  • Apple Spice– Apple Spice celebrates Veterans and Military not just on Veterans Day but every day with a 15% discount.
  • Bob Evans Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a select menu on November 11.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Veterans and active military who dine-in with Buffalo Wild Wings can receive a free order of boneless wings and a side of fries.
  • Chili’s Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11 Available for in-restaurant only.
  • Chipotle– Chipotle is giving a buy one burrito, bowl or salad get one free from 3 p.m. to close on November 11 to Vets, military and their spouses.
  • Cracker Barrel Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake when dining at any location on November 11.
  • Denny’s Veterans and military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11 from 5 a.m. to noon. Dine-in only.
  • Dunkin Donuts On November 11 veterans and active-duty military receive a free donut at participating locations. Offer available in-store only.
  • Famous Dave’s Military personnel get a free Free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich + Side at participating locations on November 11. Valid for Dine-In, To Go, and Online Ordering. Not valid for call in orders.
  • Golden Corral Golden Corral is handing out a free meal and beverage card between November 1 and 30 while supplies last. Military personnel can then redeem their card once for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday from November 1 to May 31.
  • Green Turtle- Offers Military Discount all year round 15% off your bill. Green turtle is celebrating our armed forces by offering a FREE entrée from a special Veterans Day menu, with free upgrades to fries, from 11 a.m. to close on November 11th.
  • Hooters Veterans can stop in for 10 free boneless wings with any 10 purchase from a long list of wing styles.
  • IHOP: Free Red, White and Blue pancake combo for veterans.
  • Krispy Kreme Free doughnut and coffee on 11-11.
  • Little Cesar’s Pizza: One free lunch combo from 11am-2pm.
  • Mission BBQ- Veteran’s eat free on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.
  • Olive Garden On 11-11, veterans and current members of the military who dine in get a free entrée from a special menu.
  • Outback Steakhouse Veterans and active-duty service members get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola product to on 11-11. Offer available for dine-in or to-go (call-in orders only, not available online).
  • Red Lobster One free appetizer or dessert. Active-duty military and veterans get a free sandwich with fries or tots on 11-11. Available for dine-in or call-in to-go orders.
  • Starbucks One free coffee, also eligible to military spouses.
  • Texas Roadhouse BBQ Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores’ parking lots on 11-11. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem their dinner vouchers when the restaurant opens for dinner, through May 30, 2022.
  • Wendy’s Free coffee for veterans, active duty and family members.


  • Capital Wheel One free ride on Veterans Day, family members are eligible for a discounted rate
  • Colonial Williamsburg For the entire Veteran’s Day Weekend, (November 11-14), the world’s largest living history museum is offering FREE admission to all active-duty Military, Reservists, Retirees, Veterans, National Guardsmen and their immediate dependents.
  • Mount Vernon Free admission
  • National Parks All U.S. National Parks will be offering free admission to the public
  • Maryland Science Center Free admission for active-duty military and veterans, plus $2 off for their guests



  • Clear Space Junk Removal:20% off in the months of November and December
  • Great Clips: On November 11, veterans and active service members can go into any U.S. Great Clips salon and get a free haircut or a free haircut card to use later.
  • Sports Clips: One free haircut with military ID

***The Playful Parent is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free resources for families that advocate learning through play and promote family bonding. Resources for this article are dedicated to my dad who retired from the ARMY after serving for over 20 years.***