It’s Veterans Day, and with it comes time off and the opportunity to plan something fun for the whole family. Whether you’re looking to make the most of your time at home or are heading out for an excursion, you’ll want to know what discounts and freebies are available to make the most of your outing.
And who knows, with some of the great deals offered, you might find yourself taking a little road trip to enjoy a few of them. As in years past, we've made it easy for you by putting together this comprehensive list of all the deals!
2018 List of Veterans Day Discounts & Freebies
Restaurant Discounts and Freebies
Applebees Free meal from the Veteran’s Day Menu November 11.
Back Yard Burgers Free Back Yard ‘Classic Burger’ on November 11.
BJ's Brewhouse Complimentary entree up to $12.99 a Dr. Pepper, and a free Pizookie on November 11.
Buffalo Wild Wings Dine in and receive one small order of wings and small fries for free on November 11.
Chili's Free meal from select menu for veterans and active duty service members on November 11.
Chipotle Veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses with valid ID are offered a BOGO burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos on November 7.
Cracker Barrel Complimentary piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake on November 11.
Dunkin’ Donuts Veterans and active duty military are eligible to receive a free donut of their choice with no purchase necessary November 11.
El Torito Dine at any El Torito, El Torito Grill, Acapulco, or Chevy's restaurant on Sunday, November 11, and with a valid ID, get a meal free of charge at any time from 3 pm until closing time.
Hooters November 11, all veterans who present a military ID or proof of service and purchase a beverage at any participating Hooters location nationwide will receive a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu (available for dine-in only).
IHOP Free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes November 12 for all veterans and active duty service members.
Little Caesars Free $5 lunch combo November 11, 11 am- 2 pm
Olive Garden Complimentary meal includes an entree from a special Veterans Day menu, plus unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks to round out the meal November 11.
On the Border Free Create-Your-Own combo meal with rice and beans, and chips and salsa on November 11.
Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage on November 11.
Red Lobster Free appetizer or dessert on November 11 & 12.
Red Robin Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on November 11.
Rib Crib Free meal off the Menu of Honor on November 11.
Ruby Tuesday Free appetizer on November 11.
Texas Roadhouse Free lunch from the Veterans Menu on November 11.
TGI Fridays Free lunch, equal to or less than $12, from November 11 & 12.
Wienerschnitzel Free chili dog, small fries, and small Pepsi on November 11.
Retail Freebies and Discounts
Academy Sports & Outdoors 10% off purchases October 31- November 30.
Cabela's 5% off qualified purchases Veterans Day and every day.
Dell Save an additional 10% off PCs and electronics on Dell.com by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with a U.S. based sales agent.
Home Depot 10% off your purchase every day including November 11.
Lowe's 10% off your purchase every day including November 11.
Nike 10% off purchases every day.
Publix 10% off groceries on November 11.
Rack Room Shoes 10% off purchase every day.
Tractor Supply Co 15% off in-store purchases November 11.
Under Armour 10% off purchase for veterans, service members, military spouses, and family members Veterans Day and every day.
Walgreens 20% discount on eligible purchases on November 9-11 for veterans, service members, and immediate family members. Must have Walgreens Balance Rewards Card and ID.
Many of your frequented retail shops offer a 10% military discount year-round for veterans, service members, and military spouses. Just ask at the checkout!
Recreation Freebies and Discounts
9/11 Memorial and Museum (New York) Free admission for veterans and two half-priced tickets for family members November 7-11.
Aquarium of the Pacific (California) Free admission for veterans and active duty November 11. $3 off adult guest admission or $1.50 child’s admission.
B&B’s for Vets One free night’s stay on or around November 11.
Birmingham Zoo Free admission for veterans, service members, and their families November 11 and 12.
Boston Duck Tours Free rides November 12-16 for veterans and active duty service members. Dependents ride for $10.
Churchill Downs (Kentucky) Free general admission and $29 tickets to Millionaires Row (normally $38) November 11. Valid Military I.D. must be presented to receive offers.
Country Music Hall of Fame (Nashville) Free admission for active duty and retired armed services and immediate family members November 10-12 (maximum of 4 free admissions per family). And a 10% discount at Circa, Museum Store, and Hatch Show Print Retail Store.
Franklin Park Zoo (Boston) Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo offers free admission to veterans November 10 – 12, 2018.
Kansas City Zoo (Missouri) All military personnel (retired, active, veterans, etc.) with a valid ID will receive complimentary admission on November 10 & 11.
Killington Resort (Vermont) Free lift ticket November 11. This deal is also available on Memorial Day.
Knott's Berry Farm Free admission for veterans and active duty service members and one guest November 1-15 and November 26- December 21.
Legoland California offers discounted tickets at your bases’ Information, Tickets, and Travel (ITT) office or 10% off at the door everyday.
Legoland Florida November 1-30, all veterans and active duty military of the U.S. armed forces can receive free admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Veterans also can purchase theme park tickets for up to six guests at a 50% discount on the same dates. To receive free admission and purchase discounted tickets, veterans must present valid military ID or proof of veteran status at LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket window on the day of their visit.
Legoland Discovery Center Arizona Free admission for service members and $10 admission for guests November 10-12.
Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City Free admission for service members and $10 admission for up to 6 additional guests November 10-11.
Legoland Discovery Center Chicago Free admission for service members and $5 off full price admission for up to 6 additional guests November 10-11.
Mariner’s Museum (Virginia) $5 admission for veterans, service members, and families November 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities are free with Museum admission.
Montgomery Zoo (Alabama) 50% off tickets for veterans, active duty service members and dependents November 11-17.
Monticello (Virginia) Free admission November 10-12.
Mount Vernon (Virginia) Free admission November 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
National Parks All parks that charge admission will have free entry for everyone November 11.
Nashville Zoo Free admission for veterans, active duty, and families November 11.
New Mexico Museum of Space History Free admission for veterans November 11, 12-5 p.m.
Newseum (Washington, DC) Free admission for service members and one guest November 10-12.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (Washington) Free admission for veterans and active duty service members and 50% off tickets for immediate family members November 10-12.
Pro Football Hall of Fame (Ohio) Free admission plus one guest for veterans and active duty service members November 1-30 plus 20% off HOF Store merchandise.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (South Carolina) Free admission November 11.
Six Flags, Jackson (New Jersey) Free admission with discounted admission ($29.99) for friends and family November 11.
Six Flags Over Georgia Free admission November 10-12. Each eligible hero may also bring up to three guests for only $50.99 each, plus city fee.
Six Flags St. Louis Free admission to the theme park with a valid U.S. military I.D. November 10-11. A special military discount will be available at the Main Gate for the active duty member’s family and friends at $37.99 + tax each.
The Alamo (Texas) Free admission and giveaways for military and families November 11.
Waves of Honor Discounts or free admission for SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens of Williamsburg, Sesame Place Langhorne, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica Orlando.
Woodland Park Zoo (Washington) Free admission for veterans, active duty service members and spouses November 11.
World of Coca-Cola (Georgia) Veterans and active duty service members may purchase up to four tickets at 50% off now through November 11.
Services Freebies and Discounts
Great Clips Free haircut November 11 or card for free haircut to use anytime before December 31, 2018.
NAPA AutoCare Centers Free oil change.
Keep in mind that this a general list and you’re encouraged to call your local businesses to verify their participation. See something we missed? Please comment below!