Many businesses thank veterans and active military members by offering them a free meal or other gift on Veterans Day, which is Friday, November 11th, 2022. 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. Unless otherwise specified, these freebies and deals are for veterans and active duty military and take place Friday, November 11, 2022. Participation might vary by location.
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Free and discounted food and drink
Read on for a big list of businesses offering freebies or special deals to veterans and active military. Make sure to check the dates and follow the links for details.
Applebee’s: Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty military members a free meal from a select Veterans Day menu on November 11th, 2022. Choices include Classic Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicken Tenders Platter, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Oriental Chicken Salad, 6 oz. USDA Select Top Sirloin, Double Crunch Shrimp, and Three-Cheese Chicken Penne.
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar: Veterans and active-duty military can head to Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar for a classic American meal. Vets enjoy a free All-American Burger (with choice of cheese) and side of chips — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 11th.
Bar Louie: Vets can celebrate Veterans Day at Bar Louie with a complimentary burger. On November 11th, 2022, all active and retired military enjoy a FREE Craft Burger of their choice, available all day and late-night. Choose from such customer favorites as That’s My Jam Burger, Bourbon BBQ Burger, GastroBurger and more.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: On November 11th, current and formerly military who dine in at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will receive a free entrée and Dr. Pepper beverage. The select Veterans Day menu includes the following: Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon-Guacamole Deluxe Burger, Deep Dish Ziti, Grilled Chicken Alfredo, Jumbo Spaghetti & Meatballs, Soup/Salad Combo, Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Mediterranean Chicken Pita Tacos and Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
Bob Evans: On November 11, 2022 Bob Evans is offering a special menu of seven homestyle favorites available to veterans and active duty military for free: Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, The Mini Sampler, Buttermilk Hotcakes, Soup and Salad Combo, Country Fried Steak Dinner, Mushroom & Onion Chopped Steak Dinner. More info.
Bonefish Grill: On November 11th, 2022, Bonefish Grill is offering a FREE order of the restaurant’s Bang Bang Shrimp – crispy shrimp tossed in a signature creamy, spicy sauce – with a soft beverage to service members, veterans and first responders with show of ID. Available all day, no purchase required. Year round, Bonefish Grill offers a 10% off Heroes Discount to service members, veterans and first responders.
Carrabba’s: Vets are honored every day at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The restaurant’s Heroes Discount is offered all year long — 10% off for all service members, veterans and first responders.
Chili’s: Free entrée on November 11th, 2022. Choices: Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon, Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese, Cajun Chicken Pasta. More info.
Chicken Salad Chick: On November 11th, 2022, Chicken Salad Chick will offer a free meal to veterans and active duty military who are in uniform or who show military ID. Find a location.
Cici’s Pizza: Free buffet on November 11th at Cici’s Pizza for veterans and active duty military personnel. Dine-in only.
Dunkin’: Dunkin’ is offering veterans and active military members a free donut of their choice on November 11th, 2022. In-sotre only. Not available for orders using On-the-Go Mobile Ordering through the Dunkin’ mobile app. More info.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Vets can get a full meal at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and not just on Veterans Day. Veterans and active military can stop by on November 11th and pick up a FREE Freddy’s Original Double combo meal card. The card is valid November 11th to 30th, 2022. No purchase necessary to receive or redeem the card.
Golden Corral: Every Veterans Day for more than 20 years, Golden Corral has served a free meal to anyone who has served in the military. Golden Corral’s long-standing Military Appreciation Night takes place Monday, November 14th, 2022, from 5 p.m. to close. Dine-in only.
Hooters: All military eat free, from a special Veterans Day menu, with the purchase of a beverage, on November 11th, 2022. Choose from Buffalo Chicken Salad, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Hooters Burger and 10-piece Boneless Wings. More info.
IHOP: All military veterans enjoy a freebie at IHOP. On November 11th, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. enjoy a free stack of Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes.
Krispy Kreme: Veterans receive a free doughnut (your choice) and a free small hot or iced brewed coffee at participating Krispy Kreme locations on November 11th, 2022.
Little Caesars: At Little Caesars, on Friday, November 11th, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., veterans, active or honorably discharged members of the military may receive a free 4-slice Detroit-style Depp Dish pizza with pepperoni, plus one 20 oz. Pepsi-Cola product. In-store purchase only. Here’s all the fine print.
Logan’s Roadhouse: On November 11th, from 3 to 6 p.m., military members and veterans can get a free meal from the Veterans Day menu at Logan’s Roadhouse, with proof of service. The menu includes Bayou Shrimp, Chicken Tenders, Chopped Steak, Pork Chop, Pulled Pork Plate, and Steak Tips, as well as side options including Chips, Cole Slaw, Corn, Fries, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes and Rice.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Menchie’s is offering veterans and active duty military a free frozen yogurt and toppings on November 11th, 2022. The first 6 ounces are free.
Metro Diner: On Friday, November 11th, 2022, Metro Diner is offering 50% off to active and retired military with valid military ID. They can get 10% off all year.
O’Charley’s: Free entrée from select menu on November 11th, 2022 at O’Charley’s for veterans and active duty military. Dine-in only. Announced on Facebook.
Outback Steakhouse: Vets are honored every day at Outback Steakhouse. The restaurant’s Heroes Discount is offered all year long — 10% off for all service members, veterans and first responders.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill: Perry’s is offering veterans and active military members free pork chops. On Thursday, November 10th, 2022, from 4 to 10 p.m., get one free dinner chop when accompanied by a guest purchasing one dinner entrée, and on Friday, November 11th, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., get one free Pork Chop Lunch when accompanied by a guest purchasing one lunch or dinner entrée. Dine-in only. 4509 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC.
Qdoba: 50% off any entrée at participating Qdoba locations for veterans and active duty military members on November 11th, 2022.
Red Lobster: On Friday, November 11th, 2022, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Red Lobster is offering a special deal to veterans, active duty military and reservists. Get a free order of Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Fries, and Coleslaw, featuring six hand-breaded, butterflied and lightly fried shrimp, served with cocktail sauce, as well as crispy French Fries and Coleslaw. Just show a valid military ID or proof of service.
Red Robin: All veterans and active-duty military can receive a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger, served with Bottomless Steak Fries at participating restaurants nationwide. More info.
Sheetz: Free meal for all veterans and active duty military on November 11th, 2022. Get a free half ham and cheese or meatball sub, plus a regular size fountain drink. This is available at any of Sheetz 660+ store locations. In addition, any Sheetz that has a car wash will offer a free $9 car wash to veterans and active duty military on November 11th.
Schlotzky’s: From November 11th to 30th, 2022, Schlotzsky’s will offer free chips and a small drink with an entree purchase (sandwich, salad, pizza, flatbread, calzone or pick 2) to veterans and active-duty service members with a valid military ID. Not valid in app or online.
Starbucks: On November 11th, 2022, Starbucks is pouring a complimentary cup of coffee for veterans, military service members and their spouses. Qualifying customers can sip on a free Tall hot brewed coffee (12-oz.) New this year, the offer has been expanded to also include a free Tall iced coffee.
Tijuana Flats: On Friday, November 11th, 2022, Tijuana Flats is offering 50% off one regular-price adult entrée to veterans and active military with a valid ID. The half-off entrée is limited to one per check, per person and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Veterans and active military must present a valid ID upon arrival to receive the one-time use offer for dine-in, curbside pickup, and to-go orders. Offer not available for delivery. Visit tijuanaflats.com/offer-terms for full details.
Other Freebies and discounts
Grace For Vets: Free car wash for veterans and military members on Friday, November 11, 2022.
Sports Clips: This year, they are donating $2 for every haircut to Help a Hero Scholarship Program. More info.
Great Clips: On November 11th, 2022, Great Clips is offering veterans and active military members a free haircut, or a free haircut card to use at a later date. In addition, non-military customers can purchase a service on Veterans Day and get a free haircut card to give to a military service member that they know. More info.
North Carolina Zoo: November 7th to 13th, 2022, is Military Appreciation Week at North Carolina Zoo. Active duty, reserve, veterans and retired military personnel get free admission all week for themselves and one guest.
Target: Target is offering military, veterans and their families 10% off two purchases by November 12th, 2022. Restrictions apply. More info.
True Rest Float Spa: On November 11th, 2022, any active duty military, reservist or veteran can enjoy a free 60-minute float therapy session. In fact, veterans and military members float for free on the 11th of every month. More info.
Walgreens: From November 11th to 14th, 2022, veterans, military and their families receive 20% off regular price eligible store items at Walgreens or Duane Reade drugstores nationwide. Participants needed to use their myWalgreens card and provide proof of service. In-store only. Walgreens Veterans Day discount details.
Goodyear Tire: All active, former and retired military members and first responders can receive Goodyear’s free inspections on tires, brakes and batteries, and will receive an additional
10% off tires and services. Eligible guests who present a valid ID can schedule car care check appointments between November 10th and 14th, and redeem service through November 17th, 2022. More info here.
Veterans Day Events
Lunch for the Brave in Cary
The Town of Cary is honoring veterans with Lunch for the Brave. Veterans can attend a free catered lunch and a preservation on Friday, November 4th, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary, NC. Participants must register by October 28th. Then they’ll be notified so that they can select their meal.
North Carolina Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
This event takes place on Saturday, November 5th, 2022. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m., and the ceremony is at 11 a.m. on the north side of the Capitol Building, 1 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh.
Zebulon Veterans Day Celebration
The Town of Zebulon and Zebulon Rotary Club are hosting a Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022, at 10 a.m., on the front lawn of Zebulon Town Hall, 1003 North Arendell Avenue, Zebulon. A grab and go breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, October 29th, 2021, to Amy Hayden (919) 823-0432 or email@example.com.
Veterans Day Observance in Cary
The Town of Cary will hold a Veterans Day Observance on Friday, November 11th, 2022, at 11 a.m., at Veterans Freedom Park, 1517 N. Harrison Ave., Cary. The ceremony will feature speakers from local veterans organizations, patriotic music from the Old North State Bass Band, and remarks from Cary Town Council members. A special Field of Flags will be at Veterans Freedom Park in honor of those who have served in the armed forces. It will be there all week. Free parking will be at Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harris Avenue, Cary, with a shuttle.
Remembrance Day in Durham
The City of Durham and Durham Parks & Recreation are holding a Remembrance Day event on Saturday, November 12th, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join with local veterans and friends to remember and honor the men and women who fought for our country. The event will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site at Edison Johnson Recreation Center, 500 West Murray Avenue, Durham, NC. Share memories and enjoy refreshments.
Orange County Veterans Day Celebration
UNC-Chapel Hill and Orange County are presenting a joint ceremony at Southern Human Services Campus, 2501 Homestead Drive, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Friday, November 11th, 2022, at 11 a.m. All of the University’s ROTC programs will be represented at the ceremony. Live music will be provided by Russell Howard of The Auxiliary.
Veterans Day Breakfast and Program at Chavis Park
The City of Raleigh is hosting a Veterans Day Breakfast at John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Raleigh, on Friday, November 11th, 2022. The event includes a free catered breakfast for the first 60 veterans from 9 to 10 a.m. Following the breakfast will be a program from 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and then a social.
Town of Garner Veterans Day Observance
The Town of Garner is presenting a Veterans Day Observance on Friday, November 11th, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. it will take place at Aversboro Road Baptist Church, 1600 Aversboro Road, Garner. Enjoy music by the Garner Magnet High School band and a keynote address. This free event is co-sponsored by the Garner Veterans Advisory Committee. Free tours of the Veterans Memorial at Lake Benson Park will be given following the program.
Veterans Day Concert with Durham Community Concert Band
Enjoy a free concert by Durham Community Concert Band at Southern Village Green, 620 Market Street, Chapel Hill, on Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 4 p.m. The concert will feature several pieces to honor our nation’s veterans.
Veterans Day Celebration in Morrisville
The Morrisville Veterans Day Celebration will be Friday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. at Indian Creek Trailhead, 101 Town Hall Drive. The event will honor veterans who live in Morrisville and those who work for the Town of Morrisville. Brigadier General (Ret.) Johnny Clinton, the commander of the Lowe’s Grove American Legion Post 416, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Parking will be available at Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive. Rain Note If there is rain on Friday the Veterans Day celebration will be moved to the bay area of Fire Station No. 1, located at 200 Town Hall Drive.
Full Calendar for Veterans Day Weekend
If you’re looking for something to do Veterans Day Weekend, here’s Triangle on the Cheap’s full calendar of events.