Veterans Day 2016: Freebies and discounts

Veterans Day should be every day but since only one day is devoted to it we want to make sure you know about freebies.

Veterans Day is Friday, November 11 and a variety of restaurants and stores are offering free deals or discounts at participating locations. Make sure you carry your proof of service or valid military ID.

We'll continue to add to this list as we see more freebies so keep checking back with

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1. Red Lobster
Veterans and active duty military, and reservists will get a free appetizer or dessert from November 10 - 11. Must show proof of service with a military ID card.

Choose from one of the following special menu items:
• Sweet Chili Shrimp
• Mozzarella Cheesesticks
• Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
• Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
• Lobster and Langostino Pizza
• Signature Shrimp Cocktail

• Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie
• NY Style Cheesecake
• Warm Apple Crostada
• Chocolate Wave
• Brownie Overboard
• Key Lime Pie

2. Mimi’s Café
Veterans and active duty military will receive a complimentary entrée from a special all-day ‘Veterans Day’ menu with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage on Friday, November 11. On Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 veterans and active duty military will receive their choice of breakfast, lunch or dinner entrees on the ‘Veterans Day’ menu for a special price of $5.99 with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage. Must show proof of military service.

Menu Includes:
• Grilled Chicken & Frites
• Chicken Chop Salad
• Brioche Cheeseburger
• Farmhouse Tacos

3. Golden Corral
Golden Corral will host Military Appreciation night with a free “thank you” dinner on Monday, November 14th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The dinner is for Veterans, retirees, and active duty members. You must dine in to get the free meal.  Must show proof of military service. More Details: Golden Corral 

4. Hooters
On Friday, November 11, all veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free entrée from the Hooters ‘Veterans Day’ Menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location nationwide. 

Enjoy one of the following free menu items:

  • 10 Piece Boneless Wings
  • 10 Piece Traditional Wings
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
  • Hooters Burger

Must show proof of military service. More Details: Hooters

5. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Veterans will get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. Must show proof of military service. More Details: Cracker Barrel 

6. Red Robin
All Veterans and active duty military members will get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak fries on Veterans Day. No purchase is necessary. Must show proof of service. More Details: Red Robin

7. World Of Beer
All Veterans and active military can get a free select beer or $5 off your check at World of Beer locations. You must show your proof of service. More Details: World Of Beer 

8. Olive Garden
On Friday, November 11 all Veterans and military duty will receive a free meal from a special ‘Veterans Day Menu.’ The special menu features six of Olive Garden’s most popular items. Entrees are served with unlimited homemade soup, salad, and breadsticks. Most show proof of service. More Details: Olive Garden

9. Chili’s
On Friday, November 11 all Veterans and military duty will receive a free entrée from a special Veterans Day menu.

The menu includes the following:

  • Oldtimer with Cheese
  • Soup & Salad
  • Chicken Crispers
  • Chipotle Chicken
  • Margherita Flatbread

Must show proof of service. More Details: Chili’s

10. Hickory Tavern
Hickory Tavern will provide 50% off all food and non-alcoholic beverages on Veterans Day for all veterans and active-duty military. It addition veterans and troops will also receive a certificate for 20% off their next meal. Must show proof of service. More Details: Hickory Tavern

11. Denny’s
All veterans and active-duty military are invited to Build Your Own Grand Slam at Denny’s on Veterans Day from 5:00 a.m. – noon. You must show proof of service. More Details: Denny’s

Build Your Own Grand Salem which includes four breakfast items:

  • New fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
  • Eggs Cooked to Order
  • Sizzling Bacon Strips
  • Seasonal Fruit or Hash Browns

12. Krispy Kreme
Offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all those served or currently are serving on Veterans Day. A free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military personnel (no ID required). Only at participating locations. More Details: Krispy Kreme

13. K&W Cafeteria
Free Veterans Day meal on Veterans Day at K&W Cafeteria from 4:00 p.m. until closing. Must show proof of service. More Details: K&W Cafeteria

Free offer includes:

  • Entrée
  • 2 Vegetables
  • Bread
  • Beverage

14. Longhorn Steak House
Get a free appetizer or dessert at Longhorn Steak House on Veterans Day plus 10% off bill for the entire table. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military. More Details: Longhorn Steak House

15. Starbucks
Any veteran, active-duty military, and military spouse will be treated to a free tall coffee on Veterans Day.

16. IHOP — Free stack of red, white and blue pancakes to all veterans and active duty military. Available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

17. SportClips — SportClips will offer free haircuts to all active duty military and veterans with valid ID. Click here for participating locations and more info. 

18. O’Charley’s
All veterans and active-duty military are invited on Veterans Day to get a free meal from the $9.99 menu at O’Charley’s. Must show proof of service. 

19. Sheetz
All veterans and active-duty military can get a free 6-inch turkey sub and a fountain drink free at Sheetz on Veterans Day. Must show proof of service. More Details: Sheetz 

20. Empire Beauty School

All veterans and current armed forces members can get a complimentary haircut on Friday from 9am to 3pm by showing military ID. Empire Beauty School is located at 1312 Bridford Parkway in Greensboro. 

21. Burlington Animal Shelter - Pets For Vets

Beginning Friday, November 11 and moving forward, Burlington Animal Services will waive pet adoption fees for all military veterans. The only requirement is the adopter must present their military ID or proof of service at the time of adoption. 

22. Free Wedding Ceremonies For Veterans 

All Faiths Wedding Officiants of the Triad is partnering with the area's top wedding vendors to offer a free wedding ceremony to any veteran who wishes to get married on Veterans Day. Space is limited. Contact Bella Bella Collina Mansion in Stokesdale to schedule a time at 336-644-6713. 

23. Black Angus Steakhouse 

Black Angus Steakhouse will provide veterans and active-duty military with a complimentary meal to show their support on Veterans Day. Must show proof of military service.

The menu includes the following:

  • Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin Steak
  • Home-style mashed potatoes
  • Broccoli with garlic butter
  • Sweet Molasses Bread

24. Shoney’s

This year, vets and active duty military can chow down on a free All American Burger.

25. The Melting Pot

All military service members and their guests can take 20% off their bill

26. Twin Peaks

In honor of the holiday, diners with valid military I.D. can choose free food item from the Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu.

27. Zoe's Kitchen

Customers with military I.D. can dine on a free Mediterranean-inspired meal this Veterans Day.

28. Bonefish Grill 

Veterans and active military can kick off their meal with a free Bang Shrimp Appetizer.

29. Carrabba's 

From November 7 – 13, vets and active military can receive a free appetizer. To get the deal, bring along a military I.D. or uniform.

30. McDonald's

Free Classic Big Mac sandwich to all Veterans and Active Duty Military with valid Military I.D @ McDonald's of Tampa Bay restaurants

31. Frida's Cafe

Giving away a FREE donut with military identification.

32. American Victory Ship in Tampa

Free daily tours for veterans and their families.

33. Quaker Steak & Lube

The location at 10400 49th St North in Pinellas Park is honoring all veterans and active duty military with a 50% discount on all meals on Veteran's Day.

34. Mission BBQ 

offering a free sandwich and a slice of cake to veterans and active duty service members at 13612 Bruce B Downs and Town & Country at 5602 West Waters.

35. Publix

10% discount on groceries on November 11th.  This excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps, and money services. Must present military ID.

36. Pinellas County Parks

Offering free parking at county parks on Veteran's Day.  Parks include all county boat ramps, Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, Sand Key Park in Clearwater and Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde.

37. JCPenney

Offering a 5% discount from Nov 10-13 to current and former veterans and their family members.  Valid military ID required.

38. Bone Fish Grill

Free BangBang Shrimp at Bone Fish Grill for all active duty and retired military.  Valid ID required.

39. Tampa Premium Outlets

VIP savings pass for active duty and retired military.  Visit guest services and present a military ID.

40. HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit) and  PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority)

Free bus rides today for active duty military and veterans.  Military ID needed.

41. Chipotle

 From 3 p.m. to close, all U.S. military, military spouses and veterans get a buy one get one free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos.

42. iPic Theaters

Free movie ticket by showing proof of service with U.S. uniform services I.D. or in uniform. Here's a list of locations here. 

43. Bob Evans

Free meal from a special menu available all day. Military ID required.

44. Little Caesars

Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

45. Applebee's

Free meal from a special menu and get a $5 coupon that can be redeemed Nov. 12-27.

46. Fazoli's

Veterans will receive a free "Build Your Own Pasta Bowl" on Nov. 11.

47. Baskin Robins

For every ice cream scoop sold in the U.S., the company will donate 11 cents to United Service Organizations.

48. Ruby Tuesday

Free appetizer up to $10.

49. Buffalo Wild Wing

Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.



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