Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11, this year and I think I found the most freebies ever for it!
Since they're more plentiful, I've listed restaurant offers first, followed by retail veterans freebies.
Veterans Day Restaurant Offers
54th Street Grill & Bar – Honor your veteran and bring them into any Five-Four for a free meal. Up to $12.00, proof of service required.
99 Restaurants – From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, veterans and active military get a free meal with purchase of an entree.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza – A complimentary small order of meatballs with ricotta cheese is offered to active or former United States Armed Forces personnel, on Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 11. Free meatballs are available for Dine-In and Take Out.
Applebee's – Veterans and Active Duty Military can select a free meal from a limited menu on Veteran's Day. Provide proof of service required.
Back Yard Burgers – Free Classic Burgers Saturday for veterans and active duty personnel in uniform or with a valid ID. The chain also offers a 20% discount to service men and women year-round.
Baker's Square – Veterans and active duty get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day at participating locations. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or a Belgian Waffle.
Bandana's Bar-B-Q – Veterans and active duty eat free on Saturday, 11/11 (up to a $10 value).
Bar Louie – Vets and active military receive a free flatbread or burger on 11/11.
Billy Sims Barbecue – Veterans and active military men and women receive a free Veterans Day meal and special collectors cup on 11/11.
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse – Free entrée under $12.95 on Friday and Saturday. Plus, get a free BJ's beer, which was donated by a community member.
Black Angus Steakhouse – Special top sirloin steak meal for $9.99, which includes home-style mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a beverage. The dine-in offer is available at participating locations from open to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Bob Evans – Free meal from a special menu available all day Saturday.
Bonanza Steakhouse – On Veterans Day, all former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included), at all participating Bonanza Steakhouses.
– Use this coupon for a BOGO free individual meal and drink.
Bruegger's Bagels – Veterans and active military members who show ID and proof of service can receive a Free Small Drip Coffee. No purchase necessary.
Buffalo Wild Wings – Veterans and active duty military who dine-in at their local B-Dubs on 11/11 can receive a free one small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.
California Pizza Kitchen – On 11/11, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to select a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu that includes pizza, salads and pasta. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.
Centraarchy Restaurants – On 11/12, CentraArchy Restaurants are showing their gratitude by honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée. Includes California Dreaming, New York Prime, Chophouse '47, The Tavern at Phipps, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D's Oak Room, Burro Loco, Gulfstream Cafe, Chophouse New Orleans.
Charlie Brown's Steakhouse – Veterans and active-duty military eat lunch for free on Veterans Day from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Chuck E. Cheese – On 11/11, to thank service members past and present, Chuck E. Cheese's will be offering one free personal pizza to all active and retired military members at participating stores nationwide. Promo code #5500.
Circle K – On 11/11, participating Circle K convenience stores will offer a free Polar Pop to military Veterans.
City Barbeque – One free sandwich platter will be given to each veteran for either dine-in or carryout orders. At participating locations only. Veterans Day only.
Cotton Patch Cafe – Veterans and active duty may enjoy a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken on Veteran's Day.
Cracker Barrel – On 11/11, veterans receive a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert to veterans and an opportunity for guests to make purchases that support Operation Homefront.
Dunkin' Donuts – On 11/11, veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free donut at Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide, no purchase necessary.
East Coast Wings + Grill – On 11/11, free meal from a select menu and fountain drink or tea.
Einstein Bros – Free Bagel and shmear with purchase for any retired or active service members on 11/11. Just stop on in and ask.
– On 11/11, in honor of Veteran's Day all former and current military personnel will receive a free two meat Combo.
FATZ Cafe – On 11/11, 9am-3pm, all Veterans and Active Military members are invited ti get one of three free Calabash Chicken entrees.
Fazoli's – 11/10-11/12, all active, inactive and retired military personnel receive a free spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce.
Friendly's – Free meal from a special menu at participating locations.
Glory Days Grill – Free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled boneless wings for veterans on Nov. 11.
Golden Corral – On Monday, 11/13, from 5 PM to 9 PM, Golden Corral offers a free sit-in “thank you” dinner for Military veterans, retirees, and active duty members.
Granite City Food & Brewery – Lunch and a coke on GCFB for all veterans and active military members on Veterans Day.
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar – Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a free lunch or dinner dine-in meal at participating locations on Veterans Day. Must show proof of service, and beverages and gratuity are not included in free meal.
Grimaldi's Pizzeria – 15% discount for veterans on 11/11. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut locations are not participating.
Hamburger Stand – All Veterans and active duty military receive a free hamburger, regular fries and a small Pepsi on 11/11.
Hooters – Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a Hooters Veterans Day free meal from their select Veterans Day menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at participating Hooters locations across the country on 11/11.
Houlihan's – Receive a free entree from a select menu on Veteran's Day 11/11 with proof of veteran status or active service in the military.
Huddle House – Free order of Sweet Cakes, platter-size pancakes available in eight different flavor and topping combinations at all locations nationwide.
Hy-Vee – Hy-Vee is providing a free breakfast buffet for veterans during regular breakfast hours on Veterans Day.
IKEA – Veterans can enjoy a free entree at IKEA with valid ID on 11/11.
K&W Cafeteria – Free meal that includes choice of entrée, two vegetables, bread and beverage, with the presentation of your military ID on Veterans Day. Offer valid from 11a.m. to closing.
Krispy Kreme – On Veterans Day, a free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personnel with no ID required.
Krystal – On Veterans Day, all active and retired military can receive a complimentary sausage biscuit during breakfast hours (6am – 11am).
Lamar's Donuts – Free donut and a 12oz coffee for all veterans and active military on Veterans Day.
– On 11/11, from 11am to 2pm, veterans and active military members can receive a free $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo.
– This Veterans Day, veterans and active duty drop on in for an American Roadhouse Meal on the house. Not valid in CA, NC, SC or Augusta, GA, locations.
Longhorn Steakhouse – LongHorn Steakhouse will offer a free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions) to anyone showing proof of military service. In addition, guests that dine with Veterans on 11/11 will receive 10% off.
Macaroni Grill – This Veterans Day all veterans and active military receive a free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti with military ID.
– Veterans and active duty military members can enjoy a free entree plus a $10 FUNcard from open to 5 pm on 11/11. Offer also includes free shoe rental for veteran and four guests.
– Margaritas is offering two free entrees on 11/11 to veterans and active members of the military.
Max & Erma's – On Veterans Day, participating Max & Erma's locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a free cheeseburger, endless fries and a fountain drink.
Menchie's – On Veterans Day, all Veterans and military personnel with a military ID or dressed in uniform will receive a free six ounce frozen yogurt any time of day.
Mission BBQ – Veterans and active duty will receive a free sandwich and slice of cake (while supplies lasts) on Veterans Day.
Muscle Maker Grill – Free wrap, salad, or entree at participating locations.
Native Grill & Wings – On 11/11, Veterans will receive one free menu item, valued up to $11.99.
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub – On 11/11 from 11am – 4pm, Veterans and active military can receive a free lunch from our 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu with the purchase of any entrée.
O'Charley's – On 11/11, we're giving away a free $9.99er entree to all veterans & active military to show our thanks for their service!
Olive Garden – Their page simply says all veterans and active military members eat free on 11/11. In years past, the free meals were off a special menu, but I don't see any stipulation like that this time around!
On the Border – This Veteran's Day, we are proud to serve those who've served. All day, come in and present your Military ID for any Combo #2 or #3 on us.
Outback Steakhouse – All active, retired military and veterans get a free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. Additionally, November 12 through November 16, military members will receive 20% off their check and, beginning November 17, Military, Fire and Police heroes will receive 10% off their check.
Ponderosa Steakhouses – On 11/11, from 4pm to close, all veterans and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet from participating Ponderosa locations.
Price Chopper Supermarkets – Active duty and veterans enjoy a free coffee & donut on 11/11 from 7am-7pm.
Quaker Steak & Lube – On 11/11, veterans and active military memebers can receive a complimentary or discounted meal of their choice. Show proof of service to your server to receive this offer.
Recovery Sports Grill – All veterans and active duty military are invited to enjoy a free meal on Veterans Day.
Red Lobster – To thank Veterans, active duty military and reservists, Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu on 11/11.
Red Robin – All veterans and active duty military get a free dine-in Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on 11/11.
Rib Crib – Veterans and active military service members can choose a free meal from the Menu of Honor that includes a choice of two meats and two sides.
Rock & Brews – Free pulled pork sandwich for all active duty military, veterans, and first responders.
Ruby Tuesday – All former and active duty service members of the military can enjoy a free appetizer.
Ruby's Diner – All veterans and active duty members of the military are invited to enjoy a free adult entrée on 11/11.
Sagebrush Steakhouse – Complimentary meal from a select menu on from 11am-11pm on 11/11.
Scooter's Coffee – Free small coffee on 11/11.
Shari's Café – Free pancake breakfast for all current and former military on Veterans Day.
Shoney's – Free All You Care To Eat breakfast bar, to all Veterans and Active Duty Military members on Veterans Day from 6am – 11 am.
Sizzler – Veterans and active-duty military personnel with a free lunch and beverage before 4 p.m. on Veterans Day.
Spaghetti Warehouse – BOGO entree from Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12.
– On 11/11, veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a special menu, which includes an entree, sides, and drink.
Tijuana Flats – Free entree for veteran and active military on 11/11.
The Green Turtle – Veterans and active duty military enjoy a free meal, up to $12, on Veterans Day.
Twin Peaks – Vets get a free meal from a special menu on Monday, 11/13.
Village Inn – Free Inn-Credible V.I.B. breakfast on Veterans Day.
White Castle – Veterans and active duty military will receive a free breakfast combo or castle combo meal #1-6.
Wienerschnitzel – On 11/11, get a free Chili Dog with a small fry and a small pepsi to Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers. Bring your military ID or dress in a uniform.
Yard House – Veterans and active duty military will receive a complimentary appetizer on 11/11.
Veterans Day Retail Offers
A.C. Moore – 15% off your total regular and sale price purchase with valid ID every day.
American Family Care – Free flu shots Saturday.
Dollar General – 11% discount in-store and online with promo code VET17 on Saturday, 11/11.
– Free car wash for Veterans on 11/11.
– Veterans and active duty get a free haircut or pick up a free haircut card to use through Dec. 31. Also non-veterans who get a haircut Saturday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
Knott's Berry Farm – Active, Retired and Veteran U.S. Military Personnel may receive free admission to Knott's Berry Farm for themselves and one guest from November 1 – 16 and November 27 – December 15.
Meineke – Free oil change for veterans at participating locations.
Publix – 10% discount for veterans, military personnel and family members on 11/11.
– 10% military discount on Veterans Day as well as every Tuesday.
Sports Clips – Participating locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on 11/11, but please call ahead to make sure your local spot is participating!
Target – 10% discount on in-store and online purchases for veterans, active military, spouses and dependent children.
Toys R Us – 15% off in-store purchases.
Walgreens – 20% off eligible regular-price items for all veterans, military and their families on 11/11 with a Balance Rewards card and proof of military service.
Phew, that was a lot of freebies to find!