Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11. Originally designated Armistice Day, it marked the end of hostilities in World War I. (The 1918 ceasefire with Germany was actually set for 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.)
It was formally renamed Veterans Day to honor the service of all past and current service members — and made a federal holiday — in 1954.
Restaurants and other businesses are offering veterans and active-duty service members free meals, discounts and other deals on Veterans Day. Some include military family members and most require valid military ID or other proof of service.
Below, check out the latest info on businesses saluting veterans and active military personnel on Friday.
Veterans get a free quarter-pound Big Bite hot dog at 7-Eleven when they order through the 7Now app. Available in-store and via delivery.
Ample Hills Creamery
With locations in New York, New Jersey and Southern California, Ample Hills Creamery is giving active and retired service members a free kids scoop of their choice.
All veterans and active-duty military can select a free meal at Applebee’s with proof of service. Options include a bacon cheeseburger, chicken tenders platter, fiesta lime chicken, a six-ounce sirloin, double crunch shrimp, chicken penne or oriental chicken salad.
Maine-based coffee chain Aroma Joe’s is offering a free 24-ounce drink to all veterans.
Au Bon Pain
Participating Au Bon Pain will be offering a free breakfast sandwich and small coffee to all active and retired military members with military ID who mention the offer.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Active-duty military, veterans and spouses can enjoy 25% off any in-store purchase at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Biggby Coffee will be offering free brewed coffee to veterans.
On Veterans Day, all current and past service members can enjoy a complimentary BJ’s Restaurant entrée (value up to $14.95) plus a free Dr Pepper. You must present a military ID or proof of service.
On Veterans Day, participating Black Angus Steakhouses are offering veterans and active-duty service members with ID an all-American steak plate with sides and a soft drink for $10.99.
Black Angus’ ongoing Heroes Discount gives 15% off the total bill to first responders (police, EMT and firefighters), nurses and other health care personnel, teachers and retired and active military members.
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID or proof of service get a free breakfast at participating Bob Evans on Veterans Day. There are ten options on the special menu, including banana-berry oatmeal, brioche french toast and country-fried steak.
On Nov. 11, veterans, service members and first responders get a free order of Bonefish‘s Bang Bang Shrimp and a soft drink.
Veterans get a free medium hot or iced coffee with the purchase of a bagel or breakfast item at Bruegger’s.
Buca di Beppo
Veterans and current service members get a free lunch entrée at Buca di Beppo on November 11 with a valid military ID.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Veterans and active-duty service members with valid ID receive a free dine-in order of 10 boneless wings and fries at Buffalo Wild Wings. This offer is also good for walk-up orders at BWW GO locations.
Veterans and active military with a valid ID receive 20% off their dine-in or carryout orders on Nov. 11 at all corporate-owned BurgerFi locations.
California Pizza Kitchen
On Veterans Day, retired and active-duty military with a valid ID get a free dine-in or takeout meal from California Pizza Kitchen‘s special menu featuring a selection of pizzas, pastas and salads (PDF).
CPK is also offering a buy one, get one free deal good for any return visit between Nov. 12 and 21.
The fast-casual chain also donated 20% of sales from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9 to the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans.
Caribou Coffee is giving veterans, active-duty military and their spouses a free small brewed coffee on Veterans Day.
The chain is also partnering with the American Red Cross and donating 25 cents of every purchase made in-store or through the Caribou Coffee app on Nov. 11 to support veterans and their families.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
All Carrabba’s locations are offering veterans and active-duty military a complimentary appetizer or dessert on Nov. 11 when you dine in.
On Veterans Day, all veterans with a valid military ID get a free three-item combination plate at Chevys Fresh Mex. Choices include pork tamale, chile relleno, chicken flautas and tacos and enchiladas made with salsa chicken, picadillo beef, pork or vegetables.
Chicken Salad Chick
Get a free chicken special and regular drink at one of Chicken Salad Chick‘s 280-plus locations across 19 states.
Veterans and active-duty military personnel get a complimentary meal at Chili’s. Options include chicken bacon ranch quesadillas, boneless wings, soup and salad or the Oldtimer cheeseburger.
Chuck E. Cheese
On Nov. 11, current or retired service members get a free personal one-topping pizza at Chuck E. Cheese with valid military ID or proof of service and the use of promo code #5970.
On Veterans Day, Cicis is offering its buffet for free to active and retired military personnel with valid ID.
Veterans and active-duty military can get a free sandwich, wrap, salad or bowl (value up to $15). Offer valid only on Veterans Day with military ID.
Active military members and veterans get 20% off any order at participating Corner Bakery locations on Veterans Day.
On Veterans Day, veterans receive a free slice of Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake with any purchase. Use code VETSDAY22 at checkout.
Through Nov. 14, Cracker Barrel is offering 25% off military apparel and drinkware, in-store and online. Items include t-shirts, hoodies, mugs and tumblers in all four U.S. Armed Forces branches.
Veterans and active-duty military a free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s, from 5 a.m. until noon on Friday.
At participating Duck Donuts locations, veterans and active-duty service members with ID get a free doughnut of their choice on Veterans Day.
Dunkin’ is giving veterans and active-duty service members a free donut of their choice on Veterans Day, with no ID required.
The offer is good in-store only and not for orders placed through the Dunkin’ Mobile App.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
On Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty military can get a free hot or iced medium coffee at Einstein Bros.
On Nov. 10 and 11, active military personnel and veterans get a free order of Fazoli’s spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce.
Fogo de Chão
Fogo De Chão is a Brazilian steakhouse with more than 50 locations in the US. On Veterans Day, it’s offering veterans and active-duty personnel 50% off their food orders, with up to three guests receiving 10% off, as well.
Food Lion supermarkets are offering active and retired military members 10% off their pretax total. Customers must show their military ID and use their Food Lion MVP card to receive the discount.
Alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, pharmacy items, stamps and other items are excluded.
Friendly’s is offering veterans and active military with a valid ID a free hamburger or cheeseburger with fries and soft drink.
Monday from 5 p.m. to close is Military Appreciation Night at Golden Corral, when veterans and active service members can enjoy a free meal.
The deal includes free tire, brake and battery checks, plus 10% off tires and additional services.
If you can’t get in by Nov. 14, schedule an appointment and come in by Nov. 17 to take advantage of the free service.
Veterans and active-duty military can visit a Great Clips salon on Friday and receive either a free haircut that day or a coupon for a free cut between Saturday and Dec. 9, 2022.
Veterans receive 25% off at Grimaldi’s locations on Veterans Day.
On Friday, veterans with valid military ID or proof of service receive a free entrée from Hooters‘ special Veterans Day menu, which includes a 10-piece order of boneless wings, buffalo chicken sandwich and the Hooters Burger. (Beverages are not included.)
While supplies last, active and retired service members can enjoy a free dine-in or curbside-pickup breakfast at Hy-Vee on Veterans Day, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Military personnel can also enjoy 15% off grocery purchases on Friday.
Enjoy a free meal (value up to $15) at participating Ikea stores from Wednesday through Friday with current military ID.
Veterans and active military can enjoy a free Insomnia Cookie six-pack in-store with any purchase on Veterans Day. (Just show your military ID to redeem).
Participating Johnny Rockets are offering active-duty military members and veterans a free single burger on Veterans Day, with their choice of fries or a milkshake.
Veterans and active military personnel: Get a free donut of your choice and a small hot or iced coffee at Krispy Kreme on Veterans Day.
Former and current military personnel get a free donut and a 12-ounce coffee on Veterans Day.
LaMar’s has 25 locations throughout Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
On Veterans Day — and every day — all Lime Fresh locations offer veterans and active service members 10% off their orders.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, veterans and active-duty military can get a free lunch combo — four slices of deep-dish pizza paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi beverage — at participating Little Caesars.
In addition to a year-round 10% military discount, Lowe’s is encouraging customers to design blue wreaths to show their support for members of the Armed Forces in their community.
Visit Lowes.com/BlueWreathProject to find supplies to build your DIY wreath, then use #BuildThanks on social media to show it off.
Lowe’s will donate $1 for every purchase from the Blue Wreath Project collection to its nonprofit partner, Building Homes for Heroes, up to $50,000.
On Friday, Olive Garden is offering veterans and active-duty service members their choice of a free entree from a special menu that includes cheese ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine Alfredo and chicken parmigiana.
Outback Steakhouse is giving veterans and active military personnel a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola beverage of their choice on Nov. 11.
Active military and veterans can get a free Peet’s Coffee drip coffee or tea on Veterans Day.
On Veterans Day, PJ’s is offering a free 12-ounce hot coffee or cold brew iced coffee for veterans and active-duty military.
Red Mango is offering $2 off any item on Veterans Day.
Qdoba is offering active military and veterans 50% off any entrée item when they show their military ID.
Quaker Steak & Lube
Veterans and active-duty and reservist service members receive a free meal and soft drink (value up to $15) at participating Quaker Steak & Lube locations on Friday.
On Veterans Day, current and former military with ID enjoy a free 30-ounce Big Q soft drink or coffee at QuikTrip.
Red Lobster is offering current and retired service members with valid ID a free Walt’s Favorite Shrimp meal — six fried shrimp served with french fries and coleslaw.
The offer is available for dine-in and to-go orders placed in-restaurant between 11:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday.
Veterans and active-duty service members can enjoy a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with unlimited steak fries at Red Robin.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
On Veterans Day, Macaroni Grill is giving past and current service members with valid ID a free order of mom’s ricotta meatballs and spaghetti.
Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum
Sailor Jerry has launched Sailor Jerry Ironsides BBQ Sauce in time for Veterans Day. Half the profits will go to the veteran-owned business Grill Your Ass Off, while the remaining 50% benefit The Independence Fund, a nonprofit devoted to veterans’ physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Veterans receive a free beverage of any size at Scooter’s Coffee on Veterans Day.
Veterans and active-duty military with valid ID can enjoy a free half ham and cheese or meatball sub and a regular fountain drink at any one of Sheetz‘s 660-plus stores.
You’re also entitled to a free car wash at locations that have them.
Veterans and active-duty service members get a free hamburger or other sandwich on Veterans Day with a valid military ID.
Check the list of participating Smashburger locations here.
Participating Starbucks are offering a free tall iced or hot coffee to veterans, active service members and military spouses on Friday.
From Friday through the end of the month, veterans and active-duty service members with a valid ID get free chips and small drink at Schlotzsky’s with the purchase of a regular entree.
Select Smoothie King locations are offering free 20-ounce smoothies to all active and retired members of the military with a valid military ID.
Choose from any classic blend or try a seasonal pumpkin smoothie or an espresso-infused drink like the Vegan Coffee Mocha Smoothie, Activator Recovery Coffee or the Coffee D-Lite Vanilla.
The first six ounces are free for veterans and active military who visit TCBY on Friday.
On Friday, active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families receive 10% off everything in their basket. Register at Target.com/circle/military to qualify for use in-store or online.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty military personnel receive a free meal at participating Fridays with a valid ID.
Options include a cheeseburger, crispy chicken fingers with fries, six-ounce sirloin steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli and a Caesar salad with grilled chicken.
Tijuana Flats is giving veterans and active military personnel with a valid ID 50% off all entrées on Veterans Day.
The offer is valid for in-store and takeout orders only.
Uno’s Pizzeria and Grill
Current and retired military members get a free entrée or individual pizza at Uno’s with the purchase of another item of equal or greater value.
The Vitamin Shoppe
Through Nov. 13, veterans will receive a 25% discount on their entire in-store purchase at any Vitamin Shoppe location.
Service members, veterans and their families receive 20% off regular-price purchases at Walgreens on Veterans Day with a myWalgreens membership.
Veterans, active-duty service members and military family members get a free Wawa coffee.
From 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Wendy’s is offering a free breakfast combo with valid military ID or a Veterans Advantage card at participating locations.
White Castle will honor veterans and active-duty military members on Veterans Day with a complimentary Combo Meal or Breakfast Combo Meal.
No purchase is necessary, but a military ID is requested.