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Veterans Day 2020 is celebrated on Monday, November 11, 2020. Veterans Day free meals are a traditional way many restaurants honor and thank active duty and military veterans for their service.

Veterans Day celebrates the service and sacrifice of all U.S. military veterans. Whether you are retired, separated, active duty, guard, reserves – this day is for you! Thank you for answering the call of a grateful nation.

Veterans Day 2019 - Free Meals, Deals, and Discounts for Veterans, Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserves from

Many restaurants and companies thank our veterans and actively serving military personnel for their service with a free meal or discounts. This year Veterans Day falls on a Monday, giving many people a three day weekend.

What better way to celebrate America's veterans than with a three day weekend and a free meal?!

This article contains several Veterans Day 2020 freebies and discounts I found including:

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Best Veterans Day Free Meals for Active Duty Military

Many thanks to all the restaurants and companies who choose to offer free meals, discounts, and deals to America's veterans. On behalf of all US military servicemembers, thank you for your tangible support!

Here is a huge list of all the 2020 Veterans Day freebies I found.

Please share with your friends and family so they can enjoy a Monday Veterans Day free meal!

Applebee's Veterans Day Free Meals for Veterans

To honor the heroes in our neighborhood, all active military members and veterans will receive a free meal from any of our participating locations on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Since 2008, we’ve served 9.8 million free meals to our neighborhood military heroes. Now going into our 12th year, we’re keeping that tradition going.

Available on November 11, 2020 at participating Applebee’s® only. Beverages and gratuity not included. U.S. veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Limit 1 meal per person. Dine-in only. Not valid with other coupons or discounts. Menu may vary. – More Info

Applebee's has served nearly 10 million fee meals to vets over the last 12 years. They have one of the longest running free meals for vets program.

Applebee's 2020 Veterans Day menu includes:

  • Classic cheeseburger
  • Chicken tenders plate
  • 6 oz select top sirloin
  • Double crunch shrimp
  • Fiesta lime chicken
  • Oriental chicken salad
  • Three-cheese penne

BJ's Restaurants

Valid for dine in Monday, 11/11/2019 only. Complimentary entree up to $12.95 and Free Dr Pepper beverage. Offer valid for Current and Former Military only, must present Military ID. No cash value. Not valid toward the purchase of alcoholic beverages or gift cards. Dine-in Only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid for Take Out or Delivery. – More info

Bob Evans

Veterans and Active Duty Military, this Veterans' Day your meal is on us. Join us on Monday, November 11, 2019 and we'll treat you to one of six favorites below.

  • Country Biscuit Breakfast
  • Brioche French Toast
  • Mini Sampler
  • Stack of Hotcakes
  • Country Fried Steak Savor Dinner
  • Soup and Salad Combo

More info on Bob Evans Veterans Day deal.

Bone Fish Grill

Free appetizer for military and veterans.

Boston Market

Buy one get one individual meal and drink.

Bruegger's Bagels

Free any size drip coffee for veterans and active military.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Free order of boneless or traditional wings plus a side of fries to vets and current military members. Dine-in only.

California Pizza Kitchen

Choose from a special Veterans Day Menu with pizza, salad, or pasta. Dine in only. Uniform or ID required.


Choose a free meal from the following list. Dine in only and participating locations only. – More Info

  • Chicken Crispers®
  • Margarita Grilled Chicken
  • Bowl of Chili or Soup & Salad
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
  • Just Bacon Burger
  • Oldtimer with Cheese
  • Cajun Chicken Pasta


Buy-one/get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Offer valid for all U.S. military (active-duty, Guard/Reserve, and retired military), military spouses with ID, and veterans. For in-restaurant orders only; offer not valid for online, mobile, fax, or catering orders

Cici's PIzza

Free pizza buffet.

Cracker Barrel

Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola cake or a Crated coffee


All veterans, active, and retired military personnel at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Diners must show ID to receive this offer.


Free donut for vets and active mil.

Famous Dave's

Free 2 meat combo with side and cornbread muffin.

Fogo de Chao

50% all Veterans Day Weekend for veterans and active military.

Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

Visit Freddy's on Veterans Day and receive a free Combo Meal card. No Purchase necessary.

Freedbirds World Burrito

Buy-one-get-one FREE entrees for all veterans and active military with valid I.D. Bring a friend!


Free meal with valid military ID. Dine-in only. Choose from:

  • Big-Two-Do breakfast
  • All American Burger with fries and beverage

Golden Corral

Military Appreciation Night – free meal for anyone who served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves). More info


Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemembers 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.


Free meal from special Veterans Day menu for vets and active.


Free red, white, and blue pancakes on Monday from 7am-7pm for veterans and active military.

Joe’s Crab Shack

20% off on Veterans Day for all veterans.

Kirspy Kreme

Free doughnut and small coffee.


Free breakfast sausage biscuit with military ID from 6 AM to 11AM on Monday.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Free app or dessert.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

A select menu offers veterans a free lunch or diner entree. No ID required for Gold Star Family members.

McGrath Fish House

Free meal from Veterans menu.

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub

Free lunch (from 11am-4pm), choice of 9 options.

Olive Garden

Free entree from a special Vets Day menu with unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks.

On the Border

Free create your own combo meal

Outback Steakhouse

Free Bloomin' Onion and beverage with valid ID.

Pilot Flying J

Free Pilot Coffee and a PJ fresh breakfast sandwich, pasty, or Cinnabon Center of the Roll through the app.

Red Lobster

Free appetizer or dessert from a select Veterans Day menu

Red Robin

Free Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak fries

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and spaghetti for current and former soliders, sailors, airmen, and marines.

Ruby Tuesday’s

Free appetizer up to $10.

Sonny's BBQ

On Nov. 11, veterans and active duty military with valid ID will receive a free Pulled or Sliced Pork Big Deal combo; dine-in only.


Starbucks on Veterans Day is offering a free tall brewed coffee for Veterans, active duty military and Military Spouses.

Also $0.25 of every brewed coffee beverage purchase will go to military non-profits Team Red, White and Blue and Team Rubicon whose programs support Veterans mental and physical well being.

Tap House Grill

Free meal on Veterans day.

Texas de Brazil

Complimentary meal for up to 2 veterans and 20% off for up to 6 guests.

Texas Roadhouse

Free lunch (11am -2 pm) from special Veterans Day menu, includes side and drink, dine-in only.

TGI Friday's

Free item up to $12 for all current military and veterans, ID required, dine-in only.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

Everyday American Soldier special – active duty military can get a free cheeseburger, fries, and drink.

Twin Peaks

Active duty and veterans get a free meal from a select menu on November 11.

Village Inn

Free INN-credible V.I.B. breakfast, choose from 4 items:

  • Cheese omelette
  • Strawberry crepe
  • Hickory-Smoked Bacon
  • French Toast

Yard House

To honor and celebrate those who have served our country, we invite veterans and active duty military to join us for a complimentary appetizer on Veteran's Day.

More info on Yard House Veterans Day deal.

How to Get Veterans Day Free Meals Deals

Before you go, remember four things.

  1. You will need some form of ID. Most companies require some form of military ID before giving you the discount. Usually a military ID card (Common Access Card, or CAC), Retired ID card, VA ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) pay stub, drivers license with veterans designation, DD214, discharge paperwork, veterans organization card (i.e., American Legion, VFW), photograph of yourself in uniform, a citation or commendation, or going in uniform while be sufficient.
  2. Not all locations participate. While the overall franchise or corporation may offer a Veterans Day free meal or discount, a specific location may not participate. It never hurts to call ahead and ask before you're seated so you are not surprised when the check comes.
  3. Leave a nice tip! Tipping is the worst and tipping culture is sexist, racist, and classist, but that's an argument for another day. Until I complete my life long goal to get rid of tipping in the US, it's important to tip based on what the meal would have cost you before the discount.Don't stiff your waitress or waiter, they're still working just as hard whether your meal cost $100 or $0. Thank them with a nice tip!
  4. This isn't a right or a privilege, but a gesture of thanks. Yes, we're all thankful for your service. If a corporation or restaurant chooses not to participate in the Veterans Day discounts or doesn't have the item you wanted available, don't throw a hissy fit. Please act like an adult.Be gracious and thankful that some organizations and companies are giving you a discount and celebrating your service on Veterans Day.

Please don't abuse this great benefit of military service that private organizations, companies, and business owners choose to give to us.

If you act entitled to perks like this, people will soon sour on giving them away. Be grateful, kind, and generous when you tip!

Veterans Day 2020 Freebies

Besides free meals on Veterans Day 2020 for military servicemembers and retirees, you can also get many other Veterans Day freebies. These free military perks include:

  • Free admission for military to many museums and attractions
  • Military discount tickets to World of Coca Cola in Atlanta
  • Military discount hotel rooms at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and other Caesar's properties around the US
  • National Parks pass military discounts (no fee annual pass)

See below for details on all of these Veterans Day 2019 freebies.

Veterans Day Free Attractions and Museums

Free admission to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.NOVEMBER 9 – 11, 2019 9:30AM – 4:00PM All veterans and active-duty military get free admission, and their families get half-off general admission at the front gate. To get the discount, bring your active military/veteran identification card, discharge papers, DD214s, or any other proof of honorable US military service.Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors veterans and military personnel. These individuals are invited to enjoy the Aquarium with free admission in honor of Veterans Day from November 9-15.

The Aquarium is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE for active military and veterans when ID is shown at the ticket window. Friends and family will need to buy tickets at your local MWR/ITT office or receive $3 off adult and $1.50 off child admissions by showing a Military ID card at our ticket window.

From November 1 – 30: Veterans, Retirees, and Active Duty receive $20 admission with military ID and $8 off adult and $5 off child admissions for up to 4 guests. Show your military ID at the ticket windows to receive discount.

Birmingham Zoo:

In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive FREE admission to the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, November 9 until Monday, November 11. Guests can take a ride on the Red Diamond Express train*, spin on the Protective Life carousel*, experience the Predator Zone Lion Training and so much more. Bring your proof of military service (military ID card, dependent ID card, or driver’s license with veteran’s designation) to take part in all the fun the Zoo has to offer.

Mount Vernon near Washington, DC. The first President's home is offering free admission to military personnel on Veterans Day.

November 11, 2019 — 9:00am – 4:00pm FREE admission to Mount Vernon for all active duty, former, or retired military personnel.

Veterans Day Free Haircuts for Vets and Active Duty

Both Great Clips and SportsClips are offering free haircuts for military veterans and active duty servicemembers.

Great Clips Free Veterans Day Haircut 2019


Visit a U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 receive either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date.


Purchase a service at a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran you know.

Haircut Cards are redeemable until December 31, 2019.

At participating U.S. salons, while supplies last.

SportsClips Veterans Day Free Haircut 2019

Be sure to drop in on Monday, November 11, Veterans Day, when participating locations will donate $1 from every haircut service as well as provide free haircuts for veterans. To find a Sport Clips store near you that is offering free veteran haircuts on Veterans Day, visit this page and search by zip code.

World of Coca Cola Veterans Day 2019 Deal: Family and Friends

The World of Coca Cola in Atlanta, Georgia offers military servicemembers (active duty, reserves, and retirees) free entry to the World of Coca Cola year round. Normally this offer only applies to the servicemember, not their family or friends.

As a Veterans Day special deal, from Nov 1 – Nov 11, 2019, military servicemembers can purchase up to 4 half price tickets for their family and friends in addition to their own free ticket. Here are the full details:

To show World of Coca-Cola’s gratitude to the men and women who serve our country, the attraction is extending a special offer to their loved ones as well. From Friday, Nov. 1, to Monday, Nov. 11, members of the Armed Forces may purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family to join them in visiting the attraction. Tickets may be purchased with a valid Armed Forces ID card at the attraction’s ticketing windows.

Which restaurants give free meals on Veterans Day?

Some of the restaurants that give veterans free meals on Veterans Day 2020 include: Applebee's, Chili's, Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Friday's, Longhorn Steakhouse, and many others.

A full list of the restaurants that give veterans free meals on Veterans Day 2020 include

  • Applebee's
  • BJ's Restaurants
  • Bob Evans
  • Bone Fish Grill
  • Boston Market
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle
  • Cici's Pizza
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Denny's
  • Dunkin'
  • Famous Dave's
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers
  • Freedbirds World Burrito
  • Friendly's
  • Golden Corral
  • Hooters
  • Houlihan’s
  • IHOP
  • Joe’s Crab Shack
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Krystal
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants
  • McGrath Fish House
  • Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub
  • Olive Garden
  • On the Border
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Pilot Flying J
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Robin
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • Ruby Tuesday’s
  • Sonny's BBQ
  • Starbucks
  • Tap House Grill
  • Texas de Brazil
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • TGI Friday's
  • Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill
  • Twin Peaks
  • Village Inn
  • Yard House

Veterans Day meals started as a tradition shortly after September 11, 2001 as a way to directly support, honor, and say “thanks” to America's military veterans.

Now, every November many companies and resturant offer freebies to active duty military and veterans. Free food for active duty, veterans, and military retirees is an easy way restaurants can give back to the military community. Enjoying a free meal on November 11th was a nice treat when I was a young lieutenant not making very much money.

Companies other than restaurants often offer a special early November military discount or freebies around November 11th. Veterans Day falls just a few weeks before Black Friday and only 6 weeks before Christmas. Companies are getting ready for the end of year sales.

Caesars Palace 40% Off Veterans Day Discount

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is offering a military discount of 10% off at Caesars Palace. Learn more about this great military discount here.

Eligible categories for the Caesars Palace military discount are active duty military, veterans, and military spouses.

You can get a military discounts on Veterans Day at Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas at the following locations:

  • Bally's Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Harrah's Las Vegas
  • NOBU Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • The Cromwell, Las Vegas
  • The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Other Caesars Entertainment resorts with the military discount include:

  • Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Stateline
  • Harrah's Laughlin
  • Harrah's Reno
  • Harveys Lake Tahoe
  • Bally's Atlantic City
  • Caesars Atlantic City
  • Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee
  • Harrah's Cherokee Valley River, Murphy
  • Harrah's Ak-Chin, Maricopa
  • Harrah's Resort Southern California, Funner
  • Harrah's Joliet
  • Harrah's Metropolis
  • Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Elizabeth
  • Harrah's Council Bluffs
  • Harrah's New Orleans
  • Horseshoe Bossier City
  • Harrah's Gulf Coast, Biloxi
  • Horseshoe Tunica, Robinsonville
  • Tunica Roadhouse, Tunica Resorts
  • Harrah's North Kansas City

Go here to book this great Veterans Day military discount!

National Parks Service (NPS) Free Annual Military Pass

Grand Tetons National Park

When is the last time you went to America's greatest natural asset? The US National Parks are some of the greatest natural beauty and wonder available and you don't even need to fly to get to most of them.

Active duty, Guard, and Reserve US military personnel are entitled a free annual pass. You can pick up your pass wherever you pay entrance fees to a National Park. We've had a free pass for the past four years. Dependents can also use the pass without the military servicemember present, which is handy when the SM is deployed.

This deal is available year round and not just on Veterans Day, so take advantage of America the Beautiful and visit the National Parks for free. The National Park System is amazing and deserves a visit. Spend your three day weekend visiting a National Park!

1 thought on “Veterans Day Free Meals, Deals, and Discounts 2020 | Freebies for Active Duty Military, Vets, Guard, Reserves, and Family”

  1. As A Vet, I think it a wonderful and generous accommodation to honor our men and women who have and are serving. Thank you so much!


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