On Friday, Nov. 11, the country will mark Veterans Day -- a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
Many restaurants and businesses will honor veterans with free meals, car washes, hair cuts and other deals. The following deals have been personally verified for 2016. Note, some deals are for Friday, others are for different days. If you see an offer I have missed, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One important note: Before you go, please call the location you're planning to visit to make sure they are participating in the free offer so you're not disappointed.
And if you're a veteran -- thank you for your service!
Chili's is offering all US veterans and active duty personnel a free meal from a special menu all day on 11/11.
Texas Roadhouse invites veterans and active members of U.S. military to enjoy free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 11. There will be a special menu available and the free lunch includes a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee during lunch. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers.
Olive Garden restaurants will offer a free entrée from a special menu to active-duty military and military veterans on Veterans Day. The special menu features six of Olive Garden’s most popular items.
Applebee's is offering veterans and active duty military a free meal on November 11.
Little Caesars is giving veterans and active duty military members one free HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo all day on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) at participating Colorado locations. No ID required. Combo includes four slices of Detroit-style deep dish pizza with pepperoni and one Pepsi-Cola 20oz. product. No ID needed.
Red Robin will give active duty military and veterans a free Red's Tavern Double Burger and fries on November 11. Proof of service required.
On The Border is offering veterans and active military service men and women a free Create Your Own Combo with a Choose 2 or Choose 3 selection. Free meals will be served from open to close with valid military ID or proof of military service. Good for dine-in only.
Hooters is offering veterans and active-duty military personnel an entrée on the house by presenting a valid military ID at any Hooters location across the nation. The Hooters Veterans Day Menu includes wings, a burger, a Buffalo chicken salad or Buffalo chicken sandwich.
California Pizza Kitchen is offering all veterans and active duty military a free entree from a limited menu on November 11. Dine-in only. Must be in uniform, show military ID or show other proof of service.
The Original Pancake House's Cherry Hills and Denver Tech Center locations will offer free breakfast and drinks to any active duty or retired military on November 11. Must present a valid military ID.
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk will honor veterans and active duty military personnel by offering complimentary lunch or dinner at its Centennial Buffet 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Veteran’s Day. A veteran’s card or valid military ID should be presented to the buffet cashier to qualify for the complimentary meal; one per person. Complimentary meal valid for veterans or active duty military personnel only; companion meals at full price. Ameristar will continue to offer complimentary meals to veterans on the first Wednesday of every month as part of its popular Hometown Heroes promotion.
Buffalo Wild Wings is providing a complimentary, small order of wings and a side of fries to veterans and active duty military all day on Friday, November 11. Dine-in only. Taxes not included. Proof of military service required.
Denny's is inviting active, inactive and retired military personnel to stop by for a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon, on Veterans Day. Thanks to Jillian for this tip.
Bout Time Pub & Grub in Arvada is inviting all veterans and active duty service men and women to one free meal. Simply show proof of service.
Golden Corral is offering a free dinner to any person who has served in the military on MONDAY, November 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dine-in only.
Old Country Buffet is offering veterans and active duty military a free buffet and drink on November 11.
Gunther Toody's Diner is having a breakfast for vets on November 11. From 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. veterans get a free Big Bopper Breakfast. Offer valid with active or retired military ID. Thanks to Tara for this tip.
Hideaway Steakhouse is offering veterans a free lunch on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanks to Beth for this tip.
TGI Fridays is hosting a free lunch (up to $12) for veterans and active duty military on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Military ID required.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit is giving veterans and active military free meal which includes a sandwich, side and a Big Yellow Cup, up to a $12 total value, on November 11. Anyone in the party that dines with a veteran gets a free Big Yellow Cup with purchase this Veterans Day. Thanks to Derek and Jennifer for this tip.
BJ's Restaurant is giving veterans and active duty military a free entree (up to $12.95) on Nov. 11.
Bar Louie is offering veterans and active duty military a free app or entree on Nov. 11 with proof of military service.
Hurricane Grill & Wings is offering veterans and active military a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 11. Thanks to Steve & Lisa for this tip.
Rush Bowls- Denver Highlands is offering veterans and active duty military any menu item for free on Nov. 11 with military ID. Thanks to Marybeth for this tip.
Wayback Burgers is inviting any military veterans and active-duty service members to enjoy a free Wayback Classic Cheeseburger with the purchase of any side and drink. See store for details. Participating locations only. Thanks to Jillian for this tip.
McCormick's and Schmick's is offering Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) and veterans a complimentary meal on Sunday, November 6 from a limited menu
OTHER FOOD DEALS
Outback Steakhouse is again honoring all active and retired military members with a free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage to those showing a valid military ID at participating restaurants on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering all Military Mates, including active or retired military members and their families, 15% off their check from Nov. 12 - Dec. 31.
Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on November 10 and 11.
Carrabba's is offering veterans and active duty military a free appetizer Nov. 7-13 with proof of service. You'll need to mention this offer to redeem it.
IHOP is offering free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes to all veterans and active duty military from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Veterans Day at participating IHOP Restaurants. Select IHOP restaurants will also offer a combo of two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links as part of the Red, White & Blue Pancake promotion. Veterans and Active Duty Military simply show proof of military service to receive their free Red, White & Blue Pancakes. Proof includes: US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc.), photograph of self in US military uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.
Ruby Tuesday is giving a free appetizer to veterans, active duty and reserve service members with valid military ID at participating locations on Veterans Day.
Bonefish Grill is giving all active and retired service members with a valid military ID a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp at all Bonefish Grill locations on Veterans Day.
LongHorn Steakhouse will offer a free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions) to anyone showing proof of military service on November 11. In addition, LongHorn Steakhouse will offer 10 percent off for guests that dine with veterans on Veterans Day.
Rodizio Grill is offering a free full Rodizio meal free to veterans November 7-11, 2016 WITH the purchase of another adult full Rodizio meal. Proof of service or military ID required.
Texas de Brazil is offering veterans and active duty military (plus one guest) 50 percent off the regular dinner price Nov. 7- 11. Additional guests are 20% off. Must present military ID.
Mimi's Cafe is offering veterans and active duty military a free entrée from a special all-day ‘Veterans Day’ menu on November 11 with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage. On Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, veterans and active duty military will also receive their choice of breakfast, lunch or dinner entrees on the ‘Veterans Day’ menu for a special price of only $5.99 with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse is offering all military veterans and active duty personnel with valid military ID 50% off their meal on Veteran’s Day. Up to three additional guests will receive 10% off their meals, as well. Beverages, dessert, tax and gratuity not included.
Chipotleis offering all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, retired military with a valid U.S. military ID and veterans with ID, a buy one entree get one free special from 3 p.m. to close on Veteran’s Day.
Boston Market is offering all active duty or retired military personnel and their families one free brownie or cookie with any purchase on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). No ID required.
Boston Market also has a coupon for Nov. 11 for a buy one meal (and a drink) and get one meal free.
Panera Bread is offering all active and retired military personnel a free coffee and bagel with cream cheese on Friday, November 11 in Colorado. Just show military ID to receive the offer. Thanks to Dani for this tip.
Starbucks hasn't officially released its Veterans Day deal, but Starbucks is offering a buy one holiday drink and get one free special from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 to 14.
Big Choice Brewing, a craft beer brewery in Broomfield, is offering all veterans a free pint on Nov. 11. The owner, Nathaniel Miller, served in the U.S. Army from 1992-2000 and is inviting all veterans to stop by on Veterans day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thanks to Megan for this tip.
Krispy Kremeis offering a free doughnut (any variety) and a small coffee to all veterans at participating Krispy Kreme locations. No purchase necessary. 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). *Note, this deal is NOT valid at the Denver location but should be valid in Thornton and Lone Tree.
LaMar's is offering veterans and active duty military a free donut and 12 oz. coffee on November 11.
Joe's Crab Shack is offering all veterans a free appetizer on November 11. Must have valid military ID.
Quaker Steak & Lube is giving veterans and active duty military a free meal from a limited menu on November 11. Soft drink or tea included. Must present military ID.
Kneaders Bakerys and Cafeis providing veterans, active military and first responders a free order of Chunky Cinnamon French Toast when another entrée on Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thanks to Kelly for this tip.
Lowe's always has a 10 percent discount for active duty military, but they extend that discount to veterans on Veterans Day, Memorial Day & 4th of July. Learn more here (scroll down to military discount).
Amanda's Bridal is giving away select dresses to military brides from Nov. 9-11.
Brides Across America gives wedding dresses to military brides who have been deployed (or their fiancé) within the past 5 years or have an upcoming deployment to certain locations. Learn more here.
Colorado Parks and Wildlifeis offering free admission to all veterans and active duty members of the military, military reserve and National Guard to any Colorado state park on Nov. 11.
The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees for everyone on November 11. Active duty military members and their dependents can pick up a free military annual pass at any national park that usually charges a fee. A free lifetime pass is also available to disabled veterans. Read more about the passes here.
Metro Express Car Wash (Santa Fe Drive and Oxford in Sheridan) will give veterans and current military service personnel a free car wash on November 11 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Waterway Carwash is giving veterans and active duty military a free express plus car wash, a free fountain soda and 10 cents off every gallon of gas on November 11. No ID necc.
Great Clips is offering veterans a free hair cut on November 11. Don't need a cut right now? Stop by on November 11 for a free haircut card to use later.
Empire Beauty Schools is offering veterans and current armed forces personnel free haircuts at all Empire student salons on November 11. Military ID required. Thanks to Angela for this tip.
Denver Dumb Friends League is waiving the adoption fees for all pets for military members on November 11. While the fees are waived, your pet still gets sprayed or neutered, vaccinations, microchip and an office visit with a vet for free. Thanks to Jenny for this tip.
Eyeglass World is offering veterans 15 percent off purchases made in-store Nov. 11 to 13. Military ID required. Thanks to Kourtney for this tip.
Red Roof Inn is offering veterans 15% off at any Red Roof nationwide throughout November! To book, guests can call 1.800.RED.ROOF (1.800.733.7663) or they can visit redroof.com and use the VP+ number 618669
Snow Mountain Ranch and the YMCA Estes Park Center are offering a military getaway package. For $164, plus tax, active duty and reservists get 2 nights in any lodge room for up to 4 people. Learn more here. Thanks to Johanna for this tip.
Westgate Resorts is giving away 1,000 free vacations to current, active duty military personnel who have served in combat and their families on Veteran’s Day. The 3-day, 2-night vacation must be taken May 5-7, 2017 at Westgate Town Center in Central Florida. Learn more and eligible candidates can register at www.WestgateSalutes.com starting at 9 a.m. EST on Nov. 11. In addition to the 1,000 complimentary vacations, Westgate Resorts will offer a special 25 percent savings on Veteran’s Day for rooms across their entire portfolio of 28 properties for all U.S. military veterans.
Suburban Propane is offering discounts to exiting customers and new customers who are veterans or are currently active in the military. Thanks to Meghan for this tip.
Gordmans is offering all active duty, reserves, guard, retirees and veterans a $10 Gordmans Savings Card with any in-store purchase on Veterans Day. In addition, they will receive 15% off their entire purchase. This 15% discount is on top of Gordmans’ everyday discounts. Those who wish to receive the Savings Card and discount are invited to show their military ID or to shop in uniform.
JCPenney is offering a five percent discount from Nov. 10-13 to current and former military personnel and their immediate family members with valid military or VA identification provided in-store.
Colorado Cardiac CPR is offering free BLS, Heartsaver CPR or First Aid classes to all past and present military servicemen and women on Veterans Day. Thanks to Heather for this tip.
UFC GYM is offering active duty and veteran military personnel as well as their families VIP status from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13. During this celebratory weekend, VIP attendees will receive total gym access, including a special ‘Bootcamp’ themed Daily Ultimate Training® (DUT®) class on Saturday, November 12. The 50-minute class is designed to challenge participants of all fitness levels and will include a variation of exercises often used in military training. For this specific class, all sessions will also be offered using body-weight based exercises, making it easy to execute in any setting. Due to limited spacing, attendees are encouraged to contact their local club for more information and class times. Thanks to Tom for this tip.
Brunswick Bowling is giving veterans two free games and free shoe rental to all veterans with military ID.
Sword & Plough is offering all U.S. active duty military personnel, National Guard members, Reservists, veterans and Gold Star Spouses a 20% discount. Thanks to Arianna for this tip.
Be Bold Skincare is offering a $100 gift card for $45 to all active military, veterans and spouses. Thanks to Anne for this tip!