While veterans deserve to be celebrated every day of the year, November 11th is a time to make them feel especially appreciated! Many restaurants, stores, and businesses around the United States go all out with discounts and deals for veterans and their families.
We’ve rounded up the top 25 Veterans Day discounts, food, and freebies we expect to see in 2020. Check out the list and share it with the veterans in your life! Also, remember to bring a Military/Veteran ID, DD-214, or other proof of service to claim these awesome deals.
Planning a getaway on Veterans Day weekend? Military personnel (and family members) can stop by a 7-Eleven for a free coffee or Big Gulp® on November 11 with a Veterans Advantage account. The program offers other great deals, so make sure to check it out.
2. U.S. National Park Service
Our nation’s best can enjoy nature’s best this Veterans Day! On November 11, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at all National Park Service sites that typically charge visitors. Need more than one day for your outdoor adventure? Active military members, seniors, and disabled citizens can get a discounted park pass to use year-round.
3. Bob Evans
Bob Evans is saluting all who have served with a special seven-item menu on November 11. Veterans and active-duty military members can select from these homestyle favorites for a free meal at their nearest location.
4. Great Clips
If you’re in need of a haircut, there’s a good chance that Great Clips will be showing appreciation to our military heroes on Veterans Day for an 8th consecutive year. The haircut chain has become known for offering free haircuts to veterans and active service members on November 11. For those who haven’t served in the military, a haircut on Veterans Day will earn you a card to give to a military member that they can redeem for a free haircut at a later date. Check with your local Great Clips to confirm they’re participating this year.
5. AMC Theaters
AMC offers a military discount every day, but Veterans Day has proved to be a special day to see a film in previous years. The cinema giant gave military movie-goers a free large popcorn with their tickets in 2019, so make sure to keep an eye on what they’re offering this November.
6. Lowe’s Home Improvement
Veterans Day is a day to fly the American flag proudly at full-staff in honor of those who served and currently serve. Get to your nearest Lowe’s early on November 11th! In past years, Lowe’s has rewarded its first customers of the day with a free flag (with purchase). Lowe’s also offers 10% off to all veterans and active-duty service members every day by signing up for a MyLowes member card. As of November 2018, Lowe’s discount had saved military families over $1 billion, reports mdm.
7. Academy Sports & Outdoors
Get 10% off at participating Academy Sports & Outdoors locations. All active-duty and reserve military members and retired or discharged veterans (includes honorable, under honorable condition, or general), and immediate family members are eligible. Call your neighborhood Academy Sports & Outdoors to confirm if the store is participating.
For the past three years, military families have been able to shop at Target, in-store or online, with a 10% military discount in honor of Veterans Day! We expect something similar in 2020, meaning you should be able to stock up on American-made favorites like Crayola Crayons, KitchenAid mixers, and Gillette Razor Blades. Find a Target near you and get ready for Veterans Day savings!
We know that Goodwill loves to give back, and Veterans Day is no exception. In previous years, Goodwill stores around the country have offered various discounts to veterans and active-duty members of the military. Contact Goodwill to check if your local store is participating in 2020.
10. Bed Bath & Beyond
Veterans, active duty, reservists, and National Guard members typically receive 25% off at Bed Bath & Beyond for Veterans Day. Military spouses may also be eligible for this discount. Call your local Bed Bath & Beyond to double-check deal availability and requirements.
11. Home Depot
All military veterans usually receive a 10% discount at Home Depot on Veterans Day. Stop by your local Home Depot and ask about this discount on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day, too!
12. Dunkin’ Donuts
Whether you love traditional glazed donuts or have a jelly-filled favorite, Dunkin’ Donuts has been offering a free donut to all active military members and veterans on November 11 for several years. So find a participating location and stop by to satisfy your sweet tooth!
13. Krispy Kreme
Much like its doughnut rival above, Krispy Kreme has been honoring our military members on November 11 for many years. Typically, participating locations offer a free small coffee and free doughnut to anyone in uniform or with a valid ID.
Denny’s diners typically treat all veterans, active duty, and retired military personnel to a “Build Your Own Grand Slam” plate on the house from 5 a.m. to noon on Veterans Day (or a day around it). Diners must show military ID to receive this offer at their local Denny’s.
All veterans and active-duty military personnel can usually count on free pancakes at IHOP from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Veterans Day. Call an IHOP near you for more info!
16. Chili’s Bar & Grill
Chili’s looks to honor veterans and active-duty military personnel every day, but on Veterans Day in previous years, they’ve stepped up to provide free meals. In 2020, we expect to see something similar where those who have selflessly served get to choose a complimentary meal from a select menu. Contact a Chili’s in your area to double-check that they’ll have this deal!
17. BJ’s Restaurant
BJ’s Restaurant usually offers all service members a complimentary entrée (up to a certain price) and a free drink (limited items) by presenting a military ID or proof of service. Contact your local BJ’s for more info.
18. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Last year, Cracker Barrel gave veterans a choice between a complimentary dessert or signature beverage at their store. They also offered discounts on military-themed rocking chairs and other merchandise. Something similar will likely be offered in 2020, so make sure to check with your local Cracker Barrel for more information.
19. Ruby Tuesday
In 2018, Ruby Tuesday celebrated Veterans Day by providing military personnel with free appetizers. In 2019, the popular chain raised the bar by offering a free burger or sandwich with a side of fries or tots. Call your nearest Ruby Tuesday restaurant to see what’s cooking for 2020!
20. Old Country Buffet
Old Country Buffet offers a 15% daily military discount to all active duty, reserve, or retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID, VA card, or other proof of service. On Veterans Day in previous years, the chain has offered free meals with the purchase of a drink.
21. California Pizza Kitchen
Much like last year, we expect to see a special Veterans Day menu that includes pizza, salads, and pasta at all CPK restaurants. If the past is any indication, veterans and active-duty military personnel who come in uniform or bring a military ID or other proof of service could get a free entree from the menu at their local CPK.
For the past several years, Chipotle has allowed active-duty, reserves, and retired military (as well as National Guard members) to bring a friend to their neighborhood Chipotle for buy-one-get-one-free burritos, salads, bowls, or tacos! We think this tradition will continue in 2020.
23. Applebee’s Grill & Bar
For 12 straight years, Applebee’s has honored military members (both past and present) with free meal options on Veterans Day. There’s no place like the neighborhood, so go ahead, find an Applebee’s near you!
24. Texas Roadhouse
Typically, Texas Roadhouse offers a special lunch menu for Veterans Day. Additionally, with proof of service — retired, active, and reserve military members may be eligible for a free entree, side, and beverage at some Texas Roadhouse locations.
25. Perry’s Steakhouse
While they haven’t confirmed 2020 plans just yet, if the past few years are any indication, Perry’s Steakhouse is a place to visit on Veterans Day. Historically, active military members and veterans have enjoyed a complimentary 3-course pork chop dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse on Veterans Day when accompanied by someone else who purchases an entrée. So keep an eye out, and be ready to make a reservation and present proper military ID.
Celebrate Veterans Day 2020!
How will you be honoring Veterans Day 2020 in your hometown? Let us know in a comment below. Don’t forget to celebrate the many men and women who are currently serving this great nation, too! At Direct Auto Insurance, we offer a military discount of up to 25% for active service members.* It’s one of the many small things we do to provide our best to this nation’s best.
*Discounts may only apply to certain coverages and are subject to terms and conditions and may not be available in all states or distribution channels. Price may vary depending on how you buy.