Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts

Free Meals, Haircuts, Car Washes, and More on Veterans Day

Businesses love to honor veterans and military members on Veterans Day each year, and this year the list is even bigger than ever.

Veterans Day freebies for 2016 include free meals, haircuts, car washes, oil changes, a free night at a bed and breakfast, free entrance to national parks, and free admission to many museums, theme parks, and zoos.

At the bottom of the list are some Veterans Day discounts to popular stores like Walgreens, Lowe's, and Dollar General.

For more on what Veterans Day freebies are available, visit this huge list of free meals on Veterans Day, and this FAQ on how veterans can get these freebies.

Free Food at Thousands of Restaurants Around the Country

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The most popular Veterans Day freebie around the country is restaurants giving out free meals on Veterans Day to honor their service with some free food.

This list has all your favorite restaurants on it, including Applebee's, Red Lobster, Golden Corral, and thousands more. More

Free Haircuts at Great Clips (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Veterans and active, inactive, or retired military members can stop into Great Clips for a free haircut on Veterans Day, November 11. If they don't want a haircut that day, they can get a haircut card that they can redeem before the end of the year.

Anyone else can stop in to get their haircut on November 11 and receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran, which is redeemable from November 12 until the rest of the year. More

Free Car Washes for Veterans (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Grace for Vets is a non-profit organization who has gotten together several hundred independent car washes operates to offer veterans a free car wash on November 11, 2016.

Here's a list of participating car washes. More

Free Night Lodging at B&B's Around the Country

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Vets and active military can stay the night at participating B&B's for free around the country. Some locations offer one night and others may provide more.

It's common for the free stay to be offered the night before Veterans Day, on Thursday, November 10, 2016. However, some locations are different — this is noted in the link above.

Proof of service is required to take part in this offer.

There are also Canadian B&Bs participating this year. More

Free Oil Changes at Meineke Car Care Centers (November 11, 2016)

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Active and retired members of the military can present their valid military ID at a participating Meineke location on November 11, 2016 for a free basic oil change.

Visit the link above to see if your local Meineke is having this Veterans Day deal. More

Free Veterans Day Haircuts at Sports Clips (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Veterans and active duty U.S. service members with proof of service can stop in on Friday, November 11, to get a free haircut at any participating Sports Clips.

Sports Clips is also donating $1 from every haircut service to the Help A Hero Scholarship Program. You can read more about it here. More

Free Entrance Into National Parks (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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This freebie is in honor of Veterans Day but everyone can take part in it.

Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2016 in honor of Veterans Day. More

Free Admission to Harley-Davidson Museum (November 11-13, 2016)

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From November 11 through 13 (Friday-Sunday), between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to all active military, veterans, and their families.

A valid ID is required for entrance, which permits an additional adult and up to four children under 18 years of age. More

Free SeaWorld Admission (Now Through December 31, 2016)

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Military veterans and active duty military get into SeaWorld in San Diego, CA, for free through the rest of 2016. Up to three additional free admissions are available for the veteran's guests.

This offer is valid only for visitors that have proof of military service. However, you can't get admission at the gate — you have to do it through the link above. More

Free Admission Into Knott's Berry Farm (Nov. 1-18 & Nov. 28-Dec. 16)

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Active, retired, and veteran military members and one guest get free admission Knott's Berry Farm from November 1 through November 18 as well as November 28 through December 16.

Six additional discounted tickets can be purchased for other guests. If you're visiting November 1-18, they are $27 each, but the price increases to $32 for a November 28 to December 16 visit.

Your Military I.D. card or DD 214 is required at a Knott's Berry Farm ticket booth in order to get this offer. More

Aquarium of the Pacific Free Admission (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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This year, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors Veterans Day by giving free admission to veterans and military personnel.

This event takes place from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Veterans Day only, which this year is Friday, November 11.

Aquarium of the Pacific is in Long Beach, CA. More

Free Golf at Foster Park Golf Course (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Veterans and active military who show military ID can play golf for free on Veterans Day (starting at 8:00 AM) at Foster Park Golf Course in Fort Wayne, IN

Tee times can be made in advance at 260-427-6735.

Electric carts are not included in this free offer, and an ID is required. More

Free Bridal Gowns at Koda Bridal (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Koda Bridal in Mt. Lebanon, PA will be giving away plus-size bridal gowns to military brides on November 11, 2016.

You have to register with Koda Bridal before you can get the free gown, as well as make an appointment to find the gown. More

Free Admission to Mount Vernon (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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This year on Veterans Day, November 11, all active duty, former, and retired military personnel get free entrance to Mount Vernon from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM.

The full address is 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 More

Free Queen Mary Admission (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Active and retired military personnel can get free admission to explore The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA on Veterans Day, November 11.

Family members can get 30% off their Queen Mary Passports.

Valid military ID or other proof of service is required. More

Free Admission to Newsmeum (November 11 - November 13)

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In honor of Veterans Day, Newseum in Washington, DC, is offering free admission to active duty and retired military members, plus a single guest.

Free admission is valid on Veterans Day, November 11th, and will continue through to Sunday the 13th.

Eligible visitors are those that can show a military ID, wear their uniform, or provide some other form of proof of service. More

Free Admission to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (November 11)

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In honor of Veterans Day, active military personnel, veterans, and their immediate families can get free admission to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Friday, November 11, 2016.

See the Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Contact Us page for directions and contact information. More

Free Health and Dental Care by PanCare of Florida (November 4, 14 & 18)

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Created by PanCare of Florida, Stand Up for Veterans Day provides free health and dental care to veterans.

This year, this offer is valid on Friday, November 4, in Panama City as well as on Monday, November 14, in Blountstown, Bonifay, Bristol, Chipley, and Port St. Joe. The Freeport location is offering a free dental appointment on November 18.

You have to make an appointment before in order to take advantage of this offer. To do this, you can use the form through the link above or by calling the clinic — the numbers are available through that link too.

Also required is your DD214. However, another form of proof of service might be accepted too; just call ahead of time to ask what you need to bring.

Free Admission to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (November 11-13, 2016)

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On November 11, 12, and 13 (between 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM), anyone currently serving in the military or who has served in the past, get free admission to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, WA.

Immediately members of their families can get half-off their admission.

Note: This offer is also available for their sister zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. However, be sure to check that link for specifics. More

Free Roger Williams Park Zoo Admission (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Free admission is given to veterans and armed forces members on November 11. Plus, you can get half-off admission for up to three additional guests.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is located in Providence, RI. More

Free Sedgwick County Zoo Admission (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Another zoo offering free admission on November 11 to active military and veterans (plus their immediate families) is Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, KS.

You can take advantage of this offer on Friday, November 11 only, between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Proof of military service is required, which means you can bring a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers, or other official military identification. If you're a family member, you have to show an active duty ID. More

Free Sunset Zoo Admission (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS is giving everyone free admission on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

The hours are 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. More

Free Haircuts at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (Friday, November 11)

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Free haircuts can be had at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture on Veterans Day, November 11. This is for veterans and active military.

This offer is valid at all 14 campuses, which are located in Illinois and Indiana.

Walk-ins are acceptable but you can make an appointment if you like. More

Free Admission to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

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Members of the Armed Forces (active duty, reserves, and veterans) get free admission all year to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta when they show their valid Armed Forces ID card.

See their Directions and Parking page for directions.

Also, from Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 13, 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. More

Free GRTC Bus Rides (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Any veteran that can show proof of military service can ride for free on any GRTC route all day on Veterans Day, November 11.

Follow that link above for all the different types of proof of military service that bus operators will accept. Some include an active/reserve/retired military ID card, VA ID card, and DD214. More

Free Admission to World of Little League Museum

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Veterans, active duty military members, National Guard, and reserve personnel get free admission to World of Little League Museum all year long. Plus, they can bring up to five guests.

However, in the month of November, the World of Little League Museum is also giving out free LLB World Series pins to veterans.

World of Little League Museum is in South Williamsport, PA. More

Free Dental Work at The John Fornetti Center (Saturday, November 5, 2016)

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Veterans can get a free extraction, filling, or hygiene cleaning on the Saturday before Veterans Day, November 5, at The John Fornetti Dental Center in Iron Mountain, MI.

This annual event is called Dentistry For Out Vets. More

Free Watermen's Museum Admission (Friday, November 11, 2016)

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Veterans and active duty members, plus their immediate families, get free admission to Waterman's Museum in Yorktown, Virginia on November 11 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. 

There's also a Veterans Day ceremony on the 11th at Grace Episcopal Church, and another at 12:00 PM at the Gallery at York Hall. More

Free Birmingham Zoo Admission (November 11-13, 2016)

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The Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, AL is letting all active and retired military members and their dependents get into the zoo for free on November 11, 12, and 13.

Bring your military identification card to take part in all the fun the zoo has to offer. More

Free Haircuts at Frank's Barbershop & Salon Visage (November 11, 2016)

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Frank's Barbershop in Knoxville, TN is giving out free haircuts on Veterans Day for all veterans and active service members. You can visit anytime between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

A voucher will be given to anyone who can't be seen on Veterans Day, which can be redeemed for a free haircut on a different day.

This offer is good at Frank’s Barbershop and Salon Visage. More

Free Car Wash and Oil Change at Delta Sonic (November 11, 2016)

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Delta Sonic is giving out free car washes and oil changes to all veterans at all locations this Veterans Day.

Free pizza is available too! More

Veterans Day Discounts 2016

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Veterans can save at their favorite stores this Veterans Day with these discounts.

  • Dollar General 11% Veterans Day Discount: Veterans, active military members, and their families will get 11% off their in-store or online purchase at Dollar General on Veterans Day.
  • Lowe's 10% Military Discount: Lowe's has a 10% military discount for current, retired, and VA members. This also applies to immediate family.
  • Walgreens 20% Military Discount: With a Balance Rewards card and proof of service, military members and veterans get a 20% Walgreens discount on November 11. Several products are excluded from this discount, which you can read about through the link above.
  • JCPenney 5% Discount: Take an additional 5% off your in-store JCPenney order November 10-13. It can be combined with other offers taking place that week too. A military or VA ID is required. 
  • Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: Past and present military members plus their dependents get 10% off their total purchase at Jo Ann's every day of the year.
  • Rack Room Shoes 10% Discount: Military personnel and their dependents can show a valid military ID at Rack Room Shoes any Tuesday as well as on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, to receive 10% off their total purchase.
  • PDQ 50% Discount: The first Monday of every month, military personnel and their families get 50% off their bill.
  • Hickory Tavern 50% Discount: Friday, November 11, all Hickory Tavern locations are giving active duty military and veterans 50% off their meal taken from a special menu, including non-alcoholic beverages. Dine-in only. They also will receive a certificate for 20% off their next meal.
  • 15% Off Kingsmill Resort Rooms: Veterans and active duty military personnel who show military ID can get 15% off the regular room rates at Kingsmill Resort.
  • Publix 10% Veterans Day Discount: Publix is offering 10% off items purchased on Veterans Day for active and retired military and their family members. Items not included in the discount include prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, money services, and postage stamps.
  • Harris Teeter 11% Discount: Veterans will get 11% off their grocery bill on Veterans Day at Harris Teeter.
  • Rib City: The Rib city in Des Peres, MO is giving veterans 50% off their meal this Veterans Day.