IHOP's Free Veterans Day Pancakes

Service Members Get Free Red, White & Blue Pancakes on Veterans Day

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For Veterans Day this year, IHOP is giving out complimentary pancakes to honor the service of our veterans and active military men and women.

It's important to note that this year the free IHOP pancakes on Veterans Day will be given out the day after Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2018. This is the observed Veterans Day holiday in 2018.

Tip: See my list of Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts for even more ways you can save money on Veterans Day.

When Veterans Get Their Free Pancakes at IHOP

In honor of Veterans Day, IHOP is giving out free stacks of Red, White & Blue pancakes on the day after Veterans Day, on Monday, November 12, from 7 AM to 7 PM. These are buttermilk pancakes with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote, and a whipped topping.

There are hundreds of IHOP restaurants that span across the 50 states and some other countries, but not each and every one of them is taking part in this offer. It's important that you call ahead to your ​local IHOP restaurant to see if they are.

Note: Select IHOP restaurants are also giving away complimentary Red, White, and Blue Combos which includes two eggs, hash browns, and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links with the short stack of Red, White and Blueberry pancakes. 

See these frequently asked questions about Veterans Day free meals for answers to some questions you may have on how free Veterans Day offers work.

Who's Eligible for the IHOP Veterans Day Free Pancakes

All active military members and any veteran can visit a participating IHOP to get free pancakes, but only if they can provide valid proof of their service (there's more on this below).

This restriction means that any other guests that come along must pay for their meal like they would any other day. 

Note: This is just one thing you need to remember before you visit IHOP on Veterans Day. Continue reading down this page for some other important notes to keep in mind.

What You Need to Take With You to IHOP

Eligible customers can receive their free pancakes for Veterans Day only if they bring along proof of military service. This can include any of the following:

US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (American Legion, VFW, etc.), a photograph of yourself in US military uniform, wearing a uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.

This type of proof is a normal thing for restaurants like IHOP to require of their customers to be sure of their identity. However, if you for some reason can't provide any of the above, I suggest you contact your local IHOP to see if there's something else you can provide as proof.

IHOP's Veterans Day Free Pancakes Restrictions

Remember that this free Veterans Day meal at IHOP is for military members and veterans only. Friends, family, co-workers, etc. can't take part in this offer unless they, too, can provide proof of military service.

Not every IHOP location is giving out these free pancakes for Veterans Day. If yours is, remember that IHOP is having this Veterans Day free meal the day after Veterans Day only. Since Veterans Day falls on Sunday this year, the free food offer is valid on Monday, November 12, 2018, only. You can't visit IHOP on a different day and expect to receive the same Veterans Day offer.

Veterans and military men and women should understand that they can't pick any menu item from IHOP. It's only the Red, White & Blue pancakes that are being given away for free.