Now being updated for Veterans Day 2020
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 2020 included 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.
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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 IHOP, Red Lobster, Chili's, Golden Corral, and thousands more.
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Veterans, active duty, national guard, and reserves 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 Tuesday, November 10, 2020. However, some locations are different—this is noted in the link above.
You must call the inn directly to speak to them about reserving your room. Proof of service is required to take part in this offer.
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Some countries might honor military members on a different day, in which case the free car wash can be had on April 25.
Since 2003, Grace for Vets helped give millions of veterans a free car wash. Last year alone, participants of Grace for Vets gave out over 300,000 free car washes.
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Free Entrance Into National Parks (Wednesday, November 11, 2020)
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, 2020, in honor of Veterans Day.Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Veterans and active duty U.S. service members with proof of service can stop in on Wednesday, November 11, to get a free haircut at any participating Sports Clips.
There are over 1,800 locations but not all of them are participating. Be sure to check with your local Sports Clips location for all the details.
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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 Wednesday, November 11.
Aquarium of the Pacific is in Long Beach, CA. Advanced reservations and military ID are required.
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You can take advantage of this offer on Wednesday, November 11 only, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Proof of military service is required, which means you can bring a military or veteran ID, discharge papers, or other official military identification. If you're a family member, you have to show an active duty ID.
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Electric carts are not included in this free offer, and an ID is required.Continue to 9 of 22 below.
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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 through December 31, 2019.
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On November 9, 10, and 11 (between 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM), anyone currently serving in the military or who have served in the past, get free admission to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, WA.
Immediate members of their families can get half-off their admission.
This offer is also available for their sister zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. However, be sure to check that link for specifics.
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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 free from Saturday, November 9, until Monday, November 11.
Bring your proof of service (military ID card, dependent ID card, or driver’s license with veterans designation) to take part in all the fun the zoo has to offer.Continue to 13 of 22 below.
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On November 11, 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 any children under 18 years of age.
Regular admission is $22 /adult, $8 if you're 5-17 years old, and free for anyone under five.
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Active, retired, and veteran military members and one guest get free admission Knott's Berry Farm from November 3 through November 21, 2019, as well as from December 2 through December 19.
Six additional discounted tickets can be purchased for other guests, and spouses of military personnel can show deployment papers for complimentary admission.
Your military ID card or DD 214 is required at a Knott's Berry Farm ticket booth in order to get this offer.
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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.
Family members and other guests who want to attend must pay regular price. However, members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans are eligible for $6 off adult general admission prices.
The free tickets can be picked up when you arrive. The full address is 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.
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Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS is giving everyone free admission on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in honor of Veterans Day.
The hours are 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.Continue to 17 of 22 below.
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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.
For Veterans Day 2019, World of Coca-Cola is also offering discounted admission tickets for friends and family. Members of the Armed Forces can purchase up to four half-price tickets between November 1 and November 11.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticketing window with a valid Armed Forces ID.
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Created by PanCare of Florida, the Stand Up for Veterans event provides free health and dental care to veterans, even if they're not a patient.
This year, this offer is valid on Friday, November 8, 2019, at several locations in Florida.
Be sure to check that link above for more information, like to see if your location is offering the medical and/or the dental care, as well as to learn how to make an appointment.
Bring your DD-214 to verify your veteran status.
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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 with valid military ID.
Walk-ins are allowed but they suggest making an appointment. Visit the link above for the phone number.
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 (it's valid for a year). However, you still need to pick up the voucher on Monday the 11th.
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This offer is valid between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Saturday the 9th only, and is first come, first served.
This annual event is called Dentistry For Out Vets.Continue to 21 of 22 below.
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Veterans and active duty military get into SeaWorld for free.
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, probably by logging in with a special Troop ID.
Be sure to read through the website for any fine print regarding free access to the SeaWorld location you're interested in.
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Veterans Day Discounts 2020
Veterans can save at their favorite stores this Veterans Day with these discounts.
- JCPenney 10% Discount: Military personnel and immediate family members get an additional 10% off for Veterans Day (it can be combined with other coupons), valid in stores only, from November 6 through November 11. Military ID is required.
- Publix 10% Veterans Day Discount: Publix is offering 10% off items purchased on Veterans Day for active and retired military and their family members. Proper ID is required and some exclusions apply (see the link above for all the details).
- Rack Room Shoes 20% Discount: Military members and their families can show a valid military ID at Rack Room Shoes on November 11 (in stores only) to receive 20% off their total purchase.
- Off Broadway Shoes 20% Discount: Military personnel and family members get 20% off in-store on November 11 for Veterans Day. Military ID is required.
- Captain D's 10% Discount: Veterans get 10% off purchases made on Veterans Day at the Captain D's seafood restaurant.
The Veterans Day discounts listed below were valid in previous years but might also be available in 2020, so check back for updates.
- Walgreens 20% Military Discount: With a Balance Rewards and proof of service, military members, veterans, and their families get a 20% Walgreens discount in stores from November 8 through November 11. Several products are excluded from this discount, including alcohol, dairy, stamps, tobacco, gift cards, money orders, and more.
- JOANN's Fabric and Craft Stores: Past and present military members get 15% off their total purchase at JOANN's every day of the year. This is valid not only for regularly priced items but also anything on sale or clearance. Additionally, on Monday, November 11, all JOANN classes are free for active and former military members, and every purchase made that day by an eligible customer is 25% off.
- Target 10% Military and Veteran Discount: Vets and military members get 10% off their Target order (online and in-store) up through November 11. Visit the above link to learn how to register for this discount.
- Kohl's 30% Military Discount: The Kohl's 30% military discount is valid in-store only, November 7-11, for active and former military personnel, veterans, and their immediate families. Valid military ID, military dependent ID, or veteran ID is necessary at checkout.
- Amazon Prime Discount: From now through November 11, active military and veterans can get Amazon Prime for $79 instead of the regular $119.
- Kemah Boardwalk Discounts: Military members get 50% off All-Day Ride passes, Stingray Reef, and Boardwalk Beast; 25% off FantaSea Cruises & Retail; and 10% off Boardwalk Inn and restaurants.
- Pleasure Pier BOGO Free: Get a free All Day Ride Pass at Pleasure Pier in Galveston Island, TX, when you buy one at full price.
- 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.
- Red Roof Inn 10% Discount - Veterans, retirees, and active military members can get 10% off the standard room rate on their next vacation. Use the code through that link to apply the Red Roof Inn discount.
- Black Angus Steakhouse $10 Meal - Veterans and active military get a $9.99 Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin Steak with mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli with garlic butter, and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is valid all day long on Monday, November 11 only. Proof of military service is necessary.
- Dollar General 11% Veterans Day Discount: Veterans, active military members, and their immediate family members will get 11% off their in-store or online purchases 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.
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - In honor of Military Appreciation Month, active and retired military personnel and their families get 25% off all merchandise purchases between November 1st and 20th.