Veterans Day Offers Round-Up: Free Meals, 1-Night Hotel Stay, Bridal Gowns + More

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Many restaurants and stores are offering special discounts to veterans and active duty military personnel in honor of Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Offers include free meals at participating restaurants, a free one-night stay at select bed & breakfast and hotel locations and a free bridal gown for military brides. Must present appropriate military ID to receive offers.

Plus, anyone (not just military personnel) can get free admission Nov. 11 to over 100 national parks, which normally charge an admission fee.

Here are the details for these various offers:

Restaurant Offers

Applebee’s. Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree Nov. 11 at Applebee’s. A wide variety of entrees are available to choose from on a special menu, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken and a Bacon Cheeseburger. Offer does not include beverages or gratutity. Find an Applebee’s near you.

**NEW** Boston’s. All veterans and active military get one of a choice of entrees free on Nov. 11 at Boston’s. Find a Boston’s near you(Thanks, Tori!)

Chili’s. Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree Nov. 11 at Chili’s. Six menu options are available to choose from, including the Margarita Grilled Chicken and Chicken Club Tacos. Offer does not include beverages or gratuity. Find a Chili’s near you.

Golden Corral. Veterans and active duty military can get a free Thank You Dinner Nov. 15 (note the different date) from 4-9 p.m. Find a Golden Corral restaurant near you.

Outback Steakhouse. Veterans and active duty military can get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage at Outback Steakhouse Nov. 11. Free beverage offer only valid on non-alcoholic drinks. Find an Outback Steakhouse near you.

Famous Dave’s. Veterans can get a variety of specials at participating Famous Dave’s restaurants Nov. 11, including a free entree up to $15 or 10% off your entire order. Promotions vary by state and are valid only at participating restaurants. View this list to find out promotions Famous Dave’s restaurants are offering by state. Find a Famous Dave’s near you.

Texas Roadhouse. Veterans and active military can get a free entrée Nov. 11 at Texas Roadhouse restaurants. Find a Texas Roadhouse near you.

Store Offers

Dollar General. Veterans, active duty military and their immediate families can get a 10% discount Nov. 11 at Dollar General stores. Find a store near you.

Hy-Vee. Veterans can get a free breakfast buffet at Hy-Vee supermarkets Nov. 11 from 7-11 a.m. Offer also includes a free small beverage. Valid for dine-in only. Find a Hy-Vee near you.

Sam’s Club. Veterans in need of mobility assistance can get a free Hugo cane Nov. 10-12 at Sam’s Club stores. No Sam’s Club membership is needed. Offer available while supplies last. Find a Sam’s Club near you.

Other Offers

Free Night’s Stay at Select Bed & Breakfast and Hotels. Select bed & breakfast and hotel locations across 49 states and 8 international locations are offering a free night’s stay on Nov. 10 to veterans and active duty military. Most of the participating locations across the states are filled up, but there are still available rooms for a few states. See what locations are still available here. (Minnesota readers: It looks like all rooms are full. Bummer!)

Free Bridal Gown. Bridal salons across the nation are giving free bridal gowns to military brides between Nov. 9-13 on a first-come, first-serve basis when these qualifications are met. Giveaway dates and times vary by state and salon. See if a participating location is near you by viewing this list of participating bridal salons. (Minnesota readers: Sorry, it looks like no stores are participating in our state.)

Free Admission to National Parks. More than 100 national parks that usually charge an entrance fee are offering free admission to everyone Nov. 11. Fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. Offer does not include fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties unless noted otherwise. Find a national park near you.

Your turn: What other Veterans Day discounts do you know of?


  1. Karen says

    Thank you for this info! I have forwarded it to my Dad in Florida. I just wish I could take him to one of these places myself.

  2. Tori says

    You are missing Boston's – one of a choice of entree's free on the 11th.

    Enjoy your Choice of One of the Following:

    Individual Pizza with up to 3 Toppings

    Boston's Cobb Salad

    Spicy Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Pasta

    The Boston's Burger OR

    All You Can Eat Soup & Salad

  3. Robert says

    Thanks to all the retailers who are providing free meals and deals to us veterans. Also thanks to American people who appreciate what we veterans have sacrificed.It is a great Country we live in despite the current political problems and wo's. The price of freedom is not free, if you love your freedom thank a vet.

    Viet Nam Vet 1969 -1971

    God Bless America

  4. William Zoller says

    Heard about the free Vets rooms, I'm a Vietnam Vet, and tried finding something in Northern Colorado. Nothing! Now the site even says "Page Not Found". I think they've shut it down. Well, that's a bummer.

  5. Sara McAtee says

    McCormicks and Schmitts has a free meal for vets too. =) The biggest one is located across the street from Southdale Mall in Edina.

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