There are lots of Veterans Day discounts and free meals in 2022 at restaurants and stores to honor our former and current Military Personnel.
From free food, free haircuts, free car washes, and more; we want our heroes to feel taken care of and appreciated.
Click on links for offer details and pay close attention to the details, proof of service requirements, and call your location to ensure participation. Most of the offers require military identification of some sort.
While many of the deals are national chains, we found a few Veterans Day discounts local to Columbus, including meals and free admissions. Please let us know if you are aware of other local deals for Veterans Day – we love to support local!
If you’re not a veteran, you probably know someone who is, so make sure to share these deals with them. Better yet, suggest meeting at one of these restaurants so they can redeem their free meal or activity with good company!
2022 Veterans Day
Veteran’s Day Events and Attraction Discounts
Annual Veterans Day Parade and Bean Dinner in Hilliard
Sunday, November 6, 2022.
The William R. Schnug Memorial Post 614 of the American Legion hosts the Veterans Day parade, starting at 2 pm.
The parade will leave the Franklin County Fairgrounds and travel down Main Street to Scioto Darby Road. It will enter Municipal Park on Veterans Memorial Drive, ending at the Veterans Memorial Park. A brief ceremony, 21-gun salute, and Taps will occur at the memorial.
Post 614 also will offer its annual free public beans and cornbread meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at Hilliard Church of Christ, 4300 Avery Road.
Delaware Veterans Parade
Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 3 pm at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The route follows Pennsylvania Avenue, Sandusky Street and ends at Wilmer Street (near Ohio Wesleyan University).
Veterans and groups showing support can register to participate in the parade. See FB page.
Columbus Veterans Job Fair
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 11 am – 3 pm at the Fawcett Center. The event usually hosts over 50 exhibitors. Attendees must register and complete a profile that can be shared with employers.
Attendees can print a free parking permit after registration. Find details about registration and parking permit on the Recruit Military website.
The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210
Veterans Parade Cannon Firing at the Ohio Statehouse
November 10, 2022; 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will fire a Civil War cannon at 11:30, 11:45 a.m. and 12 p.m. to begin the Veterans parade in Columbus. After the cannon has been fired three times, the parade starts at noon.
Parade goers are welcome to watch the cannon demonstrations on the front lawn of the Ohio Statehouse, near the corner of Broad and High Streets, and stay as the parade proceeds through the intersection.
Columbus Veterans Day Parade
November 10, 2022 at noon. Parade theme “Sacrifice”
The Columbus Veterans Day parade honors and remembers the sacrifice made when a veteran signed a blank check for service to our nation.
It steps off from Nationwide Blvd and High Street at noon, and ends at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
The parade also marks the first appearance of Santa in Central Ohio. Santa and U.S. Marines are collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys-for-Tots program on their float at the end of the parade. See Facebook page here.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
November 10, 2022. Veterans, active military, first responders, and their family members (limit 4 total) can book a complimentary one-hour ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Enjoy the scenery and ride the rails through the park.
Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131
Train Departs at at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
Delaware County Veterans Breakfast
November 11, 2022 at 8:30 am at the AG Center in the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, OH 43015. Featuring Guest speaker, Mark Bartman, Major General (Ret.), USAF, presenting “The Ever-Changing Modern Warfare.”
Breakfast is free for veterans and one guest. Seating is limited and reservations are required. In order to secure your seat, please register by Nov. 1.
Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast
The Westerville Senior Center offers a pancake breakfast in honor of area Veterans on November 11. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. presentation. Cost is $5 per person and free to all veterans. Registration required Activity #504300-01 – Veterans Free, Activity #504300-02 – Non Veterans $5
Westerville Veterans Memorial Dedication
November 11, 2022 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
A year to the day after the 2022 groundbreaking ceremony, the newly constructed Westerville Veterans Memorial, 325 N. Cleveland Ave., opens with a dedication ceremony.
The program includes:
- Posting of the Colors, VFW Color Guard
- National Anthem, WSHS Soundsation
- Principal Speaker, Major General Deborah Ashenhurst (tentative)
- 21 Volley Salute, American Legion Rifle Squad
- Playing of Taps, Dan Carey, bugle
- Retirement of the Colors, VFW Color Guard w/musical accompaniment
- Tours of the new parks space
National Veterans Memorial and Museum Veterans Day Ceremony and Free Admission
November 11, 2022. Free admission on Veterans Day at National Veterans Memorial and Museum for everyone, all day long from 10 am – 5 pm.
Ceremony at 11 am. Featuring David Kim, a U.S. Army Veteran and CEO of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.
The museum always offers free admission for U.S. military Veterans, active-duty military, and Gold Star families.
Half Price admission for Veterans and Military at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Free admission for Veterans and current Military member at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on November 11, 2022.
City of Powell Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2022 at 11 am at Greater Powell Veterans Memorial, 47 Hall St, Powell. The program will include remarks from Powell Mayor Dan Swartwout and State of Ohio Assistant Director of Veterans Services Sean McCarthy. Powell Police Chief Stephen Hrytzik will dedicate three new bricks into the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial
The Greater Powell Veterans Memorial is a place for reflection and remembrance of those who served the country.
Veterans can be remembered and honored through the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial Brick Program. Veteran bricks feature the honoree’s name, branch of service, the name of the war in which he or she fought, specific achievement or years of service.
Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Gahanna
November 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Veterans Memorial Committee of Gahanna will host an observance and memorial brick dedication at Veterans Memorial Park, 73 W. Johnstown Road. To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Park or to purchase a brick for a future Memorial Day or Veterans Day ceremony, click here.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
November 11, 2022
- Free Admission and parking to all U.S. service members, National Guard and veterans plus 1 guest (all day).
- Free Admission for Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Families
- Free commemorative Veterans Day Pin (while supplies last)
- 20% Discount at the HOF Store. Coffee and donuts available for all veterans.
The Veterans’ Services Expo is 9AM to 1PM with vendors stationed throughout the Hall to educate Veterans of the services available to them.
Stark County Veterans Service Commission Executive Director De Ann Williams will be the featured speaker at noon in the Hall’s James Allen Family Gold Jacket Lounge during the Expo.
Donald R. Hallman LGBTQ Veterans Recognition Awards
Stonewall Columbus hosts an evening of appreciation of our LGBTQ Veterans on Thursday, November 17 at 5:30 pm. Please join us as we acknowledge and thank these honorees for their service to country and community during a brief recognition presentation.
Wexner Center for the Arts
Free gallery admission (always) for veterans and active military members in support of Vets at the Wex, an ongoing public program that works with veterans and their loved ones, many living with the symptoms of traumatic brain injury or PTSD.
Just show military or veteran ID. Note: the Wex is closed on Veterans Day and most major holidays.
Note: The Wexner Center gallery visits are currently free for all visitors thanks to donor support.
Military Discount at COSI
Ongoing military discount at COSI: Active, Reserve, and Retired Military – $2.00 off per person in the immediate family with proper ID.
Free National Parks Admission
FREE admission for all at National Parks on November 11
2022 Veteran’s Day Restaurant Deals
November 11, 2022: 20% off to all Veterans and Active Military in-store at all Columbus-area El Vaquero locations.
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
On Veterans Day, November 11th, 94th Aero Squadron offers a special Limited Menu for Vets $10.00
On Nov. 11, 2022, current and former military who dine-in at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will receive a FREE entrée (from a select menu) and a Dr. Pepper beverage.
The entrée options include the following: Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon-Guacamole Deluxe Burger, Deep Dish Ziti, Grilled Chicken Alfredo, Jumbo Spaghetti & Meatballs, Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Mediterranean Chicken Pita Tacos, Small BJ’s Deep Dish Pizza or Soup & Salad Combo.
Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a homestyle meal at Bob Evans on Nov. 11. The restaurant is offering them a FREE meal on Veterans Day.
The select Veterans Day menu includes the following: Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, The Mini Sampler, Buttermilk Hotcakes, Soup & Salad Combo, Country Fried Steak Dinner Bell Plate and Mushroom & Onion Chopped Steak Dinner Bell Plate.
Bonefish Grill Everyday Heroes Discount
Heroes Discount offering 10% on all service member, veterans and first responders’ checks every day with show of valid ID.
Bru Burger Bar
Free entree for Veterans on November 11 at Bru Burger Bar.
California Pizza Kitchen
This Veterans Day, California Pizza Kitchen is serving vets and active military members a FREE non-alcoholic beverage and choice of an entrée from a prix fixed menu. View the select Veterans Day menu here valid on Nov. 11.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Vets are honored every day at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The restaurant’s Heroes Discount is offered all year long — 10% off for all service members, veterans and first responders.
Charleys Philly Steaks
FREE Gourmet Fries in-store with no purchase necessary to all Veterans and Active Military on November 11, 2022 at Charleys. Topped with cheese sauce, bacon crumbles and ranch dressing, Charleys’ crispy fries are a perfect companion to a cheesesteak or real fruit lemonade. Customers must visit the store in-person to claim. Please bring military ID or proof of service.
Chili’s founder, Norman Brinker, proudly served in the U.S. Navy. On November 11, Vets can enjoy a FREE entrée from a select menu, including the following: Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese or Cajun Chicken Pasta
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
On November 11, Veterans and active duty military can visit their local participating Dickey’s to receive a free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich!
Valid In-store, and Online/ App for Carryout, with Code VETFREE. Must show Military ID, DD-214, or Veterans Card. One per person, not valid with any other offer or discount
November 10 and 11, 2022. Fazoli’s is offering active military and veterans a FREE regular spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara sauce.
November 11, 2022. For Veterans Day, Friendly’s is offering a FREE burger and fountain drink for veterans and active military.
November 14, 2022 from 5 pm – close. Honoring active and former military members for over 20 years through Military Appreciation Night. Active or former military members who have served in the U.S. Military can enjoy a free “thank you” meal, including retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves. Dine-in only.
On November 11 from 7 am – 7 pm, veterans can enjoy an order of free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes at IHOP. Beverages and gratuity not included. U.S. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Dine-in only. 1 per guest. Free menu item may vary by location
For Veterans Day, Orange Leaf is offering $2 off any item for veterans and active military on Nov. 11.
Vets are honored every day at Outback Steakhouse. Outback’s Heroes Discount is offered all year long — 10% off for all service members, veterans and first responders.
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is saluting members of the armed forces this Veterans Day with a complimentary meal. On Nov. 11, active duty, retired military and veterans enjoy a FREE Magnificent Seven entrée. The meal includes two (2) eggs, two (2) Applewood smoked bacon strips and three (3) buttermilk pancakes.
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery has locations in 32 states.
Piada Italian Street Food
Veterans and active duty service members get FREE cannoli chips at Piada Italian Street Food on Nov 11. Crispy cannoli chips are tossed in powdered sugar and served with chocolate chip cannoli cream. Piada’s cannoli chips are a spin on an Italian classic pastry and are back this season, by popular demand.
On November 11, veterans, active-duty military and reservists can sail over to Red Lobster for a FREE Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, fries and coleslaw — featuring six hand-breaded, butterflied and lightly fried shrimp, served with cocktail sauce.
The offer is available for dine-in or to-go orders (placed in-restaurant) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 11, 2022. Anyone who presents their Military ID, DD214, DD1172, NGB55, or NGB22 form at a participating Roosters location will receive a free $10 Roosters Buck as a show of our appreciation!
FREE Burger or Sandwich for all service members and veterans when they show a valid military ID in store on November 11, 2022. Participating locations are listed here. Locally, the Westerville store (552 South State St) is participating.
Smokey Bones is offering a FREE entrée for veterans and active military on Nov. 11.
The select Veterans Day menu includes the following: meatloaf entree, 8-piece boneless wings or pulled pork sammie. Each entrée come with a side — choose from fries, baked beans, roasted corn or coleslaw.
On Nov. 11, Starbucks is pouring a complimentary cup of coffee for veterans, military service members and their spouses. Qualifying customers can sip on a FREE Tall hot brewed coffee (12-oz.) New this year, the offer has been expanded to also include a FREE Tall iced coffee.
Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil offers a 15% Heroes Discount on dine-in dinner and lunch prices (salad area only too!) for Service Members, EMS and Teachers. See exclusions on website.
All veterans and active duty service members will be treated like kings and queens at White Castle on November 11. The fast-food chain is offering vets a FREE Combo Meal (choose from #1 to #6) or Breakfast Combo Meal on Nov. 11.
2022 Veterans Day Retail and Business Discounts
Veterans Appreciation Day at Moore Dental in Lewis Center
November 10, 2022. Complimentary same-day dental care for veterans in need at Moore Dental. Open to all non-active duty veterans. Call 740-548-5100 to schedule an appointment.
True REST Float Spa Free Session
On Friday, November 11, 2022, True Rest Float Spa is closed to the public and only offering free, 60-minute floats to veterans. Nearby locations are at Easton and Powell. Call (614) 798-8783 to book, and bring military ID or DD Form 214.
In addition, to show support and appreciation for the sacrifices made by men and women who serve the U.S. military, True REST Float Spa has designated the 11th day of every month, as U.S. Military Appreciation Day and offers a free, 60-minute float to any active duty personnel and/or veteran.
Since 2015, True REST Float Spa has given away almost 17,000 complimentary float sessions.
Free carwash at Grace for Vets
Free car wash for retired and active military members on November 11 at car washes across the country through Grace for Vets.
Many different companies are participating, so find the closest one to you (including Moo Moo, Speedway, and more). Use the search tool to find a participating car wash near you. All veterans and service personnel get a free car wash at participating locations.
Free haircut for veterans at Great Clips
On November 11, go to Great Clips for a haircut and get a free haircut card to give to retired or active duty military personnel to use by December 9. All veterans can stop in on November 11 to get a free haircut, or a free haircut card to be redeemed by December 9.
Veterans and active-duty service members can get a FREE haircut at Sports Clips on November 11. In addition, the salon will donate $2 for every haircut service provided on Nov. 11 to the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program.”
Target Veterans Discount
In honor of Veterans Day, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 12, Target is offering all U.S. active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families 10% off two separate purchases. (Some exclusions apply.)
To receive the offer, you must first confirm eligibility by registering here. After verification, the exclusive one-Target Circle offer will be available in customer’s account to use in-store or online.
Lowe’s Veterans/Military Discount
Lowe’s offers 10% off eligible purchases every day to active military personnel, retirees, and veterans. Must sign up online for the Lowe’s personal shopping card to qualify for the discount, and the discount will be linked to the MyLowe’s account. See registration details here.
Home Depot Military Discount
Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Veterans who do not have a VA service-connected disability rating may only be eligible for the military discount during national holidays such as Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day.
10% discount is applicable to purchases with an annual $400 maximum discount. There are some exclusions, including installation products or services, Gift Cards, special buy appliances, and some commodities, such as building materials. The discount is not available for online purchases. Read full details on website.
Veterans, military and their families get a 20% discount on eligible regular priced items, November 11 through 14 at Walgreens. In-store only; myWalgreens is membership is required.
10% discount year round at Big Lots
Big Lots now offers a year-round 10% “Always On” discount for active military personnel and veterans who are members of the company’s Big Rewards program.
Super 8 by Wyndham
Super 8 is honored to welcome active and retired military members, veterans, and their families as our very important guests. Save 15% on our Best Available Rate at participating Super 8 by Wyndham hotels in the U.S. and Canada.* Veteran guests enjoy preferred parking at Super 8.
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NOTE: The following are from 2021 and will be updated as events are announced in early fall.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021-Dollar General will provide an 20% discount on qualifying purchases on November 11-14, 2021 in all store locations for veterans, active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve and their immediate family members, for their sacrifices in serving our country.
Eligible customers should first complete a military credential verification process online at dollargeneral.com/military and then add the discount as a DG Digital Coupon.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021- Active and retired military personnel get 25% off their entire purchase November 11 through 13, 2021. See website on how to claim deals.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021- Veterans, active-duty military and spouses get 25% off their entire purchase in-store and online, November 11 to 13. See website on how to claim deals.
Offers from 2021
The offers below are from 2021, we will update as details are released for 2022. Many are the same or similar each year, so these will give you an idea of what you may be able to expect for 2022. Many offers aren’t updated until after the first week of November.
TBA for 2022. Veterans, members of the National Guard, Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Spouses enjoy a half priced entrée from an exclusive menu on Sunday, November 7, 2021.
**All veterans must show official verification; no I.D. required by Gold Star honorees. Veterans Day entrees must be enjoyed at the restaurant. No to-go orders permitted. Reservations recommended.
TBA 2022. When Veterans and Active Military register for Red Robin Royalty by November 1st, they’ll get a Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries added to their account – redeemable one-time, Monday 11/1 – Sunday 11/14 for Dine-In or To-Go.
You must join the royalty program and/or update membership with military status before November 1 to get the reward added.
TBA 2022 (63 E Broad St, Pataskala): Check out this unique local restaurant! They always offer a special deal for Veteran’s Day, and they still plan to have something on November 11. Due to supply issues they don’t know what the offer will be until after November 7. Check the Facebook page to see the special as it is updated. Proof of service is required.
TBA 2022 Krispy Kreme will honor and celebrate veterans with a special in-shop offer: a free doughnut of choice and small brewed coffee, no purchase necessary. Veterans can stop by Krispy Kreme shops or drive-thrus to redeem the offer (limit one per guest, must present ID
TBA 2022 For 14 years, Applebee’s has served more than 10 million meals in honor of our nation’s heroes. On Nov. 11, veterans and active service members can enjoy a FREE meal from a select menu, including: 6-oz. Top Sirloin, Double Crunch Shrimp, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Chicken Tenders Platter, Classic Bacon Cheeseburger, Oriental Chicken Salad or Three-Cheese Chicken Penne.
TBA 2022 Honoring Veteran’s Day by giving a FREE BOWL to all Veterans and Active Duty Military. All BIBIBOP locations, all day long. To claim a free bowl, present a military ID. This offer will be available in-store on November 11th only.
TBA Vets and active duty military can receive a free small order of 10 boneless wings and a side of fries on November 11. Beverage, tax, and tip not included. Proof of service required. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021 Free Chick Special and Regular Drink to any retired or active military service member on November 11. Valid at all locations for service members in uniform or those with a valid military ID or DD214.
- 687 Worthington Rd. Westerville, OH 43082
- 6304 E Dublin Granville Rd. Columbus, OH 43081
TBA for 2022. From 2021 – On November 11, vets and active duty military are invited to participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide for a free donut of their choice, no purchase necessary.
TBA for 2022. From 2021 – Veterans and active military get a FREE Lunch Combo at Little Caesars, which includes a 4-slice DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product. The offer is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
TBA for 2022. From 2021 – Enjoy 20% off food and non-alcoholic beverages for all Veterans on November 11. Valid for parties up to 4 guests. Tax and gratuity not included. Must show valid ID. Dine in only.
TBA for 2022. From 2021 – Active, inactive and retired military personnel are invited to enjoy a free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam on Monday, November 11 from 5 a.m. to noon. *Includes active, non-active and retired military personnel. Dine-in only. Must show valid military ID or DD214. Hours vary by location.
Denny’s will also be taking its Mobile Relief Diner on the company’s second annual “Heroes Tour” to deliver free, hot meals to veterans and active military. Dates and locations will be announced at a later date; follow along on Twitter.
TBA for 2022. From 2021 – This Veterans Day, QSL is saying ThanQ by offering 50% off any entrée to all Vets & Active Duty Military Personnel, at participating locations
TBA for 2022. From 2021 – Veterans get a Free Pick 2 Combo meal, which features soup or salad, tacos, enchiladas, and other options on November 11.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021 – To thank all of those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Military, Wendy’s nationwide are offering a FREE small breakfast combo with valid military ID on Wednesday, November 11 from 6:30 – 10:30 a.m. No purchase necessary. Offer available nationwide at participating Wendy’s. Retired and active military who show a valid military ID in-restaurant or at the drive-thru* can enjoy a morning meal.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021 – Participating McDonald’s restaurants across Ohio will offer free meals to all veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11, with valid ID. Each meal will feature a choice of sandwiches, drinks, and a side.
- Breakfast: A choice of an Egg McMuffin® or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and a Hash Brown.
- Lunch and Dinner: A choice of a Double Cheeseburger, 6-Piece Chicken McNuggets® or a Filet-O-Fish® will be offered. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and small fries.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021 – Veterans will receive a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake at all Cracker Barrel locations on November 11 to thank them for their service and sacrifice for our country. Use code VETSDAY21 at checkout for online orders.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021 – IKEA is proud to off military veterans a complimentary entrée in the restaurant for Veteran’s Day. Offer valid Wednesday, November 10 to Friday, November 12. Just show a form of military ID (active/reserve/retired) at the IKEA restaurant for your meal. *Maximum value is $8.99. One entrée per transaction.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021 – On Thursday, November 11th, Fixari Family Dental will host a free day of dental care for Veterans who are in need of dental care from 7 am – 7 pm. They are eligible to receive a complimentary extraction, filling or cleaning. Call to schedule before they fill up; 614-655-3517. Appointments available at Canal Winchester, Columbus, and Lewis Center offices.
TBA FOR 2022. From 2021 – On Veterans Day (Nov.11) from 2:00-6:00 p.m., all oil changes will be 50% off for veterans and military personnel at Ricart Automotive and Farrow Harley-Davidson. No appointment is needed, as all spots during that time are reserved specifically for them.