There are lots of Veterans Day discounts and free meals in 2021 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!
2021 Veterans Day Deals
Veteran’s Day Events and Attraction Discounts
Thursday, November 4 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Pickerington Public Library
Learn about Veteran’s Day and the stories of those it honors.
Our Veterans have served on the frontlines of history, witnessed the birth of our nation, defended our freedoms and fought for democracy around the world. Join us to hear their inspiring stories of service and sacrifice as we honor and celebrate our country’s Veterans – everyday people who did extraordinary things both as service members and as members of our communities. Customers of all ages are welcome!
November 5, 2021 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 2021 Veterans parade in Columbus. After the cannon has been fired three times, the parade starts at noon.
November 5, 2021 The theme of this years parade is “Welcome Home Troops of OEF, OIF, OND”. Welcome Home to the troops of: Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. Welcoming all of the troops who have participated in the continuing fight for freedom since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The parade steps off from Nationwide Blvd and High Street the parade 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.
Sunday, November 7 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.
Wednesday, November 10 from 11 am – 3 pm. *Masks are REQUIRED to be worn in all Ohio State Facilities. Please wear a mask to attend. One-way foot traffic flow will ensure you don’t miss any exhibitors. Continue circling until all exhibitors have been visited.
Have your individualized QR Code scanned by all exhibitor booths you visit.
To obtain free parking, attendees are required to print a parking permit and place it on their vehicle dashboard upon arrival. Find details and parking permit on the Recruit Military website.
The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210
Free admission to the Zoo for Veterans and current Military members, and their immediate families on November 11, 2021.
November 11 at 8:30 am at the AG Center in the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, OH 43015. Featuring “Military Equipment Connections Between War” presented by the Delaware County Veterans Association.
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.
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 with activity #404302-01. Call if you need assistance with registration.
Thursday, November 11, 2021. Free admission on Veterans Day for everyone, all day long from 10 am – 5 pm. Sponsored by USAA.
Ceremony at 11 am. Featuring remarks from former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General Les L. Lyles, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), our CEO Lt. General Michael Ferriter, United States Army (Ret.), Franklin County Commissioner, Erica Crawley United States Navy (Ret.) and President of USAA, Wayne Peacock.
These distinguished Veterans and guests will share messages promoting unity in support of our Veteran community and promoting selfless service in our communities on Veterans Day and every day. See details and other upcoming events here.
The museum always offers free admission for U.S. military Veterans, active-duty military, and Gold Star families.
November 11 at 11 am at Veterans Memorial, Old Historic Courthouse, 91 N. Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015
November 11 at 11 am at Greater Powell Veterans Memorial, 47 Hall St, Powell. The program will include a keynote speaker, recognize recent brick placements at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial and feature vocal and instrumental performances.
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.
The Veterans Memorial Committee of Gahanna will host an observance and memorial brick dedication on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.
The William R. Schnug Memorial Post 614 of the American Legion hosts the traditional Bean and Cornbread Dinner on November 11 from 4-7 pm. The dinner is at Hilliard Church of Christ, 4300 Avery Road. The 39th annual event includes beans with ham, cornbread, and beverages.
This is a free dinner and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and all donations will be used for the Gifts for Yanks program of the Ohio American Legion.
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm. At 2:00pm the parade will proceed out of (GATE 4) and head West on Northwest Parkway, South on Avery/Main Street, West on Cemetery Road to Scioto Darby Road and South on Veterans Memorial Drive, where it will conclude with a short ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park.
Grand marshal for the parade will be Paul A. Ritzenthaler, who served in the US Army from 1969-1972 with a tour in Vietnam.
Stonewall Columbus hosts an evening of appreciation of our LGBTQ Veterans on Thursday, November 18 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.
True REST Float Spa Free Session
On Thursday, November 11, True Rest Float Spa is closed to the public and only offering free, 60-minute floats to veterans on Veterans Day. 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.
Veterans, active military, first responders, and their family members (limit 4 total) can book a complimentary two-hour round trip through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on November 11. Enjoy the scenery and ride the rails through the park.
- Akron Northside Station, 27 Ridge Street, Akron, OH 44308
Train Departs at 10:00 AM
- Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131
Train Departs at 10:15 AM
November 11, 2021 from 9 am – 5 pm. Free Admission and parking to all U.S. service members, National Guard and veterans plus 1 guest (all day). Admission for Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Families will be free all day on Nov. 11th. A free commemorative Veterans Day Pin will be available for the first 500 visitors to the Hall (while supplies last). 20% Discount at the HOF Store. Coffee and donuts available for all veterans.
The Veterans’ Services Expo is 9AM to 5PM with vendors stationed throughout the Hall to educate Veterans of the services available to them. Upon arrival, Veterans will receive a checklist to encourage them to stop by each vendor’s booth as they tour the Hall. Once completed, the checklist can be turned in to enter a drawing for a 2021 Salute to Service Hoodie from the Hall of Fame Store.
De Ann Williams, Executive Director for the Stark County Veterans Service Commission, will speak at 2 p.m. in the Nash Family Event & Conference Center. The theme of Williams’ presentation is “Honoring the Men & Women Who Have Worn the Cloth of This Nation.”
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.
Ongoing military discount at COSI: Active, Reserve, and Retired Military – $2.00 off per person in the immediate family with proper ID.
FREE admission for all on November 11
Veteran’s Day Restaurant Deals
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.
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.
(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.
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
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.
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 or identify as a veteran or active military member. This offer will be available in-store on November 11th only.
On Nov. 11, 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: BJ’s Sauced ‘n’ Tossed Chicken Thighs, 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.
Free entree at Bru Burger Bar: Free entree for Veterans on November 11.
Veterans 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.
This Veterans Day, California Pizza Kitchen is serving vets and active military members a FREE entrée on Nov. 11.
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
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
On November 11, veterans and active duty military are invited to participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide for a free donut of their choice, no purchase necessary.
Daily discount for heroes at Hot Chicken Takeover: Offer a DAILY 50% discount to active and inactive military, and first responders. They support the Columbus Veteran community throughout the year, and partner with community groups that aim to help veterans.
On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th, all Veterans eat free.
Free meal on November 11, 2021. Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free entrée from a special menu of seven homestyle favorites on Veterans Day at all Bob Evans Restaurants. Dine-in only, beverage not included. Not valid with other offers, discounts or coupons. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.
Honoring active and former military members for 20 years through Military Appreciation Night. The celebration returns as a dine-in offer for 2021. Military Appreciation Night is Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 from 5pm – close.
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.
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.
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.
On November 11, Veterans and active duty military can visit their local participating Dickey’s in-store 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
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.
This Veterans Day, QSL is saying ThanQ by offering 50% off any entrée to all Veteran & Active Duty Military Personnel, at participating locations
On November 11 from 7 am – 7 pm, veterans can enjoy an order of free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes. 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
Veterans and active military can enjoy a free Cheeseburger, Endless Fries, fountain drink, and chocolate chip cookie on November 11. Dine in only. Simply show proof of military service. Not valid with any other coupons, offers or promotions.
Veterans get a Free Pick 2 Combo meal, which features soup or salad, tacos, enchiladas, and other options on November 11.
On November 11th, veterans and active duty military and reservists can get a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu at Red Lobster. Guests only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer. Choose their free appetizer or dessert from a special menu that includes the following selections.
Appetizers: Lobster and Langostino Pizza, Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Langostino Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip, Crab-Stuffed Shrimp Rangoon, Signature Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, or White Wine and Roasted-Garlic Mussels
Desserts: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Brownie Overboard, or Key Lime Pie
Vets can take a bite of one of America’s all-time favorite foods at Smashburger on Veterans Day. The burger joint is serving them a FREE Single Classic Burger on Nov. 11.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Starbucks offers a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee for veterans, military service members and military spouses at participating U.S. Starbucks stores.
Starbucks will also donate 25 cents for every cup of hot brewed coffee sold nationwide on November 11 to military nonprofits Team Red, White & Blue and Headstrong to support the mental health and wellbeing of military communities
Veterans get 25% off regular dinner Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 11 during dinner hours of operation ONLY. To receive offer, guest must mention to server before dining and provide military ID. Valid IDs include military ID, DOD ID, DVA ID or DD214 ID. Offer valid for up to 6 veterans or active military per table/reservation.
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.
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.
McDonald’s restaurants will also be giving all customers American Flag window decals to honor the veteran community.
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.
Veterans get FREE cannoli chips at Piada Italian Street Food on Veteran’s Day. 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.
All veterans and active duty service members can enjoy a FREE Combo Meal (choose from #1 to #6) or Breakfast Combo Meal on Nov. 11.
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.
FREE small and regular cheesesteaks for all Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11 at domestic non-AAFES locations only. Customers must visit the store in-person to claim. Please bring military ID or proof of service.
Heroes Discount offering 10% on all service member, veterans and first responders’ checks every day with show of valid ID.
Outback Steakhouse also offers a heroes discount daily. All nurses, doctors, medical staff, servicemen and women, police officers and firefighters, with corresponding medical, state or federal service ID, plus Military Personnel and their immediate family members get 10% off their entire check all day, everyday with a valid state or federal service ID.
Show your military ID or forms and get $10 Rooster Bucks.
Veterans Day Retail and Business Discounts
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. Veterans 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.
On November 11, come in for a haircut and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran to use by December 11. And of course, all veterans can stop in on November 11 to get a free haircut, or a free haircut card to be redeemed by December 11.
Veterans and active duty military can come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut on November 11. In addition, $2 from every hair service on November 11 will be donated to the “Help A Hero” fundraising campaign.
Free car wash for veterans and military members on November 11 at car washes across the country. Many different companies are participating, so find the closest one to you (including Moo Moo, select Turkey Hill, 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.
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.
In honor of Veterans Day, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13, 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 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 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 a $500 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.
Veterans, military and their families get a 20% discount on eligible regular priced items, November 11 through 14. This in-store offer is only valid in Walgreens or Duane Reade stores.
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.
Active and retired military personnel get 25% off their entire purchase November 11 through 13, 2021. See website on how to claim deals.
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.
In honor of Veterans Day, Big Lots is offering a year-round 10% “Always On” discount for active military personnel and veterans who are members of the company’s Big Rewards program.
Veterans are eligible for one free night at participating B&Bs in the US and Canada. Most of the inns are offering one free room night on Tuesday, November 10 so you can enjoy the local Veterans Day celebrations. Visit the link for lodging near you or pick a destination. You must book directly with the business, and valid ID is required. See local offers below, while available.
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.
Red Roof offers military personnel, both active and retired, a 10% discount with promo code “VP606732” all year round. Veterans can also join Veterans Advantage, which is free and offers members additional exclusive military discounts, including a 20% discount at Red Roof with code VP 544993 year round
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Offers from 2020
The offers below are from 2020, we will update as details are released for 2021. Many are the same or similar each year, so these will give you an idea of what you may be able to expect for 2021. Many offers aren’t updated until after the first week of November.
Texas Roadhouse: Each location may offer something different, so please contact your location restaurant