NOTE: This list is from 2018. For an updated list of 2019 Veterans Day deals and freebies, click here.
Here's a list of freebies for Veterans Day 2018:
Applebee’s: One of 8 entrees to choose from for a free meal on Veterans Day. Military ID or proof of service required. Locations.
Baker’s Square: Active duty military and veterans can enjoy a FREE breakfast* on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Veterans and active duty members can select from three Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or one Belgian Waffle. Locations.
Bar Louie: Veterans can receive a free Flatbread or Burger, up to $15, with ID on Sunday. Locations.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Veterans receive a free entree, up to $12.95 value, plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage on Veterans Day. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans. Additional offer: Free Pizookie® for current or retired military from Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2018, while supplies last. Locations.
Bob Evans: Free select breakfast, lunch, and dinner items on Veterans Day. For active duty military, retirees, and veterans with ID or proof of service. Locations.
Boston Market: Nov. 11 – Nov 12, 2018. Buy one individual meal with a drink and get a second free at all U.S. locations; coupon (but no I.D.) is required. Locations.
Bruegger’s Bagels: on Sunday vets and active military can start off the day with a free cup (any size) of coffee. Locations.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries to veterans and current military members on Veterans Day. Dine-in only. Bring proof of military service. Locations.
Chili’s: Free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day. Dine-in only and participating locations only. Proof of military service required. Locations.
Chipotle: On Sunday buy-one/get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Offer valid for all U.S. military (active-duty, Guard/Reserve, and retired military), military spouses with ID, and veterans. Locations.
Cicis Pizza: November 10, 2018 Active or retired military members with ID can get a free pizza buffet at Cicis all day Saturday. Locations.
City Barbeque: Free sandwich platter on Veterans Day at participating locations. Proof of service required. Website. 2870 W. Market St. Suite C Fairlawn, OH 44333
Cookies by Design: At North Olmsted location, military members and veterans can get a free iced sugar cookie from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10. Website. 24509 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Cracker Barrel: Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake for dessert or a Crafted Coffee on Veterans Day. Locations.
Dunkin’: Free donut to Veterans and active duty military at participating restaurants nationwide on Veterans Day. Locations.
Famous Dave’s: Nov. 11, 2018, and Nov. 12, 2018. Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and cornbread muffin – for veterans and current military members. Bring proof of service. Website. 26410 Great Northern Shopping Center, North Olmstead, OH, 44070
Fast Eddie’s Kitchen & Bar: Serving Brunch, Lunch and Dinner on Veterans Day which will be free to all veterans and active duty. Website. 7729 W Ridgewood Dr, Parma, OH 44129
Houlihan’s: Free meal for active military and veterans on Veterans Day with ID at participating locations only. Locations.
Joe Maxx Coffee Company: On November 11 and 12, Veterans, active duty military and reservists can enjoy a free drip coffee and donut or bagel at all Joe Maxx Coffee Company Cleveland OH area locations, no purchase necessary. To receive the offer, show a valid military ID. Locations.
Little Caesars Pizza: Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo on Sunday to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Locations.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert on Sunday (no purchase required, no restrictions). Additional 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans on November 11. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Locations.
Max & Erma’s: On Sunday participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes seasoned fries and a fountain drink. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required. Locations.
Menchie’s: All veterans and current service members will receive their first 6 oz. frozen yogurt free on Veterans Day with ID. Locations.
O’Charley’s: Veterans can choose from O’Charley’s “Veterans Thank You Menu” a free $9.99 meal or $10 off any meal all day on both November 11 and 12 simply by showing their military IDs. Locations.
Olive Garden: Free entree from a special menu on Veterans Day. Entrees are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Locations.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also available 10 percent OFF Heroes Discount is open to servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and first responders, with corresponding state or federal service ID through Dec 31, 2018. Locations.
Pilot Flying J: Nov. 10 – 12, 2018. Free breakfast, including a free Pilot Coffee of any size with a choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item, or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll. Locations.
Red Lobster: Nov. 11 – Nov. 12, 2018. Free Appetizer or Dessert with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts. Locations.
Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service on Veterans Day. Locations.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entree for current and former military with ID on Veterans Day. Locations.
Ruby Tuesday’s: Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating locations on Veterans Day, proof of service required. Locations.
Sheetz: Free lunch on Veterans Day at participating locations. Free car wash also available at participating locations, proof of service required. Locations.
Starbucks: Starbucks is treating veterans, active duty service members, and spouses to a free tall (12 oz) hot brewed coffee on Veterans Day. Locations.
Texas de Brazil: Nov 11-12, 2018. Complimentary meal for two veterans, plus up to 20% off for up to six additional guests during dinner service with ID. Locations.
Texas Roadhouse: Free Lunch from special menu on Veterans Day. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Proof of service required. Dine-in only. Locations.
T.G.I. Friday’s: Free menu item up to $12 for all current military members and veterans on Sunday. Valid ID or proof of service required. Locations.
Yard House: Complimentary appetizer on Veterans Day. Website. 160 Union Street Westlake, OH 44145
After Veterans Day:
Burntwood Tavern: Nov. 12, 2018. Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans. Proof of service or ID required. Available at all locations.
Denny’s: Nov. 12, 2018. Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Nov. 12, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Locations.
Firebird’s Grill: Nov. 12, 2018. “Dine with a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member on Monday, November 12 and their lunch or dinner is our treat! Please bring a valid form of military ID or wear your uniform to receive a complimentary entree. Locations.
GiGi’s Cupcakes: Nov. 12, 2018. FREE cupcake to all veterans and first responders on Monday, November 12 at all participating locations. Website. 20649 Center Ridge Road Rocky River, OH 44116
Golden Corral: Nov. 12, 2018 (5pm – 9pm): The 18th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. Locations.
Rose Italian Kitchen: Nov. 12, 2018. Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans. Proof of service or ID required. Website. 6140 Som Center Rd. Solon, OH 44139
Services and Entertainment
Akron Zoo: November 9, 2018– November 11, 2018. Veterans, past and present, receive free admission with valid military ID. Family members will also receive 50% off. Website. 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307
Goodyear: All active and retired military members and first responders can get a free tire, brake and battery check from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11. They will also receive 10 percent off tires. Locations.
Great Clips: Veterans and military members on Nov. 11 receive either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date. Locations.
Humane Society of Summit County: For the entire month of November, adoptions will be completely fee-waived for adopters that provide a valid military identification, with application approval. Website. 7996 Darrow Rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087
Meineke: Active and retired members of the military can present their valid military ID at a participating Meineke locations on November 12, 2018 for a free basic oil change. Locations.
Metro Regional Transit Authority: All persons can ride METRO’s line-service routes free on Veterans Day as a way to remember and thank those who served in the past and in the present. Website.
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Throughout the month of November and including Veteran’s Day, active members of the military and veterans plus one guest will be allowed free entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Website. 2121 George Halas Dr NW, Canton, OH 44708
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums: Free admission to veterans, active-duty military and military reserve members on Veterans Day. Website. Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420
Sport Clips: Free haircuts to active duty military and veterans (with valid ID) on Veterans Day. Locations.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens: Veterans and men and women currently serving are offered a complimentary self-guided tour of Stan Hywet on November 11, 2018 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please present your military ID upon arrival. Website. 714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303
Waterway Carwash: Veterans and military personnel can get free car washes, 10 cents off every gallon of gas and a free fountain soda at both locations in Cleveland. Locations.