NATIONWIDE — Veterans Day is on Saturday, Nov. 11, and these businesses are honoring veterans and active duty military for their service by offering their best freebies and deals.
From sirloin steaks and pancakes, to science and camping, check out these freebies and discounts in honor of those who serve our country:
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Free meal from a special menu Saturday at any of the nearly 1,800 locations.
Bob Evans: Free meal from a special menu available all day Saturday at all locations.
Boston Market: Buy one individual meal, get a second free Friday through Sunday at participating locations. A military ID isn’t required but to get this deal, you’ll need a coupon from bostonmarket.com.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.
Chili's: Free meal from a special menu.
Chuck E. Cheese: Free personal one-topping pizza to veterans, active duty personnel and eligible dependents with military ID, proof of service and promo code 5500. The chain also has daily military discounts.
Cicis Pizza: Free adult buffet Saturday.
Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Dunkin' Donuts: Free doughnut of choice, while supplies last.
Fogo de Chão: 50 percent off meals for veterans and active duty personnel Friday through Sunday. Plus up to three guests get 10 percent off their meals at all U.S. locations.
Hopdoddy: Offering a free burger to veterans at locations nationwide.
IHOP: Veterans and active duty military get free red, white and blue pancakes with military ID or proof of service on Nov. 10.
Little Caesars: Little Caesars will offer veterans and active service members a free $5 “Hot-and-Ready-Lunch Combo” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11.
Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu.
On the Border: Free combo meal.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage.
Panera Bread: Free breakfast sandwiches until 10 a.m. Saturday at participating locations. After 10 a.m., military members get a coupon for a free pastry to use on a future visit.
Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert.
Red Robin: Free Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.
Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.
Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse Saturday. Unrelated to the Veterans Day deal, Starbucks has a buy one holiday drink, get one free deal 2 to 5 p.m.Thursday through Nov. 13 from
Texas Roadhouse: Free meal from a special menu and choice of non-alcoholic drink.
TGI Friday's: Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Plus get a coupon for $5 off next meal.
Special Store Discounts
Many stores offer military discounts year-round, but a handful are only on Veterans Day.
A.C. Moore: 15 percent off your total regular and sale price purchase with valid ID every day.
Bed Bath & Beyond: 25 percent off entire purchase Nov. 9-12 in-store only.
Dollar General: 11 percent discount in-store and online with promo code VET17 on Saturday.
Great Clips: Veterans and current members of the military get a free haircut on Saturday at Great Clips—or can pick up a card valid for a free haircut at a later date. And all customers getting haircuts on Veterans Day will also receive a coupon that can be given to a veteran or armed service member for a free haircut at a later date.
Home Depot: 10 percent discount.
Jo-Ann Fabric: 10 percent discount for military service members and their families year round.
LIDS: 25 percent off online and 50 percent custom embroidery in-store Saturday. A military ID is required.
Lowe's: 10 percent discount.
Main Event Entertainment: Active and retired military can receive a free entree and $10 FunCard between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.
Michaels: 15 percent discount for military families every day.
Old Time Pottery: 10 percent military discount everyday to active, retired military and their immediate families.
Rack Room Shoes: 10 percent military discount on Veterans Day as well as every Tuesday.
Toys R Us: 15 percent off in-store purchases through Saturday.
Walgreens: 20 percent off eligible regular-price items Saturday for all veterans, military and their families with Balance Rewards card and proof of military service.