Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts 2021

Free Meals, Haircuts, Car Washes, and More on Veterans Day

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Businesses love to honor veterans and military members on Veterans Day each year, and this year the list is even bigger than ever.

Veterans Day freebies often include free meals, haircuts, car washes, oil changes, a free night at a bed and breakfast, free entrance to national parks, and free admission to many museums, theme parks, and zoos.

At the bottom of the list are some Veterans Day discounts to popular stores like Walgreens, Target, and Publix.

For more information about Veterans Day freebies, visit this FAQ on how veterans can get these freebies.

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Free Food at Thousands of Restaurants Around the Country

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The most popular Veterans Day freebie around the country is restaurants giving out free meals on Veterans Day to honor their service with some free food.

This list has all your favorite restaurants on it, including IHOP, Red Lobster, Chili's, Golden Corral, and thousands more.

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Free Night Lodging at B&B's Around the Country (Wednesday, November 10, 2021)

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Veterans, active duty, national guard, and reserves can stay the night at participating B&B's for free around the country during the B&Bs for Vets event. Some locations offer one night and others may provide more.

It's common for the free stay to be offered the night before Veterans Day, on November 10, 2021. However, some locations are different—this is noted in the link above.

You must call the inn directly to speak to them about reserving your room. Proof of service is required to take part in this offer.

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Free Entrance Into National Parks (Thursday, November 11, 2021)

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This freebie is in honor of Veterans Day but everyone can take part in it.

Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2021, in honor of Veterans Day. Find a park near you from the National Park Service website.

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Aquarium of the Pacific Free Admission (Thursday, November 11, 2021)

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This year, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors Veterans Day by giving free admission to veterans and military personnel.

This event takes place from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Veterans Day only, which this year is Thursday, November 11.

Aquarium of the Pacific is in Long Beach, CA. Military ID and advanced reservations are required; walk ups are not permitted.

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Free Car Washes for Veterans (Thursday, November 11, 2021)

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Grace for Vets is a non-profit organization that has gotten together over 1,600 independent car washes in four countries, to offer veterans and service personnel a free car wash on November 11, 2021.

Some countries might honor military members on a different day, in which case the free car wash can be had on April 25.

Since 2003, Grace for Vets helped give millions of veterans a free car wash. Last year alone, participants of Grace for Vets gave out over 350,000 free car washes.

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Free Veterans Day Haircuts at Sports Clips (Thursday, November 11, 2021)

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Veterans and active duty U.S. service members with military ID can stop in on Thursday, November 11, to get a free haircut at any participating Sports Clips location.

There are over 1,800 locations; see the above link for a map of all participating locations.

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Free Haircuts at Great Clips (Thursday, November 11, 2021)

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Veterans and active, inactive, or retired military members can stop into Great Clips for a free haircut on Veterans Day, November 11. If they don't want a haircut that day, they can get a haircut card that they can redeem through December 10, 2021.

Anyone else can stop in to get their haircut on November 11 and receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran, which is redeemable through December 10.

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Free Admission to Mount Vernon (Thursday, November 11, 2021)

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This year on Veterans Day, November 11, all active duty, former, and retired military personnel get free entrance to Mount Vernon from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM.

Family members and other guests who want to attend must pay the regular price. However, children 5 and under are free.

The free tickets can be picked up when you arrive. The full address is 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.

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Free SeaWorld San Diego Admission (2021)

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Veterans and active duty military, and three guests, get into SeaWorld San Diego for free. However, you can't get admission at the gate—you have to do it through the link above by logging in with Troop ID.

Tickets must be redeemed by December 24, 2021. The veteran needs to be present with their guests upon redemption at the park.

Be sure to read through the website for any fine print regarding free access to the SeaWorld location you're interested in.

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Free Health and Dental Care by PanCare of Florida (Friday, November 5, 2021)

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Created by PanCare of Florida, the Stand Up for Veterans event provides free health and dental care to veterans, even if they're not a patient.

This year, this offer is valid on Friday, November 5, 2021, at several locations in Florida.

Be sure to check that link above for more information, like to see if your location is offering the medical and/or the dental care, as well as to learn how to make an appointment.

Bring your DD-214 to verify your veteran status.

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Free Admission to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta (2021)

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Members of the Armed Forces (active duty, reserves, and veterans) get free admission all year to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta when they show their valid Armed Forces ID card.

For Veterans Day 2021, regular admission rates will apply to family members and other guests.

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Free Birmingham Zoo Admission (November 11, 2021)

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The Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, AL is letting all, veterans, active and retired military members and their dependents get into the zoo free on Thursday, November 11.

Bring your proof of service (military ID card, dependent ID card, or driver’s license with veterans designation) to take part in all the fun the zoo has to offer.

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Veterans Day Discounts 2021

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Veterans can save at their favorite stores this Veterans Day with these discounts.

  • Target 10% Military and Veteran Discount: Vets and military members get 10% off their Target order (online and in-store) up through November 11. Visit the above link to learn how to register for this discount. It has a two-time use, and applies to the entire basket.
  • Walgreens 20% Military Discount: With myWalgreens and proof of service, military members, veterans, and their families get a 20% in-store discount at Walgreens or Duane Reade stores, from November 11 through November 14. Several products are excluded from this discount, including alcohol, dairy, tobacco, stamps, and more.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond 25% Armed Forces Discount: As a thank you to military personnel and veterans, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering an in-store and online discount of 25% off the entire cart from November 11 through November 13, 2021.
  • Dollar General 20% Military Discount: From November 11 through November 14, veterans, active duty military, and their families save 20% when they use DG Digital Coupons and verify their military credentials.
  • Rack Room Shoes 20% Discount: Military members and their families can show a valid military ID at Rack Room Shoes on November 11 (in stores only) to receive 20% off their total purchase.
  • Pleasure Pier BOGO Free: Get a free All Day Ride Pass at Pleasure Pier in Galveston, TX, when you buy one at full price. Valid November 13 & 14, 2021.
  • Publix 10% Veterans Day Discount: Publix is offering 10% off items purchased on Veterans Day for active and retired military and their family members. Proper ID is required and some exclusions apply (see the link above for all the details).
  • Red Roof Inn 10% Discount - Veterans, retirees, and active military members can get 10% off the standard room rate on their next vacation. Use the code through that link to apply the Red Roof Inn discount.
  • 15% Off Kingsmill Resort Rooms: Veterans and active-duty military personnel who show military ID can get 15% off the regular room rates at Kingsmill Resort. It's valid for groups under 10 people.