Businesses are saluting veterans and active-duty military personnel on Saturday. They’re offering freebies and special discounts on Veterans Day to show their appreciation for all those who have sacrificed for their country. Veterans can enjoy free meals, drinks, treats and even a haircut and car wash. Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses. The majority of discounts are valid only on Veterans Day, unless otherwise noted and available at participating locations. Some exclusions apply.
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse: Free entrée under $12.95 Friday and Saturday. Plus, get a free BJ’s beer, which was donated by a community member. Learn more at www.bjsrestaurants.com/hero.
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 www.bostonmarket.com.
Denny’s: From 5 a.m. to noon Friday, active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations.
IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, get a free stack of Red, White and Blue pancakes or a patriotic pancake combo at participating locations. The deal varies by location.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza: Free small order of meatballs with ricotta cheese.
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.
Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free entrée from a special Veterans Day menu at participating locations.
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.
Circle K: Free Polar Pop with the Veterans Day deal on the convenience store chain’s mobile app and military ID.
Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Free doughnut of choice, while supplies last.
Duffy’s Sports Grill: 40% off food purchases.
Friendly’s: Free meal from a special menu at participating locations.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: Free entrée and non-alcoholic drink from special menu.
Little Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert. Plus guests dining with veterans will receive 10% off their meals.
Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage.
Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven meal.
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.
Recovery Sports Grill:Free meal.
Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert.
Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.
Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.
Sonny’s BBQ: Offers vary by location. At some locations, veterans eat for half off and other locations will offer a free Big Deal Combo.
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 Thursday through November 13th from 2 to 5 p.m.
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.
Thirsty Turtle Seagrill: 10% discount for veterans and active military Saturday at the Port St. Lucie and Juno Beach locations.
Tijuana Flats: Free meal.
TooJay’s: Free meal from special menu.
Wawa: Free coffee, any size, all day Saturday for veterans, active military and family members.
Golden Corral: Free dinner buffet with beverage from 5 to 9 p.m. November 13th for the chain’s annual Military Appreciation Night. Learn more at www.goldencorral.com/military.
Car wash: Get a free car wash at participating locations nationwide. Find a list of locations at www.graceforvets.org/veterans.
Great Clips: Veterans and active duty get a free haircut on Veterans Day or pick up a free haircut card to use through Dec. 31. Also non-veterans who get a haircut Saturday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
Hair Cuttery: For every haircut purchased by customers Saturday, a free haircut certificate will be donated back to a veteran in the same community. To distribute the free haircut certificates, Hair Cuttery is working with veteran’s organizations.
Sports Clips: Through its Help A Hero campaign, participating stores offer free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification. Stores also are collecting money for scholarships.
A.C. Moore: 15% off your total regular and sale price purchase with valid ID every day.
Bed Bath & Beyond: 25% off entire purchase Nov. 9-12 in-store only.
Dollar General: 11% discount in-store and online with promo code VET17 Saturday.
Home Depot: 10% discount.
Jo-Ann Fabric: 10% discount for military service members and their families year round.
Lowe’s: 10% discount.
Michaels: 15% discount for military families every day.
Old Time Pottery: 10% military discount everyday to active, retired military and their immediate families.
Publix: 10% discount for veterans, military personnel and family members Saturday.
Rack Room Shoes: 10% military discount on Veterans Day as well as every Tuesday.
Target: Through Saturday, 10% discount on in-store and online purchases for veterans, active military, spouses and dependent children. To get this discount, register at www.target.com.
Toys R Us: 15% off in-store purchases through Saturday.
Walgreens: 20% off eligible regular-price items Saturday for all veterans, military and their families with Balance Rewards card and proof of military service.