Most of the Veterans Day deal below are free meals and shopping discounts for veterans and active duty personnel. A few are also available to the general public.
For meaningful events honoring veterans, see our list of Veteran’s Day parades and commemorative events.
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2022 Free meals & food discounts for Veterans Day
Applebee’s: (multiple Puget Sound locations) typically offers free meals to Veterans & Active Duty Military on Veterans Day to honor them for their courage and sacrifice. Offers may vary so, call or visit your local franchise and ask about Veterans Day deals or discounts.
Black Angus Steakhouse (Federal Way, Puyallup). Active and retired military members, first responders (police, EMT & fire fighters), nurses and other healthcare personnel, and teachers can receive 15% off their dine-in order at any Black Angus, any day! No codes or coupons, just present an ID to your server to receive the Heroes discount. More info: Heros Discount – Black Angus Steakhouse
Bonefish Grill (Bothell, Marysville) Heroes Discount is available all day, every day. The 10% discount is open to servicemen and women, veterans, and first responders, and their immediate family members who have VALID ID. See their website for details: Veterans and Military Discount (bonefishgrill.com)
Golden Corral (Puyallup, also Vancouver and Spokane): honor U.S. military members every year with a special thank you dinner on our Military Appreciation Night, on Monday, November 14, 2022 from 5pm – close.. Any person who has served in the U.S. Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves) may get the special dinner. Spouses, children, mothers, family, and friends are welcome to come join the celebration for our military heroes; however, the free ‘thank you’ dinner is for the person who served. Other guests will pay the regular dinner menu pricing.
Outback Steakhouse (multiple Puget Sound locations). All servicemen and women, veterans, and first responders and their immediate family members with valid ID can get 10% off their check all day, every day. More info: https://www.outback.com/offers/military-mates
Red Lobster: (Lynnwood, Silverdale, Federal Way, Tacoma) All active-duty military personnel receive a 10% discount on purchases every Monday. More info: Military Monday (redlobster.com)
Yardhouse (downtown Seattle) celebrates veterans and active duty military who have served our country with a complimentary appetizer on November 11, 2022. Dine-in only. No purchase necessary.
2022 More discounts & deals for Veterans Day
Brown Bear Car Wash (multiple Puget Sound locations). Every Veterans Day (November 11), in affiliation with Grace For Vets, as a way of saying “THANK YOU” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash will offer a FREE Beary Clean car wash to all current or former members of the military at Tunnel Car Washes. The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival. Brown Bear Car Wash will proudly donate $1 for each car washed on Veterans Day to support Puget Sound Honor Flight, whose mission is to transport Western Washington war veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. More info: National Guard & Reserve Support | Brown Bear Car Wash
Great Clips: (multiple Puget Sound locations) Veterans & Active Military Members can visit a Great Clips salon on November 11 and receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut gift card to use at a later date. Non-Military Customers who purchase a service at a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day can give a free haircut card to a military service member you know. The cards can be redeemed for a free haircut from November 12 through December 9, 2022. More info: Thank a Veteran | Great Clips
Museum of Flight (MOF) (Seattle): Honoring all of the men and women who have served our country, past and present, the MOF offers FREE Admission for all veterans and activity duty military. This presentation is in-person at the Museum and included with General Admission. FREE Admission for all veterans and activity duty military on November 11, free admission can only be redeemed on-site; not applicable to online sales. More info: Veterans Day Celebration | The Museum of Flight
National parks free entrance. (Multiple locations) Entrance fees for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and standard amenity recreation fees for the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites are waived for current Military Service-members and their dependents, Veterans and Gold Star Families. They now have free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, which host activities to fit any lifestyle, from serene to high octane, including hiking, fishing, paddling, biking, hunting, stargazing, camping, and much more. More info: 2022 free park entrance days in Washington State – Greater Seattle on the Cheap and Veterans, Gold Star Families get free entrance to national parks, refuges, other public lands – VA News
Pilot Flying J | Travel Centers and Gas Station for Fueling (Arlington, Ferndale, Tacoma, Tumwater, plus other locations across WA) In honor of Veterans Day, from November 11 – 13, 2022, service members and their families verified through ID.me in the myRewards Plus app will receive a free meal credit, valued up to $12 at participating Pilot, Flying J and One9 Fuel Network travel centers. This year, the $12 Veterans Day meal credit will be a rolling balance, allowing guests to use any remaining balance the next time they stop over Veterans Day weekend during the offer period. Veteran-founded Pilot Company is also bringing back its record-setting roundup campaign with the Call of Duty Endowment to help more of our nation’s heroes transition to successful civilian careers after military service. Over the last four years, Pilot Company’s partnership with the Endowment has helped place more than 6,000 veterans into meaningful careers after the military. From October 31 – November 13, 2022, guests can join the cause to help veterans find high-quality careers by rounding up their in-store purchase to the nearest whole dollar at any of the company’s owned and operated Pilot, Flying J or One9 Fuel Network travel centers. Pilot Company will donate 100% of the roundup proceeds directly to the Call of Duty Endowment and will match the donations raised up to $100,000.
Red Roof and HomeTowne Studios (locations across WA state and down the I-5 corridor) is an upscale economy hotel chain and offers active military and veteran guests exclusive travel discounts accepted at any location nationwide when traveling on business or on vacation. More info: Government and Military Hotel Discounts | Red Roof
Sports Clips: (multiple Puget Sound locations) stores around the country are collecting donations in-store to help fund their Help A Hero Scholarship Program. Visit your favorite Sport Clips location to make a donation to the program in-store from October 9 through November 12, or text “HERO” to 71777 to donate now. And on Veterans Day, November 11th, participating Sport Clips locations will provide free haircuts to veterans and active-duty service members as well as donate $2 for every haircut service provided on that day. More info: Our Help a Hero Campaign Supports Veterans | Sport Clips 2020
2021 Free meals & food discounts for Veterans Day
(Last checked: October 29, 2022. As we verify these prior year discounts for the current year, will move them to the above list.)
Krispy Kreme (Issaquah, Seattle, Tukwila) 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-thru to redeem the offer (limit one per guest, must present ID).
Red Lobster: (Lynnwood, Silverdale, Federal Way, Tacoma). To thank veterans, active-duty military, and reservists for their service, Red Lobster is offering dine-in guests a free appetizer or dessert on Thursday, November 11. Guests only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer.
Red Robin (multiple Puget Sound locations) is honoring veterans and active military who are members of the Red Robin Royalty loyalty program, or join by November 1. Veterans and Active Military who register for Red Robin Royalty by November 1st will get a Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries added to your account – redeemable one-time, Monday 11/1 – Sunday 11/14 for Dine-In or To-Go. More info: Veterans Day 2021 – Red Robin
Starbucks (multiple Puget Sound locations) will offer a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee for veterans, military service members and military spouses at participating U.S. Starbucks stores On Veterans Day, November 11. 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.
Village Inn (Federal Way) is offering a FREE 2-2-2 Breakfast on Veterans Day to all active and retired military with ID. 2-2-2 includes two eggs, two pancakes and two bacon strips or sausage links.
Weinerschnitzel: (Everett, Fife). On November 11 at participating Wienerschnitzel restaurants nationwide guestscan present a valid military or veteran ID card or wear their military uniform and receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink.. There is a limit of one free meal per veteran or military member.
2021 More discounts & deals for Veterans Day
As we verify these prior year deals for the current year, will move them to the above list.
Grace for Vets is a non-profit organization that exists to honor those who have served or are currently serving our country. This international program unites the car wash industry each year on November 11 to provide FREE car washes to ALL veterans and service personnel. Participating locations in Western Washington:
- General Car Wash, 6101 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203
- Rose Hill Car Wash, Kirkland, WA 98033
- Mr Kleen 76 Station, Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Mercer Island Auto Spa, Mercer Island, WA 98040
- Carwash Of Port Townsend & Auto Detail, Port Townsend, WA 98368
- Auto Spa, Tumwater, WA 98501
- Jet Pro Auto Wash, Wenatchee, WA 98801
- Clean Planet Car Wash, Woodinville, WA 98072
- GTO Car Wash, Yakima, WA 98903
- Brown Bear Tunnel Car Washes (multiple locations). Find a Tunnel Car Wash Near You | Brown Bear Car Wash
- Find another participating car wash near you: http://graceforvets.org/veterans/find-a-wash
Pratt Fine Art Center free workshops for Veterans and their loved ones throughout the week of Veterans Day November 11th includes free classes in wood, jewelry, print, glass, metal, and stone. Spread the word to Veterans in your networks & get excited about intergenerational artistic collaboration. More info: Veteran’s Day free workshops | Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle
Target (multiple Puget Sound locations) thanks military personnel, veterans, and their families with 10% off two separate purchases when they join Target Circle & verify military status. Redeemable Oct 31 – Nov 13 Restrictions apply. More info: Target Circle™ Rewards program
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Calendar of Veteran’s Day Events
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