Veterans Day is here, and there are many restaurants and companies around the Charlotte are who want to thank our veterans by providing them with discounts or a free meal. Also in honor of the day, CMS schools will be closed, as will South Carolina state offices and federal offices. The Postal Service won't run, but UPS and FedEx will operate as normal. Know of a celebration that needs to be added to this list? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact me via Facebook or Twitter.
Veterans Day Closings for Monday, Nov. 11, 2012:
- Federal offices: Closed
- N.C., S.C. state offices: Closed
- Charlotte city offices: Open
- Mecklenburg County offices: Open
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Closed
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg libraries: Open
- Banks: Closed
- Buses, light rail: Normal schedule
- Compost Central: Open
- Garbage pickup: Normal schedule
- Mecklenburg ABC stores: Open
- S.C. ABC stores: Open
- FedEx: Open
- UPS: Open
- U.S. Postal Service: Closed
Free Meals On Veterans Day
Most of these restaurants offering meals do require some form of military ID – including a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Also, its always best to call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.
Veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger, Three-Cheese Chicken & Sundried Tomato Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Chicken Tenders Platter or Oriental Chicken Salad. Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification or be in uniform.
Stop into any Boston Market on Veterans Day and show your military ID and receive a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal.
California Pizza Kitchen
On Monday, November 11, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to get any pizza from our menu for free (dine-in only). Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service. Offer valid at participating CPK restaurants, excluding Guam, airport, stadium and university locations.
Carrabba’s Free Appertizer
All active and retired veterans can receive a free appetizer from Nov. 9th to Nov. 11th at participating locations.
Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu on Monday Nov. 11th. Must show proof of military service.
Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes
All active, inactive and retired military personnel, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 11th and at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide, diners with a valid military ID will receive free all-you-can-eat pancakes.
Einstein Bagels Free Bagel and Shmear
This Veterans Day from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all active, inactive and retired military personnel are invited to receive a Free Signature or Classic Bagel and Shmear, or any other topping, and no purchase is necessary.
Fatz Eatz and Drinkz
On this Veteran’s Day, 11/11/2013, Veterans and Active Duty military can enjoy a free entrée up to a $15 value. No purchase required! Also, each veteran will receive a $2 coupon for use on his or her next visit.
Fox & Hound Tavern
Veterans and active duty military get a free burger on Veterans Day 2013.
Golden Corral Free Meal
Monday November 11th from 4 PM to 9 PM get a free Veterans Day buffet and beverage to any veteran who has served in the United States military or is a current active duty service member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating. No identification is required to get your free Veterans day meal.
Hooters Free Meal
Monday, Nov. 11, Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a free meal, up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country.
November 9 – 11, 2013 veteras get a free entrée which includes a sandwich, hot dish or entrée salad. Value up to $9.99. Not valid with any other discount or offer.
Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & Coffee
Offering a free doughnut and coffee to all those served or currently are serving. Proof of military service required or those in uniform. Only at participating locations.
Little Caesars Free Crazy Bread
All United States armed forces veterans and active military members get a free order of Crazy Bread with proof of military status at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day, 11/11/13.
Longhorn Steakhouse Free App
From Nov. 11 – Nov. 14, service members receive a complimentary appetizer from a list of 10 delicious options, including New! Crispy Fried Green Beans, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms and Sweet Chili Shrimp. Includes veterans and current service members.
Max & Erma’s Free Cheeseburger Combo Meal with Dessert
On Veterans Day, Monday Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a Cheeseburger, choice of soup or salad and a chocolate chip cookie.
McCormick and Schmick’s Free Entree
Enjoy a complimentary entree on Sunday November 10th, 2013. All veterans must show official verification. Veterans Day entrees must be enjoyed at the restaurant. No to-go orders permitted.
O’Charley’s free meal
On Monday, November 11 all veterans and all active-duty military personnel will have their choice of one of nine meals on the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu. Options include O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders & Twisted Chips, Cowboy Sirloin, Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie and Santa Fe Tilapia, among others.
Olive Garden Free Meal
All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day. Also, all November current military service members and their families get 10% off in honor of Military Appreciation Month.
On The Border Free Entree
All veterans and active duty military will receive a free entree from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on Monday, November 11, 2013. OTB will also donate 15% of all eligible sales on Veterans Day from guests who bring in a give-back flyer.
Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage
Military personnel and veterans get a Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage. Must have valid identification. Plus, get 10% off all meals from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
Red Lobster Free App & drink
From Nov. 11 – Nov. 14, service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage. Includes veterans and current service members.
Red Robin Free Burger and Fries
All Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Monday, Nov. 11.
Starbucks Free Coffee
This Veterans Day veterans, active duty military and their spouses get a free tall brewed coffee at participating U.S. company-owned stores.
Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch
Select from a free special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides no November 11th, 2013.
TGI Fridays Free Lunch
Veterans and active duty military service members are invited have lunch on T.G.I Friday’s this Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Great Clips is offering free haircuts to all Military on Nov. 11th. Also, any civilians who come in for a haircut will be given a "free haircut card" that can be given to a member of the Military to use in the future.