Veterans Day honors American veterans and is a holiday intended to thank those who have dedicated their lives to defend this great country and honor the sacrifices they have made to keep our country free. As the home for many veterans, Los Angeles offers some of the best deals and freebies found anywhere including free event tickets, discounts on food and clothing and more. We’ve put together the definitive list of where to get some the best Veterans Day freebies in and around Los Angeles. After all, a simple thank you will never be enough to express how thankful we all are for their service.
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)
www.cpk.comEnjoy a free pizza and non-alcoholic beverage with proof of military service this Veterans Day at any California Pizza Kitchen. The deal is for dine-in only. There are multiple locations throughout Los Angeles and surrounding locations to choose from. Make sure to come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.
www.applebees.comThis Veterans Day, Applebee’s is offering a free meal to all military veterans and active-duty service members. Choose from 7 entrees but beverage and gratuity is not included. Be sure to bring your Military ID or proof of service!
McCormick & Schmick’s
www.mccormickandschmicks.comEnjoy a special Veterans Day menu including Salmon Rigatoni, Buttermilk Fried Shrimp, Cedar Planked or Grilled Salmon, Blackened Chicken and others for free. While most other freebies are on Veterans Day itself, McCormick & Schmick’s’ offer is for the day before Veterans Day. The offer is for dine in and make sure to bring in official verification. To learn more about the special menu, visit The Veterans Day Promotion
www.olivegarden.comIf you are a veteran or active duty service member, enjoy 10% off your entire meal at Olive Garden for the month of November as part of their Military Family Appreciation Month. In addition, this Veterans Day, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from their special menu. Any family dining with a veteran will also receive 10% off their meal.
www.hooters.comStop by any Hooters restaurant location this Veterans Day and enjoy a free meal on them! The Veterans Day freebee applies to all veterans and active duty military however some restrictions do apply so check with your local restaurant.
www.krispykreme.comWhat’s better than a doughnut from Krispy Kreme? A free doughnut. If you’re an active duty service member or veteran, Krispy Kreme is honoring all vets with a free doughnut and small coffee this Veterans Day with no purchase necessary. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Kristy Kreme is participating.
www.tgifridays.comThis Veterans Day, lunch is free at TGI Fridays. Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans, you will be able to choose from any item off the lunch menu for free. Please come dressed in your uniform or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations so be sure to check.
www.greatclips.comWhen we see men and women in military uniforms, many of us want to walk up and thank them for devoting their lives to preserving this country’s freedom. As a gesture to say thank you, Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand, is offering their “Thank a Veteran” promotion this Veterans Day. On Veterans Day, customers who come in for a haircut at any Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active, inactive or retired military member for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use any day before the end of the year. Show your appreciation today and come into any Great Clips location.
The Home Depot
www.homedepot.comAside from the Celebration of Service campaign that The Home Depot runs throughout the year to support veterans by transforming homes for service members, this Veterans Day, the store will offer a 10% discount off anything purchased. In addition to Veterans Day, The Home Depot also extends the discount year round for active duty and retirees.
www.jcpenney.comThis Veterans Day, JC Penney salutes all current and former military personnel and their families with a special discount to say thank you. Visit a store today and veterans as well as family members enjoy an extra 20% off on purchases in-store (some exclusions may apply) from November 6-11. Make sure to bring your proof of service.
www.lowes.comThis home improvement needs store honors all armed service members this Veterans Day as well as on Memorial Day and the 4th of July. During these three holiday weekends, a discount of 10% is extended to all veterans who served honorably and who present a valid form or proof of service. The Lowe’s Military Discount is also available throughout the year for veterans as well as immediate family of those currently serving. The discount applies for in store purchases only.
www.footlocker.comFoot locker is proud to honor active duty military, military veterans and their families with a 20% discount every day of the year when they sign up for the Veterans Advantage Card.
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
www.knotts.comKnott’s annual tribute to the military, past and present, starts November 4th and it offers free admission for veterans currently serving along with one guest with proper I.D. In addition, an additional 6 discounted tickets are extended as part of the offer. This Veterans Day, visit the famed theme park and ride the coasters for free!
Grammy Museum at L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
www.grammymuseum.orgLocated at Los Angeles’ L.A. Live complex, the famed Grammy Museum serves up a $2.00 discount to all military members on tickets who present a military ID.
Joshua Tree National Park
Channel Islands National Park
www.nps.gov/chis/Within a short distance of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park and Channel Islands National Park are the closest of the parks to the city however all national parks throughout the country are offering free entrance for service members this Veterans Day.
Jordan Schlecter is the features editor of CBSLA.com.