COLORADO, USA — Each year, many restaurants offer free food and deals to veterans and active-duty military members on Veterans Day to pay it forward as a way of saying "thank you for your service."
Most places require a military ID or proof of service to redeem the offer.
Here is a list of locations offering special deals on Friday, Nov. 11.
All active duty military, veterans, reserves and National Guard can get a free Applebee's in-restaurant full-size entrée from the following choices:
- 6 oz. Top Sirloin
- Double Crunch Shrimp
- Fiesta Lime Chicken
- Chicken Tenders Platter
- Classic Bacon Cheeseburger
- Oriental Chicken Salad
- Three-Cheese Chicken Penne
Guests will also get a $5 bounce back card to redeem for dine-in, to go or delivery within a three-week redemption window.
Those who have served and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces can get a free craft burger of their choice with a valid military ID at Bar Louie.
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Current and former military who dine in can get a free meal and Dr. Pepper from the following menu:
- Bacon Cheeseburger
- Bacon-Guacamole Deluxe Burger
- Deep Dish Ziti
- Grilled Chicken Alfredo
- Jumbo Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Soup/Salad Combo
- Parmesan-Crusted Chicken
- Mediterranean Chicken Pita Tacos
- Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Military ID or other proof of service is required to redeem the offer.
All veterans — including active, retired or former U.S. military — can get a free lunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Service members can choose one of six entrees, plus a drink.
All veterans and active military members can get a free meal for dine-in from the following menu:
- Soup & Salad
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
- Oldtimer with Cheese
- Boneless Wings (6 count)
All veterans and active-duty military can get a free buffet on Veterans Day with a valid active-duty or retired military ID.
Colorado State Parks
Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers veterans, active-duty military and the National Guard free admission to all Colorado state parks on Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans and military members, residents and non-residents, can visit any Colorado state park for free by showing proof of military service. Vehicles displaying a Colorado disabled veteran or Purple Heart license plate receive free entry to all state parks year-round.
All active, non-active and retired military personnel can get a free Grand Slam — two buttermilk pancakes, two bacon strips, two sausage links and two eggs cooked any way — from 5 a.m. to noon, with a valid military ID or DD 214.
Denver Biscuit Company
Complimentary, freshly baked buttermilk biscuits with all the fixings will be served to veterans and their families on Friday, Nov. 11, starting at 8 a.m.
The Veterans Day breakfast is compliments of Alpine Bank and is available at the five Denver Biscuit Company locations in metro Denver: Centennial, Stanley Marketplace, Colfax, S. Broadway and Tennyson.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Military veterans can get a free Pulled Pork Sandwich in-store, for carryout, in the Dickey's app or online using the code VETFREE all day.
Barbecue at Home by Dickey's is also taking 15% off all orders for veterans from Nov. 11 to Dec. 31 with the code VETERAN15.
Dunkin’ is honoring members of the military with a free donut for Veterans Day, giving all retired and active military a free donut of their choice on Friday, Nov. 11 at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide.
All military personnel can get a free lunch of the Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich and the choice of a side. Online orders can use the code VETERAN to redeem the offer. Valid proof of service is required at pickup.
Both locations of FlyteCo Brewing is offering a free beer for military personnel. Also, $1 from each pint sold of their Vets in Jets goes towards the nonprofit Stripes to Bars providing aviation scholarships to veterans.
Military Appreciation Night will be held Monday, Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to close, where military heroes can get a free meal.
Hard Rock Cafe
Select North American cafes are thanking active and retired military members with a free Legendary Burger. The offer is also redeemable with a 15% military discount, so friends and family are encouraged to join.
Veterans and active-duty military who present proof of service or a military ID — with purchase of a beverage —can get a free dinner entrée from the following options:
- 10-Piece Boneless Wings
- Hooters Burger
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich
- Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
Veterans and active duty military can get a free stack of Red, White and Blueberry Pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with military ID or proof of service.
Active and former military personnel, veterans and their immediate families will get 30% off in stores Veterans Day weekend — Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov, 13 — with a valid ID.
Kohl's also offers 15% off in stores every Monday all year long for active and former military personnel, veterans and their immediate families.
Veterans and active military members can get a free lunch combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars' Detroit-style Deep Dish pizza and a 20 oz. Pepsi product, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All veterans and active military can get a free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti with a military ID.
Main Event Entertainment
Main Event Entertainment at 64 Centennial Blvd. in Highlands Ranch will be giving all Veterans a complimentary Classic Cheeseburger Meal from its new "Family Kitchen" plus a 30-minute card for Unlimited Arcade Play.
Maverik — Adventure’s First Stop will offer active military personnel and veterans a complimentary hot beverage including coffee, cappuccino, tea, and hot cocoa any size with the purchase of a donut.
All National Park Service (NPS) sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone on Friday, Nov. 11.
Military veterans and active servicemen and women, as well as their spouses, can get a free Bloomin' Onion and Coca-Cola product.
Outback Steakhouse gives nurses, doctors, medical staff, military veterans, servicemen and women, police, firefighters and first responders 10% off their entire check all day, every day, with valid medical, state or federal service ID.
Veterans, active-duty military and reservists can get a free Red Lobster Walt's Favorite Shrimp, Fries and Coleslaw, with a valid military ID or proof of service. The offer is available for dine-in and to-go orders placed in the restaurant between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Veterans and active duty members can get a free Red Robin Red's Tavern Double, which comes with free refills on Bottomless Steak Fries.
On Friday, Nov. 11, veterans can receive a free handcrafted drink of any size at Scooter’s Coffee. To receive the free drink offer, veterans just need to present their valid military I.D. at a participating Scooter’s Coffee location.
Veterans can get a free Smashburger burger or sandwich, with a valid military ID.
Many Sports Clips locations are offering free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification. Call your local store to check if it's participating.
Also, Sports Clip locations will donate an additional $2 per haircare service Friday to support "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships" for service members and veterans.
Starbucks will offer a free tall hot or iced coffee for veterans, military service members and military spouses at participating U.S. Starbucks stores.
Stargazer Fine Chocolates and Coffee
Denver's Stargazer Fine Chocolates and Coffee will offer a free coffee drink, hot chocolate or tea to any veteran on Friday, Nov. 11.
All active and retired military or military veterans can receive a Texas Roadhouse meal voucher on Friday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7-Eleven, Speedway and Stripes are offering a free Quarter-Pound Big Bite 100% all-beef hot dog in honor of veterans. Available in-store and via delivery through the 7NOW app, this deal is only redeemable on Nov. 11.
All active and retired military personnel can get a free lunch at Twin Peaks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the following options:
- Cheeseburger and fries
- Chicken Tenders and fries
- Pulled Pork Sandwich and fries
- Soup and Salad Lunch Combo
- Chicken Caesar Salad – Guests can swap protein to shrimp.
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum will provide free admission to all veterans and active-duty military from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13 with military ID.
Those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military can get a free Wendy's breakfast combo from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with a valid military ID or Veterans Advantage card.
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