Veterans Day freebies across D.C. region

WASHINGTON — From free meals to free haircuts and free oil changes, many retailers and restaurants are thanking veterans and active duty members of the military for their service this Veterans Day by offering freebies.

The offers listed below are available on Wednesday, Nov. 11 only, unless otherwise specified.

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  • &pizza: Veterans and active service members who show military ID get a free pizza. For more information, click here.
  • Applebees: Free meal for veterans and active duty military. For more information, click here.
  • Arlington National Cemetery: The free National Veterans Day Observance begins with a Prelude Concert at 10:30 a.m., but you’re encouraged to arrive early. For more information, click here.
  • Bar Louie: Free appetizer or entree for veterans and active military on both Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Nov. 11. For more information, click here.
  • Bob Evans: Free breakfast for veterans and active military. For more information, click here.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: At participating locations from 4-7 p.m., free small wings and side of fries for veterans and active duty members of the military. For more information, click here.
  • Buffalo Wing Factory: 10 free wings or bites for active or retired military. For more information, click here.
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Free entree from a special menu for all veterans and active military. For more information, click here.
  • California Tortilla: Active duty and retired military get a free taco. For more information, click here.
  • Calvert Marine Museum: Free admission for veterans, active military and their families. For more information, click here.
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Free appetizer for veterans and active duty military now through Sunday, Nov. 15. For more information, click here.
  • Car washes: Current members of the military and veterans can get a free car wash through Grace For Vets. For more information, click here.
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise: At select restaurants, members of the military get a free burger and fries. For more information, click here.
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar: Free meal from a special menu for veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Military families get free admission Friday, Nov. 6 through Wednesday, Nov. 11. For more information, click here.
  • Cracker Barrel: Military veterans get a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake. For more information, click here.
  • Denny’s: 5 a.m.-noon at participating restaurants, active, inactive and retired members of the military get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam. For more information, click here.
  • Fabbioli Wines: Free tastings for active and retired military. For more information, click here.
  • Fairfax County Park Authority RECenters: Free admission for veterans, active duty military personnel and their families. For more information, click here.
  • Fair Winds Brewing Company: Veterans will have their first beer paid for by thankful customers. For more information, click here.
  • Famous Dave’s: At all 10 locations in Maryland as well as the Falls Church and Sterling locations in Virginia, St. Louis-style spareribs will be handed out free to members of the military and their families in the parking lot while supplies last starting at 11 a.m.  Inside, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., current and former members of the military get a free appetizer or dessert. For more information, click here.
  • Friendly’s: Veterans get a free Big-Two Do Breakfast and cup of coffee, or free All American Burger for lunch or dinner. For more information, click here.
  • Golden Corral: 5-9 p.m., free Military Appreciation Night dinner for anyone who has served or is serving in the U.S. military. For more information, click here.
  • Good Stuff Eatery: Free Veterans Day Shake with purchase of a burger for active duty and retired veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Great Clips: Pay for a hair service and you’ll get a card good for a free haircut to give away to a veteran while supplies last. For more information, click here.
  • The Greene Turtle: Active military and veterans get a free menu item from a select menu with purchase. For more information, click here.
  • Haute Dogs & Fries: Veterans get free fries. For more information, click here.
  • Heritage Brewing Co.: All veterans get a free hot dog and beer. For more information, click here.
  • Hooters: At participating locations, active duty military and veterans get a free entree from a limited menu with purchase of a drink. For more information, click here.
  • Ice Cream Jubilee: Buy one get one free regular scoops when you show military ID. For more information, click here.
  • IHOP: At participating restaurants, free Red, White and Blue pancakes for members of the military. For more information, click here.
  • IKEA: The Baltimore, College Park and Woodbridge locations are offering a free entree for active, reserve or retired military service members Nov. 8-11. For more information, click here.
  • iPic Theater Bethesda: Veterans get a free premium ticket. For more information, click here.
  • Krispy Kreme: Veterans and active duty military get a free doughnut and free small coffee. For more information, click here.
  • Little Caesar’s: At participating locations, veterans and active military get a free $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo. For more information, click here.
  • Long John Silver’s: Free 2-piece fish basket for veterans Monday, Nov. 9 through Friday, Nov. 13. For more information, click here.
  • Meineke: Free basic oil change for veterans at participating locations. For more information, click here.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Free 6 ounce frozen yogurt for veterans and active duty military. For more information, click here.
  • Mission BBQ: Veterans get a free sandwich and free cake while it lasts. For more information, click here.
  • MOD Pizza: Free MOD size pizza or salad to all veterans and active duty military. For more information, click here.
  • Mount Vernon: All active duty, former and retired military get in free. For more information, click here.
  • Moving help: Veterans in the Charlottesville, Baltimore and Richmond areas can take advantage of an offer from a company called Bellhops. They’ll give you two bellhops and one hour of free labor for moving and lifting jobs.  A travel charge may apply. For more information, click here.
  • National Parks: Every park is open free of charge to all. For more information, click here.
  • National World War II Memorial: Free 9 a.m. Veterans Day observance, during which veterans, including former Senator Robert “Bob” Dole, are scheduled to lay wreaths at the Freedom Wall. For more information, click here.
  • Old Europe Restaurant: Free lunch chef special for veterans from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. while supplies last. For more information, click here.
  • Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro: Free burger for veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Old Town Dolci Gelati: Free gelato, pastry or coffee for all veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Olive Garden: Free entree for veterans and active duty military. For more information, click here.
  • On the Border: At participating restaurants, a free Choose 2 or Choose 3 Create Your Own Combo worth up to $10.79 for veterans and active duty military. For more information, click here.
  • Outback: Free Bloomin’ Onion and drink for members of the military.  Those who are deployed can get a rain check to enjoy the giveaway later. For more information, click here.
  • Paragon Theaters: Free small popcorn for all veterans and their family members. For more information, click here.
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Free small coffee or tea for active duty members of the military and veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Red Hot & Blue: Monday, Nov. 9 through Wednesday, Nov. 11, free entree (worth up to $10) for active, inactive and retired members of the military with purchase of an entree and two drinks with coupon. For more information, click here.
  • Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert for current and former members of the military Nov. 9-12. For more information, click here.
  • Red Robin: Veterans and active duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries. For more information, click here.
  • Ruby Tuesday: At participating locations, active duty and reserve service members as well as veterans get a free appetizer. For more information, click here.
  • Sbarro: Veterans and active military get 2 free breadsticks with any purchase Nov. 9-15. For more information, click here.
  • Sheetz: Free 6-inch turkey sub and regular fountain drink (and a free $7 car wash where available) for current servicemen and women and veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Smokey Bones: Free entree from a limited menu for veterans and active military. For more information, click here.
  • Sport Clips: Some area locations are offering free haircuts to active duty U.S. service members and veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Starbucks: Free tall brewed coffee for active duty members of the military, reservists, veterans and military spouses. For more information, click here.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch (an entree and a drink) for active, former and retired members of the military. For more information, click here.
  • TGI Friday’s: From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free lunch for veterans and active duty military. For more information, click here.
  • Tijuana Flats: Free entree for veterans and active military. For more information, click here.
  • Uno Chicago Grill: Members of the military past and present get a free entree or individual pizza with entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value. For more information, click here.
  • Ventnor Sports Cafe: Veterans drink free Yeungling Lager until midnight. For more information, click here.
  • Virginia State Parks: Parking fees will be waived for all visitors, and special programs will be offered. For more information, click here.
  • Wawa: Free any size coffee for veterans, active military and their family members. For more information, click here.
  • Wayback Burgers: Free Wayback Classic Cheeseburger for active military personnel and veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Whole Foods Market Ashburn: Free coffee for all veterans. For more information, click here.
  • World of Beer: Veterans and current servicemen and servicewomen get a free beer, where legal. For more information, click here.

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter and anchor at WTOP.

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