Veterans Day freebies and deals

WASHINGTON — In honor of Veterans Day, here are numerous freebies and discounts for veterans and active-duty members of the military, including meals, haircuts, museum admission, car washes and more. Many require you to show a military ID.

WTOP has also included some Veterans Day events and offers that are available to everyone.

Things to do

Colonial Williamsburg: Free admission for all active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, National Guardsmen and their immediate dependents through Nov. 12.

Target: Active-duty members of the military and veterans can take 10 percent off their in-store or online purchase through Nov. 12.

Mattress Firm: Veterans, first responders and their families get 20 percent off any purchase through Nov. 13.

Monticello: Veterans get complimentary admission through Nov. 12. Admission for active-duty military personnel is free year-round.

Mount Vernon: Free admission through Nov. 12 for all active-duty, former or retired military personnel.

National Archives: Special events are happening thorough Nov. 16 to honor Vietnam War veterans. Vietnam-era helicopters are on display on the National Archives’ front lawn. The “Remembering Vietnam” exhibition continues through Jan. 6.

Newseum: Free admission through Nov. 12 for veterans and active-duty members of the military plus one guest.

Food and drinks

Bagel City: Veterans get a free bagel with cream cheese and a free cup of coffee on Nov. 12.

Brabo Brasserie: Free hors d’oeuvre for veterans and active duty military through Nov. 12.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Veterans and active military members with a valid ID can get a free hot or iced drip coffee, any size Nov. 12.

Denny’s: Until noon on Nov. 12, veterans and military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam while supplies last.

Le Diplomate: Veterans and active-duty military personnel get a free Burger Americain on Nov. 12.

Doukenie Vineyards + Winery: Active members of the military and veterans can partake in free wine tasting (normally $12) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Famous Dave’s: On Nov. 12, former and current members of the military get a free 2 Meat Salute.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Bring a veteran or active-duty service member for lunch or dinner Nov. 12, and their meal is free.

Golden Corral: Nov. 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is Military Appreciation Night. Free dinner for active-duty and retired military.

Texas de Brazil: On Nov. 12, two veterans per table dine free, plus six additional guests get 20 percent off.

Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro: Veterans and active-duty military members who visit for lunch or dinner on Nov. 12 get a free burger.

Osteria Morini: From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 12, handmade pasta entrees will be just $15 (they are normally $17-$32). Anyone — not just veterans — can take advantage of the offer.

Red Lobster: On Nov. 12, veterans, active-duty military and reservists with a valid military ID can choose a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu.


Smile Direct Club: Active military members and veterans get $200 off their invisible aligner purchase through Nov.12 at any U.S. shop.

Travel and lodging

Amtrak: Through Nov. 13, veterans and active-duty military personnel can save 20 percent on tickets purchased on for travel between Nov. 27 and May 31, 2019. Use promo code “V111” and select passenger type “F.”

B&Bs for Vets: About 500 inns and bed-and-breakfasts nationwide are offering veterans at least one free night on or around Veterans Day.

Super 8 by Wyndham: From Oct. 16 through Dec. 11, 2018, any current or retired military personnel,veterans and their families who book and stay at participating Super 8 hotels in the U.S. and Canada can take advantage of Super 8’s 20 percent off military discount. Additionally, guests that book using this offer through a Wyndham direct booking channel will be automatically enrolled into Wyndham Rewards and eligible for 500 bonus points. Learn more at

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