As a military family living in the tri-base area we are lucky that many places offer military discounts and specials on a regular basis. But on Veterans Day, businesses roll out the red carpet and offer tons of freebies to military members and their families. With Veterans Day falling on a Saturday, many places have extended their specials to include Friday and/or Sunday.
In addition to enjoying free food all day (seriously, you can get every meal free!), there are a bunch of free activities available around the First Coast. (Even free hair cuts thanks to Great Clips!) Enjoy free admission to MOSH and the Jacksonville Zoo. Target is even offering Veterans and their families 10% OFF their purchases from November 7th through 11th.
Here are some of the best Veterans Day deals in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.
Things to Do
City of Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade – A yearly tradition, the Veterans Day Parade is on Saturday, November 11th beginning at 11:01 am with a route starting at Everbank Field and continuing through downtown Jacksonville. This patriotic parade features more than 4,000 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more! For more information, visit makeascenedowntown.com.
Museum of Science & History (MOSH) – On Saturday, November 11, MOSH salutes veterans with FREE admission for active and retired military personnel who present a valid military I.D. and their children ages 3 through 12.
Castillo de San Marcos – FREE admission to the fort for military on Saturday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. The fort is open from 8:45am to 5:00pm.
Florida State Parks – FREE entry to any Florida State Park on Saturday, November 11th. User fees for camping, canoe and kayak rentals and other services still apply.
The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair – Military and dependents are admitted FREE to the Jax Fair on Thursday, November 9th with valid military IDs. Unlimited mechanical ride armbands can be purchased for $10.
Great Clips – Veterans can enjoy a FREE hair cut or receive a card valid for a free hair cut at a later date. Non-military customers who receive a hair cut on Veteran’s Day will get a free hair cut card for a veteran they know.
World Golf Hall of Fame – Military members and their families can enjoy FREE entry to the World Golf Hall of Fame from Friday, November 10th to Sunday, November 12th.
Target – November 7th through 11th all active duty military, veterans and their spouse and/or dependent children are eligible to receive a 10% discount on purchases in store and on Target.com.
Places to Eat
Buffalo Wild Wings – Active duty and retired service members can receive a FREE small traditional or boneless wings and side of fries on Saturday, November 11th.
Chicken Salad Chick – Every Veteran receives a FREE Chick Meal and drink on Friday, November 10th. Must show valid military ID, VA ID, or DD214.
Cracker Barrel – This Veterans Day, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will thank the men and women who have served our country by offering military veterans a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Denny’s – Service members can enjoy a FREE Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast meal on Friday, November 10th from 5am to noon.
Publix – Military personnel, veterans, and their families are invited to save 10% on their grocery purchases on Saturday, November 11th.
Red Robin – Enjoy a FREE Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless fries with proof of service on Saturday, November 11th.
Other Restaurants Offering Veterans Day Deals:
- Applebees (FREE entree)
- BJ’s Restaurant (FREE entree)
- Bob Evans (FREE entree)
- California Pizza Kitchen (FREE entree)
- Cantina Laredo (FREE entree)
- Chilis (FREE entree)
- Dunkin Donuts (FREE donut)
- Friendly’s (FREE entree)
- Hooters (FREE entree)
- IKEA (FREE entree)
- Krystals (FREE sausage biscuit)
- Little Caesars (FREE pizza)
- O’Charleys (FREE entree)
- Olive Garden (FREE entree)
- Red Lobster (FREE appetizer or dessert)
- Ruby Tuesday (FREE appetizer)
- Texas Roadhouse (FREE lunch)
- Tijuana Flats (FREE entree)
- TGI Fridays (FREE lunch)
- Wild Wing Cafe (FREE entree)