Free Veterans Day Events Throughout California

This Veterans Day will be the 98th time our nation has celebrated the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces with a national day of remembrance and honor.

One way businesses and restaurants throughout the state will honor those who have donned the nation’s uniform and protected our freedoms will be with a free meal or entry into their establishment.

CalVet has gathered a list of restaurants and businesses offering deals to veterans, current servicemembers and military families.

Please note: We recommend you call specific locations to make sure they are taking part in the promotions and ask in advance what proof of service they will need to see. (P.S. Getting veteran designation on your driver license or ID card makes it easy to prove your service!)

Aerospace Museum of California

The Aerospace Museum is offering free admission to all guests on Veterans Day.


Applebee’s will offer veterans and active-duty service members a free meal on Nov. 11.

Aquarium of the Pacific

Veterans and military personnel who show valid service ID receive free admission on November 11, 2017.

Back Yard Burger

Back Yard Burger will be offering a free classic burger to all active-duty military members and veterans who show ID or proof of service.

BJ’S Brewery

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will provide complimentary food on Veterans Day to show their support for all the service men and women.

Boston Market

Veterans can enjoy a buy 1 and get 1 free individual meal and drink this Saturday at Boston Market.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Veterans can enjoy free wings and fries on Saturday at all U.S. locations.

California Pizza kitchen

On Veterans Day, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to select a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu including pizza, salads and pasta.

California State Railroad Museum

Partake in a free excursion train ride on the Sacramento Southern Railroad at 11 a.m., noon, 1p.m., 2p.m., and 3p.m., and earn free museum admission for veterans and active duty members of the military who show proof of service.


Get a free 8oz sirloin steak dinner with an all-you-can-eat salad, bread, baked potato and beans on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for active, inactive, and retired military personnel.


Veterans and active-duty military members get a free entree on Nov. 11.

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel is giving veterans a free slice of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert on Nov. 11.

Craftworks Restaurants

At participating locations, active-duty military and veterans can enjoy a free craft beer. Craftwork restaurants include Gordon Biersch, Rock Bottom,Old Chicago Pizza, ChopHouse, Big River Grille, Bluewater Grille, A1A Ale Works, Ragtime Tavern, and Seven Bridge.


All active-duty military members and veterans get a free “Build Your Own Grand Slam” pancake meal at Denny’s Friday, Nov. 10 from 5 a.m. to noon.

Dunkin’ Donuts

On Nov. 11, Dunkin’ Donuts will be offering a free doughnut to all veterans and active duty military.

East Bay Regional District Park

The East Bay Regional Park District welcomes all active and retired military personnel to our parks as guests who receive free day-use parking, and admission at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral will host a Military Appreciation Day Monday, Nov. 13. All customers with military ID get a free meal.


Veterans and active duty-military get a free meal from a selected menu on Nov. 11.


Anyone with a military ID gets a free order of pancakes on Friday, Nov. 10.

Knotts Berry Farm

Active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel may receive free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm for themselves and one guest from November 1 – 16 and November 27 – December 15.

Little Caesars

Little Caesars will offer veterans and active service members a free $5 “Hot-and-Ready-Lunch Combo” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Longhorn Steakhouse

Veterans and active military with ID or proof of service will get a free appetizer and 10 percent off their order all day on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

On Veterans Day, active and former military can enjoy a complimentary dessert, and a 20% discount with proof of service. Veterans receive 20% off the entire month of November for ‘Military Family Month.

Lyon Air Museum

Veterans, retired military, and active duty military will receive free museum admission to the Lyon Air Museum on Veterans Day.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

Veterans can order free lunch or dinner entrees this Saturday as part of Veterans Day.

Mimi’s Cafe

U.S. Veterans or active duty military personnel can select food items from a special menu on Veterans Day for free. A drink purchase and proof of service is required.

Nuvision Credit Union

Nuvision Credit Union is offering free breakfast and a tank of gas to all active military and veterans on Veterans Day, November 11 from 8-10am at the Mobil Station at 16001 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach. Nuvision staff will fill up one free tank of gas, up to 20 gallons per automobile, for anyone with a valid veteran or military ID.

Olive Garden

Veterans and active-duty military can get a free meal from a limited menu at Olive Garden on Saturday, Nov. 11. Beverages are not included in the offer.


Omnitrans is offering free rides to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Outback Steakhouse

Get a free a “bloomin’ onion” and non-alcoholic beverage at Outback Steakhouse on Nov. 11 if you are a veteran or an active service member.

Red Lobster

Anyone with valid military ID can get a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu on Nov. 11.

Ruby Tuesday

Veterans and active-duty military with valid ID can get a free appetizer valued up to $10 on Nov. 11.

Sacramento Zoo

The zoo will offer 50% off admission for veterans, active duty military, and their families with valid ID.

Sequoia Park Zoo

On Saturday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, everyone receives free admission to the zoo.


Active-duty military and veterans, as well as their spouses, can get a free tall coffee on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Texas Roadhouse

Active-duty military members and veterans with valid ID get a free lunch from a selected menu on Nov. 11.


On Saturday, November 11, guests who show their military ID will be treated to a free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.–2 p.m. local time.

USS Midway Museum

Veterans and active military members and their families receive free admission to the museum with a maximum of 4 admissions per military ID.

World of Beer

Veterans and active-duty service members can get a free select draft beer (where it’s legal) or $5 off their check on Nov. 11.

Yosemite National Park

Free admission for all veterans and military members on Saturday.


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