Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11, and there’s no way to completely thank our military members for their service.
That being said, would a free meal, a new haircut or some cool discounts be a good start?
In honor of Veterans Day, several Indianapolis restaurants and businesses are offering freebies and discounts to current and former military service members Saturday. Make sure to verify participating locations before you go.
All discounts apply to both active-duty military personnel and veterans unless otherwise specified. Be sure to bring along proof of your service.
Here’s who has freebies and deals for veterans:
Early bird specials
Aspen Creek Grill: Free lunch from special menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Bar Louie: Free flatbread or burger for veterans and active military.
IHOP: Get a free stack of Red, White and Blue pancakes or a patriotic pancake combo from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at participating locations. Deal varies by location.
Veterans Day free eats
Arni’s: Free entree up to $10 for active duty military and veterans with proof of service. Dine-in only.
Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.
Bruegger’s Bagels: Free small drip coffee.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Free appetizer.
Chuck E. Cheese: Free personal one-topping pizza to veterans, active duty personnel and eligible dependents with military ID, proof of service and promo code 5500. The chain also has daily military discounts.
Cicis Pizza: Free adult buffet.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Veterans get a free sandwich, savory side and a Big Yellow Cup from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Grindstone Charley’s: Free meal off a special Freedom Menu.
Hooters: Free meal from special menu.
Houlihan’s: Free meal from select menu. Offers vary by location.
Little Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert. Plus guests dining with veterans will receive 10% off their meals.
Main Event: Free meal and $10 FUNcard. Locations open until 5 p.m. Saturday.
Max & Erma’s: Free Best Cheeseburger in America meal for veterans and active military. Meal includes 1/2-pound cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries and a fountain drink.
Michaelangelo’s Italian Bistro: Free meal off special Freedom Menu.
Mimi Blue Meatballs: Free slider to all veterans and active service members.
O’Charley’s: Free meal from the “$9.99er Menu.” Plus get a $5 off $20 voucher for your next visit. Offers may vary by location. O’Charley’s offers a 10 percent military discount year-round.
Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu.
On the Border: Free combo meal.
Orange Leaf Yogurt: Free frozen yogurt up to 11 ounces.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage.
Panera Bread: Free breakfast sandwiches until 10 a.m. Saturday at participating locations. After 10 a.m., military members get a coupon for a free pastry to use on a future visit.
Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven meal.
Pie Five Pizza: Free customized pizza.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Free meal.
Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse Saturday. Unrelated to the Veterans Day deal, Starbucks has a buy one holiday drink, get one free deal 2 to 5 p.m.Thursday through Nov. 13 from
Texas Roadhouse: Free meal from a special menu and choice of non-alcoholic drink.
TGI Friday’s: Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Plus get a coupon for $5 off next meal.
Tijuana Flats: Free meal.
Vitality Bowls: Free smoothies to veterans at all corporate and participating franchise locations.
Veterans Day discount meals
Capriotti’s: Buy one sandwich, get one free.
Fogo de Chão: 50% off meals for veterans and active duty personnel Friday through Sunday. Plus up to three guests get 10% off their meals at all U.S. locations.
Post-Veterans Day munchies
Twin Peaks: Vets get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 13.
More Veterans Day freebies
Crew Carwash: Free car wash for veterans and active military members Saturday at all 30 locations across Indiana. To get this deal, say that you’re a veteran and would like the free car wash.
Great Clips: Veterans and active duty get a free haircut on Veterans Day or pick up a free haircut card to use through Dec. 31. Also non-veterans who get a haircut Saturday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
Meineke: Free basic oil change Saturday.
Sports Clips: Through its Help A Hero campaign, participating stores offer free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification. Stores also are collecting money for scholarships.
Topgolf: Complimentary lifetime membership, 10 percent off gameplay and 20 percent off all other memberships on Saturday for active duty military and veterans, police, fire and EMS personnel. Patrons can donate to Folds of Honor to raise money for scholarships for children and spouses of fallen or disabled service members.
Bed Bath & Beyond: 25 percent off entire purchase through Nov. 12, in-store only.
Fresh Market: 10 percent off Saturday for veterans and spouses. Not valid on alcohol or gift cards.
Giant Eagle Inc.’s GetGo: Free cup of coffee for veterans with military ID or veteran’s card. This offer is available daily.
LIDS: 25 percent off online and 50 percent custom embroidery in-store Saturday. A military ID is required.
World Market: 25 percent off entire purchase through Nov. 12, in-store only.
Veterans on the go
Museums: Across the country, many museums including the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, are offering free admission for veterans Saturday. Some also are offering discounts for family members. Many zoos and aquariums nationwide will have free admission too.
Recreation areas: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day.
Red Roof: 40 percent off discount for active duty or retired military members when they book on www.redroof.com through Nov. 22 with its Home for the Holidays discount good for stays through the end of February.
Super 8: 20 percent discount for active military members, veterans and their families for trips booked now through Dec. 4 and taken by July 31. Also veterans get preferred parking. Learn more at www.super8.com/military.
Westgate Resorts: The company is honoring U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away 1,500 free vacations. Beginning Friday at 9 a.m. EST, the first 1,500 eligible service members to complete the online military appreciation form at www.westgatesalutes.com and place a fully refundable $100 deposit can sign up for either one of 1,400 complimentary four-day, three-night vacations for up to four people at Westgate Town Center Resort & Spa, May 3-6, or one of 100 three-day, two-night vacations for up to two people at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Dec. 8-10, 2017.