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Free admission for Veterans Day 2019
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: for Free admission to the Zoo for Veterans and current Military members, and their immediate families on Monday, November 11.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: All members of the military will receive FREE admission to the Zoo on Veterans Day. The offer also allows military personnel to purchase up to six (6) half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family. Military personnel who qualify for the free admission ticket and discount offer for family members include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID.
Wexner Center for the Arts: Free gallery admission (always) for veterans and active military members in support of Vets at the Wex, an ongoing public program that works with veterans and their loved ones, many living with the symptoms of traumatic brain injury or PTSD. Just show military or veteran ID.
Free admission for military at Newport Aquarium: November 11 to 17, 2019. Active or retired member of the military, a disabled veteran, military reservist, or anyone who has ever served in the Armed Forces, just show your Military I.D.* at the Newport Aquarium ticket window to receive your free admission. Accompanying family members and friends can receive discounts of $3 off adult and $2 off child (ages 2-12) admission.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad invites veterans, active military, first responders, and their family members (limit 4 total) for a complimentary two-hour round trip through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on November 11. Enjoy the scenery and ride the rails through the park. A concession car will be made available throughout the duration of the train ride. A Color Guard demonstration will be held at 9:45 a.m. at Akron Northside Station and 10 a.m. at Rockside Station. Upon boarding passengers will be served water and a treat.
Akron Northside Station, 27 Ridge Street, Akron, OH 44308
Color Guard Ceremony at 9:45 a.m., Train Departs at 10:00 AM
Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131
Color Guard Ceremony at 10:00 AM, Train Departs at 10:15 AM
Pro Football Hall of Fame: A partnership with Goodyear provides free admission and parking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for veterans, National Guard Reservists, and active military, plus one guest, from November 1-11, 2019. Throughout the rest of November and every day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, veterans and active military receive $5 off Museum admission and their spouses and dependents (under 18) receive $3 off. In addition, free parking will be provided for the month of November.
Colonial Williamsburg -- Military families can receive a free admission ticket during Veterans Day weekend.
National Parks: FREE admission for all on November 11.
Stan Hywet Hall - To show our appreciation, and because we are closed on Mondays, we are offering complimentary slf-guided tours to all veterans and members of the military on Sunday Nov. 10. Please present your military ID upon arrival. The hall is located at 714 North Portage Path Akron OH 44303.
LEGOLAND Florida: All veterans can get free admission to LEGOLAND Florida from Nov. 1-25 this year. They may also purchase up to six guest tickets at a 50 percent discount. Plus, on Nov. 11, visiting veterans can also receive a discount on food and other deals. Find more information here.
Liberty Aviation Museum: On Nov. 10-11, admission is free. 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton.
Restaurants deals for Veterans Day 2019
Applebees – Choice of free entree from a special menu on November 11, dine in only; proof of service required.
Bar Louie: Free flatbread or burger for veterans and active duty military with military I.D. on November 11. Polaris location is confirmed, details for Arena District not released as of 10/23.
BJ’s Restaurant: On November 11 all military members who dine-in restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $14.95 plus a free Dr Pepper beverage by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
Bob Evans: Free meal on November 11, 2019. Choice of six favorite meals, including: Stack of Hotcakes, Fresh Baked Brioche French Toast, Country Biscuit Breakfast, Mini Sampler Breakfast, Soup and Salad Combo, and Country Fried Steak Dinner. One free item from this menu only valid for Veterans and Active Duty Military personnel on November 11, 2019 at all Bob Evans Restaurants. Dine-in only, beverage not included. Not valid with other offers, discounts or coupons. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.
California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military can get a free meal from a limited menu, which includes pizza, entrée salads, or pasta.
Cheeseburger in Paradise: An All American Burger with fries is free of charge to those with military ID.
Chicken Salad Chick (Westerville): Free Chick Special and Regular Drink to any Veteran or active military service member on Monday, November 11. 687 Worthington Rd. Westerville, OH 43082
Chili’s Restaurants : Chili’s founder, Norman Brinker, proudly served in the U.S. Navy. On November 11, Chili’s offers a special menu for veterans to eat for free at the restaurant’s many locations across the United States. Valid ID is required. Call your local Chili’s for more information.
Cicis Pizza -- Active and retired military get a free unlimited buffet on November 11.
City BBQ: Free lunch for veterans and troops on November 11, which includes a free sandwich, 2 sides, and a drink for dine in or carry out.
Cracker Barrel: Veterans will receive a a complimentary Crafted Coffee or a slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake at all Cracker Barrel locations on November 11. to thank them for their service and sacrifice for our country.
Denny’s: On Nov. 11, active and inactive military personnel can enjoy a complimentary “Build Your Own Grand Slam” from 5 a.m. to noon.
Eat'n Park -- All former and current military personnel will receive a 10% discount for the entire month of November.
Friendly’s: Participating locations are giving veterans and active military a free Big-Two-Do combo meal for breakfast, or free All American Burger with fries and a drink for lunch or dinner.
Golden Corral: Free dine-in “thank you” dinner on November 11 for anyone who has served in the military, as well as active and reserve.
Gordon Biersch: Veterans’s will enjoy a complimentary entree from our Veteran’s Day Menu on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Pair your meal with the Veterans IPA – 25 cents of every pint sold will be donated to local veterans charity November 11th – 17th.
Graeter’s: Graeter’s Ice Cream is offering a complimentary regular sundae to all Veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Military on Veterans Day. Website | Facebook
Hooters: All veterans and active-duty military personnel get an entrée on the house. Website | Facebook
Hot Chicken Takeover: Offer a DAILY 50% discount to active and inactive military, and first responders. They support the Columbus Veteran community throughout the year, and partner with community groups that aim to help veterans.
Houlihan’s: Houlihan’s Restaurants will honor America’s veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019 with a complimentary meal from a Veterans Day menu, in addition to the fifteen-percent food discount that is offered every day throughout the year. Veterans Day meal is dine-in only, daily discount is dine in or carry out. Proof of service required. 3150 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington
IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all veterans and active-duty military members are welcomed to one order apiece of Red, White & Blue Pancakes, which come with glazed strawberries (red), blueberry compote (blue), and whipped cream (white.) Website | Facebook
Joe’s Crab Shack: Veterans receive 20% off on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11.
Kolache Factory -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free sausage and cheese kolache and a free coffee (any size) at all its locations on November 11.
Little Caesar’s Pizza: Little Caesars® Pizza will serve all United States Armed Forces veterans and active military a free Lunch Combo at participating stores. On November 11, from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m., veterans and active military members can receive their free $5 Lunch Combo ( four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product).
Logan's Roadhouse -- On November 11 between 3 and 6 pm, veterans and military personnel receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse menu.
Manhattan Bagel Company -- All active, former and retired military personnel get a free bagel and cream cheese at participating locations on November 11.
Menchies: Free frozen yogurt up to 6 oz. for veterans and active military personnel on November 11. Proof of service required.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Veterans, members of the National Guard, Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Spouses enjoy a complimentary entree on Sunday, November 10. **All veterans must show official verification; no I.D. required by Gold Star honorees. Veterans Day entrees must be enjoyed at the restaurant. No to-go orders permitted.
Mission BBQ -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich and cake on November 11.
Outback Steakhouse: Outback is offering veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Nov. 11. Active and retired military can also enjoy a 10 percent discount all year long. Call or visit your local Outback for details.
O’Charley’s: Veterans and active military can make a selection for free off the $9.99 menu, which includes chicken fried steak and bayou shrimp pasta. Website | Facebook
Olive Garden: Customers with military ID get a free entrée such as chicken parmigiana, lasagna, or cheese ravioli, with unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks, and family members joining a veteran or active military member at the table get 10% off on Veteran’s Day. Website | Facebook
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: All vets and active-duty personnel get a free 11-ounce frozen yogurt.
Panera Bread: All veterans and military service members will receive a free You-Pick-Two by wearing his or her uniform or showing Military I.D. or discharge papers. Website | Facebook
Pilot Flying J: Pilot Flying J is offering veterans a free hot beverage and breakfast item. From November 8 to 11, active-duty and retired military veterans can use the myPilot app to redeem an offer for a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll. The offer is valid at any of the participating Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in North America.
Primanti Bros: Active or retired military can enjoy a free Primanti Bros. Almost Famous sandwich in honor of their service to America, Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, at all Primanti Bros. locations across six states.
Red Lobster: All active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount on purchases every Monday.
Red Robin: Veterans and active duty military can receive a free Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries on Veterans Day this year.
Spaghetti Warehouse: Veterans get a buy 1 get 1 free meal coupon offer. The coupon can be download on Monday, November 4 through Monday, November 11 and redeemed on Veterans Day.
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill: Veterans and active military eat FREE. Choose from 1/2 lb. premium burger, pulled pork platter, chicken fingers, tomato basil cavatappi or nutty chicken salad. Sides include natural cut fries, mashed potatoes & brown gravy, creamy cole slaw or cinnamon apples. Veterans also receive 10 percent off their meal all year long.
Smoothie King -- On November 11, veterans and active-duty military get a free 20 oz. smoothie.
Tim Hortons: Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is giving all active and inactive U.S. military veterans a free donut to thank them for their service and dedication to their country. The promotion will last all day on November 11, Veterans Day, at participating restaurants or until supplies last. No purchase is necessary. To receive their free donut, Veterans need to either be in uniform or show their military ID when they visit a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop.
TGI Fridays: Free lunch (up to $12) is offered to veterans and active military at select locations between 11 a.m and 2 p.m on Nov. 11.
TravelCenters of America -- Active-duty military, veterans and reservists get a complimentary meal on November 11 at participating Country Pride and Iron Skillet restaurants nationwide.
White Castle: Get a free breakfast slider and a small coffee or other drink if you’re a veteran or active-duty military.
Whole Foods Dayton: Veterans Eat Free all day long in our Prepared Foods department. Come enjoy lunch or dinner on us as our way to say thank you for all you have sacrificed for our country. Don't forget to grab a slice of cake from the Bakery!
Other deals for Veterans Day 2019
True REST Float Spa Free Session. On Monday, November 11, True Rest Float Spa will offer a free, 60-minute float to any active-duty military member and/or veteran. Nearby locations are at Easton and Powell. Additionally, True REST Float Spa is running a Veterans Day promotion for civilians. For every True REST Float Spa float therapy session purchased between Oct. 21- Nov. 11, an active duty personnel or veteran will be gifted a free floatation therapy session. Since 2015, True REST Float Spa has given away almost 3,000 complimentary floats to U.S. active-duty military and veterans.
Ride the COTA and Akron Metro bus systems for free on Veterans Day. www.cota.org and www.akronmetro.org for details.
Grace for Vets: Free car wash for veterans and military members on November 11 at car washes across the country. Many different companies are participating, so find the closest one to you (including Moo Moo, select Turkey Hill, and more). Use the search tool to find a participating car wash near you. All veterans and service personnel get a free car wash at participating locations. Grace For Vets is a non-profit organization that unites the car wash industry in U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia with this program.
Great Clips: On November 11, come in for a haircut and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran to use before the end of the year. And of course, all veterans can stop in on November 11 to get a free haircut or a free haircut card to be redeemed by the end of the year.
Lowe’s: Lowe’s offers 10% off eligible purchases every day to active military personnel, retirees, and veterans. Must sign up online for the Lowe’s personal shopping card to qualify for the discount, and the discount will be linked to the MyLowe’s account. See registration details here.
B&Bs for Vets: Veterans are eligible for one free night at participating B&Bs in the US and Canada. Most of the inns are offering one free room night on Sunday, November 10 so you can enjoy the local Veterans Day celebrations. Visit the link for lodging near you or your destination. You must book directly with the business, and valid ID is required. See local offers below, while available. There are others located within driving distance to Columbus.
Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (Lewis Center, Ohio) To thank our veterans and active military we will honor 1 complimentary room on the November 10 , 2019
Glenlaurel, A Scottish Inn & Cottages (Rockbridge, Ohio) To thank our veterans and active military we are offering two free rooms (only) on Sunday, November 10th for veterans with proof of military service at the time of booking. We will also be giving 50% off lodging only to all veterans on Monday, November 11th.
Enterprise Car Sales: Active U.S. military members, veterans and dependents will receive a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package valued at $300 with their used vehicle purchase during the month of November.
Super 8 by Wyndham – Super 8 is honored to welcome active and retired military members, veterans, and their families as our very important guests. Save 15% on our Best Available Rate at participating Super 8 by Wyndham hotels in the U.S. and Canada.* Veteran guests enjoy preferred parking at Super 8.
Red Roof Inn: They always offer 10% off room rates for all government, military, vets and retirees.
Hawk’s Cay Resort Between Aug. 1 and Dec. 25, this resort in the Florida Keys is offering a special rate of $129 for weeknights to former and current military.
Killington-The Vermont ski resort is offering free lift tickets for veterans and active duty military on Nov. 11, plus discounts on lift tickets throughout the season.
Goodyear Auto Service- This Veterans Day weekend, Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tires are offering active and retired members of the U.S. military free car care checks and free tire installation.
Crosswinds Dental: FREE day of dentistry for Veterans & 1st Responders on Friday November 15 to show our gratitude for their service and their sacrifice. The event is by appointment only and will fill up quickly. Please call 614-890-3130 to reserve an appointment!
Sleep Number: Honoring our Military with special offers reserved for our country’s heroes. Military and veteran families receive an extra $100 off* select already discounted smart beds and adjustable bases with promo code. Visit one of our four Columbus area Sleep Number stores through 11/17, and show a valid military or veteran’s ID. Locations are at Tuttle Mall, Polaris Parkway, Easton Gateway, and Grove City.
Veterans Yoga Project -- The Sixth Annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week will feature hundreds of teachers hosting Yoga classes November 8-18, 2019 to thank veterans for their service to the country. The week-long event is designed to call attention to trauma-related conditions and the power of yoga as a tool for healing. Donation-based classes will raise funds for yoga programs for veterans and their families in the communities where funds are raised. Yoga studios and teachers looking to participate can sign up here.
Kohl’s -- Active and former military personnel, veterans and their families get a 30% off in-store discount November 7 through 11.
Sheetz -- On November 11, veterans and active-duty military personnel get a free 6 inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink. Sheetz locations offering car washes will also provide a free car wash to veterans and active-duty military.
T-Mobile -- As Veterans Day approaches, T-Mobile announced that, starting November 1, active-duty military and veterans can get 50% off the latest Samsung smartphones, including the new Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+. This is in addition to their Magenta Military plan, which includes 50% off family lines, available to military, veterans and their families year-round.
Verizon -- As Veterans Day approaches, Verizon announced that active-duty military members, Reservists, cadets, Gold Star families and veterans can receive a 1-year membership of Amazon Prime when they add a new line of service. These customers are also eligible for Wireless and Fios discounts. The offer will run from October 24 to December 2. This is in addition to their year-round discounts on plans and accessories.
Planet Fitness -- Veterans and active military personnel can work out for free from November 8 through 15. In addition to full access to club services, veterans and active military personnel are invited to bring a workout buddy at no additional charge and relax after they work out with free HydroMassage and chair massages.
West Virginia State Parks -- Military personnel who have served or those currently in reserve or active-duty get 50% off regular lodge and cabin rates on stays between November 1 through November 15. Presentation of military or veteran status will be requested upon check in.
MVCTC Veterans Day Special. In honor of Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11, any veteran is welcome to our cosmetology lab for a free haircut, manicure, or pedicure, along with dessert/coffee from our culinary lab. The hours are 12-2 pm. RSVP to Kathy Coppock, Academic Secretary at 937-854-6351. MVCTC is at 6800 Hoke Road in Englewood.
Ohio Veterans Day events
November 6: Columbus State Community College Veterans Day. This year our Guest Speaker is Mr. Sean McCarthy, Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Veteran Services. This event will take place in the Central Courtyard near Franklin Hall. The ceremony will be held at noon.
November 6 - Vanguard Leader Voices author visit, Matt Nicol will sign copies of his book "Seize The Night", 0730 at the Clintonville Panera.
November 7 - CSCC Veterans Resource and Assistance Fair, 1100-1400, Columbus State Community College, Columbus.
November 7: Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 10 a.m., Radiant Life Church in Dublin. Free to attend.
November 8: Columbus Veterans Day Parade. The theme of this years parade is “The Greatest Generation” celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year and the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII next year. The parade steps off from Nationwide Blvd and High Street the parade kicks off at noon and ends at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. U.S. Marines are collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys-for-Tots program at the end of the parade.
November 9 - Honor Flight Columbus Welcome Home, 2030 at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
November 9: Free community screening of the film Sgt. Stubby, 10 a.m. at the Strand Theater in Delaware. The animated film is about the real-life story of the WWI regimental mascot who became the first and most decorated war dog in American history. Presented by the AMVETS Post 102/American Legion Post 115.
November 9 - Veterans Day Parade, Chillicothe VA, free lunch at 1030 hours and parade steps off at noon.
November 9: Veteran's March & Ceremony, downtown Canal Winchester at 10 a.m. *A free pancake breakfast will be offered at 8:30 A.M. at the Frances Steube Community Center for veterans and their immediate families.
November 9: The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., Ohio Chapter 10 is hosting a free dinner for Veterans and one guest on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. It will be held at Mills Memorial Church, 402 N. Broad Street, Lancaster, OH 43130. The facility is handicap accessible. This dinner is to honor our veterans for their service to our country. The menu will consist of spaghetti, salad, bread, coffee/tea/water and dessert. There will be musical entertainment. The space is limited to 50 veterans with one guest each. Reservations are required and will be first come, first served. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org call 740-569-7495 to make a reservation.
November 10: Five Mile Run and Walk to honor America’s heroes at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. It starts at 0900 in Genoa Park and will finish atop the museum in Columbus.
November 10: 2-3:30 p.m. In honor of Veterans Day, a walking tour of Walnut Grove Cemetery in Worthington will bring forward the stories of some of the veterans buried at the cemetery. 1,334 veterans are buried in Walnut Grove. The Veterans have a flag holder that is provided by the Veterans Association that denotes the war in which they served or if they served during peace time. There are Veterans from the War of 1812 through the Persian Gulf War represented in Walnut Grove.
November 10: Delaware Veterans Day Parade, 3 p.m., starts at the county fairgrounds and ends at Ohio Wesleyan University.
November 10: Veterans Day 1940s Era Ball, Clintonville Woman’s Club, 7-10 p.m. A Veteran's Day salute to the music of the WWII Era Big Bands: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Xavier Cugat and more. Go retro. . . Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Swing, Rumba, Foxtrot . . . enjoy the 1940's dances. Live music by the 17-piece Cyndi Black Big Band.
November 10: Brokeman's Veterans Day Run, 8 a.m. at Foundation Park in Mt. Vernon.
November 11: Hilliard Veterans Day Parade: November 11 from 7-8 pm. The parade will step off from The Franklin County Fairgrounds (GATE 4 on Northwest Parkway at 7:00pm). The parade will proceed West on Northwest Parkway, South on Avery/Main Street, West on Cemetery Road to Scioto Darby Road and South on Veterans Memorial Drive, where it will conclude with a short ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park.
November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony, 3 – 4 p.m. 439 Main St, Groveport Town Hall, Groveport.