Veterans Day honors American veterans and is a holiday intended to thank those who have dedicated their lives to defend this great country and honor the sacrifices they have made to keep our country free. As the home for many veterans, Los Angeles offers some of the best deals and freebies found anywhere including free event tickets, discounts on food and clothing and more. We’ve put together the definitive list of where to get some the best Veterans Day freebies in and around Los Angeles. After all, a simple thank you will never be enough to express how thankful we all are for their service.
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)
www.cpk.comEnjoy a free pizza, full size salad, or pasta from a special Veterans Day Menu with proof of military service this Veterans Day at any California Pizza Kitchen. The deal is for dine-in only. There are multiple locations throughout Los Angeles and surrounding locations to choose from. Make sure to come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.
www.applebees.comThis Veterans Day, Applebee’s is offering a free meal to all military veterans and active-duty service members. Choose from 7 entrees but beverage and gratuity is not included. Be sure to bring your Military ID or proof of service!
McCormick & Schmick’s
www.mccormickandschmicks.comEnjoy a special lunch or dinner Veterans Day menu on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at McCormick & Schmick’s. The offer is for dine in and make sure to bring in official verification. You can also celebrate their annual Veterans Appreciation Event on sunday, November 9th where veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entree from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only.
www.olivegarden.comIf you are a veteran or active duty service member, enjoy a free entree at the Olive Garden on Veterans Day 2015. Proof of service required.
849 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607
www.menchies.comStop by yogurt favorite Menchie’s if you’re a veteran on Veterans Day and enjoy a free 6 oz frozen yogurt.
www.krispykreme.comWhat’s better than a doughnut from Krispy Kreme? A free doughnut. If you’re an active duty service member or veteran, Krispy Kreme is honoring all vets with a free doughnut and small coffee this Veterans Day with no purchase necessary. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Kristy Kreme is participating.
www.tgifridays.comThis Veterans Day, lunch is free at TGI Fridays between 11am to 2pm. Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans, you will be able to choose from any item off the lunch menu for free. Please come dressed in your uniform or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations so be sure to check.
www.greatclips.comWhen we see men and women in military uniforms, many of us want to walk up and thank them for devoting their lives to preserving this country’s freedom. As a gesture to say thank you, Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand, is offering their “You Can Thank a Veteran” promotion this Veterans Day. On Veterans Day, customers who come in for a haircut at any Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active, inactive or retired military member for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use any day before the end of the year. Show your appreciation today and come into any Great Clips location.
The Home Depot
www.homedepot.comAside from the Celebration of Service campaign that The Home Depot runs throughout the year to support veterans by transforming homes for service members, this Veterans Day, the store will offer a 10% discount off anything purchased. In addition to Veterans Day, The Home Depot also extends the discount year round for active duty and retirees.
www.lowes.comEveryone’s favorite home improvement superstore will be honor vets on Veterans Day as well with a 10% all day/every day discount to all military personnel who are active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members, with a valid, government-issued military ID card.
www.jcpenney.comNormally, JC Penney offers 5% for all military personnel. But, this Veterans Day, JC Penney salutes all current and former military personnel and their families with a special discount to say thank you. Visit a store today and veterans as well as family members enjoy an extra 10% off on purchases in-store (some exclusions may apply) from November 8-11. Make sure to bring your proof of service. More info can be found here.
10840 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
www.ipictheaters.comTo show their appreciation for those who have served our country, iPic Theatres will be giving all veterans and active duty military with proof of ID a free movie ticket on Veterans Day. The full-service movie picture chain will be also offering a special menu during the month of November to veterans and active duty military including Chef David LeFevre’s Brioche Crusted Crab Cakes with lemon remoulade and pickles and also iPic Entertainment resident mixologist Adam Seger’s Martini Intelligence with belvedere vodka, mezcal, rothman & winter Austrian apricot liqueur, fresh sour, and moroccan tea.
www.footlocker.comFoot locker is proud to honor active duty military, military veterans and their families with a 20% discount every day of the year when they sign up for the Veterans Advantage Card.
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
www.knotts.comKnott’s annual tribute to the military, past and present, starts November 1st and goes through December 20, 2015. It offers free admission for veterans currently serving along with one guest with proper I.D. In addition, an additional 6 discounted tickets are extended as part of the offer. This Veterans Day, visit the famed theme park and ride the coasters for free! Find out more information here.
Joshua Tree National Park
Channel Islands National Park
www.nps.gov/chis/Within a short distance of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park and Channel Islands National Park are the closest of the parks to the city however all national parks throughout the country are offering free entrance for service members this Veterans Day.
Jordan Schlecter is the features editor of CBSLA.com.