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30 Veterans Day Deals & Freebies in Columbia

30 Veterans Day Deals & Freebies in Columbia - Columbia SC Moms BlogToday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, and many local businesses and national chains are saying “thank you” to veterans and active military members by offering freebies and deals on food, drinks, activities, and merchandise. Just remember many require a military id, so be sure to bring yours in order to participate.

Columbia SC Moms Blog thanks you for your service and the important role you play in our community and beyond. Thank you for fighting for our freedom and rights, and we hope you take time for yourself, especially today, to celebrate and honor your service!

36th Annual Veterans Day Parade

Join the City of Columbia for one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day Parade. It will feature more than 85 elements from Fort Jackson, the South Carolina National Guard, Shaw AFB, various veterans’ organizations along with local schools and universities to help us thank those men and women who have and continue to answer our nation’s call to service. The parade will begin at the corner of Sumter and Laurel Streets. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100. 

Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Downtown Columbia – the parade begins at the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travels southbound on Sumter Street, ending at Pendleton Street near the State House.

Riverbanks Zoo

All military veterans (persons who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces) will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden in honor of Veterans Day.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210


Free admission for all military and their families! Free lunch provided for all military dependents 12 and under. All guests are invited to explore the museum, participate in patriotic activities and leave their mark on the EdVenture handprint American flag to honor fallen soldiers. EdVenture and Sysco will provide FREE kids meals to dependents 12 and under.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Great Clips

On Veterans Day, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active, inactive, retired, disabled and reserve members from any military branch, including the National Guard. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of service, any day before Dec. 31, 2016.

Hair Cuttery

This Veterans Day, Hair Cuttery is giving back to former service men and women through its Share-a-Haircut program. For every adult haircut purchased on Veterans Day, a free haircut certificate will be donated back to a veteran in communities local to Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 locations. In each market, Hair Cuttery will partner with local veterans’ organizations to reach those in need through the donation of haircut certificates.

Outback Steakhouse

Enjoy a free beverage and blooming onion. Valid on Veterans Day only with a valid ID. And for the rest of the year, they’re giving 15% off to military personnel—plus their families. Come in Nov. 12 through Dec. 31 to enjoy your discount, with valid military ID.


You must dine in, and the free food is from a limited menu. Beverages and gratuity are not included. Veterans and active duty military members must simply show proof of military service to take advantage of this offer.


FREE MEAL. There will be seven different meal options to choose from. Military members and veterans will also receive a $5 coupon to be redeemed on additional food and beverages or for a later time.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Buy one get one free deal from 3 p.m. – close. 

Texas Roadhouse

Enjoy a free lunch from their special Veterans Day menu. Includes choice of Coca-Cola product, tea or coffee. Veterans and active duty military members must simply show proof of military service to take advantage of this offer. Dine-in only.


Veterans and Active Duty Military can enjoy three of IHOP restaurant’s hot-off-the-griddle, world famous Buttermilk Pancakes with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping for free at participating U.S. locations between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Select IHOP restaurants will also offer a combo of two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links as part of the Red, White & Blue Pancake promotion for retired and active duty military personnel. Guests should check with their local IHOP restaurant for additional details. Veterans and Active Duty Military simply show proof of military service to receive their free Red, White & Blue Pancakes. 

Little Caesar’s

As part of a long-standing tradition of giving back and honoring U.S. military men and women, Little Caesars® Pizza is offering all United States Armed Forces veterans and active military a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m, at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day.

Bonefish Grill

FREE Bang Bang Shrimp.

Carraba’s Italian Grill

FREE appetizer of your choice.

Chicken Salad Chick

FREE Original Chick and Regular drink.

Cracker Barrel

FREE slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake (not a free meal, but hey, it’s free cake!)


FREE Build Your Own Grand Slam® from 5 a.m. to noon at select locations only. Call ahead to make sure your closest location is participating. 


FREE Build Your Own Pasta Bowl.

Golden Corral 

FREE meal – Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner on Monday, Nov. 14.

Krispy Kreme

FREE doughnut and small coffee. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Please call ahead to verify participation.

Longhorn Steakhouse

FREE appetizer or dessert for the military member AND Additional 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans. 

Red Lobster

FREE appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu.

Offering 20% off of select apparel on Veterans Day. Promotion code: “20veterans”

Firestone Complete Auto Care

Between Nov. 11 – 13, veterans and active duty personnel receive an additional 10% off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

JC Penny

All current and former military personnel can enjoy discounts off purchases on Veterans Day.


Active and retired military personnel and family members receive a 10 percent discount on Veteran’s Day. Proof of service required.

Sleep Number

Through Nov. 14, active and veteran military members will receive exclusive discounts on Sleep Number products. Save up to $700 on select Sleep Number mattress sets.

Under Armor

Active duty, retirees and veterans get 15% off on all orders through Nov. 12.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews

All veterans and active duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries at participating restaurants nationwide. Red Robin is also donating $10,000 to United Service Organizations.

Ruby Tuesday

Free appetizer up to $10. Valid military id required.

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