Veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. military are worthy of our respect and gratitude every single day, but on Veterans Day, we reflect, show respect and honor them even more.
On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, and throughout the month of November, veterans are appreciated with special events, tributes and FREE entry to local attractions and restaurant discounts. Share this list of Orlando Veterans Day celebrations & discounts with the veterans in your life.
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Veterans Day events in Orlando 2019
Winter Park’s Veteran’s Day Celebration
Friday, Nov. 8 at 10am
Winter Park Community Center, Ruby Ball Amphitheater located at 721 W. New England Ave.
- All veterans that have served in any military campaign or branch in honor of our nation’s freedom are invited to attend for the community to pay tribute to their dedicated service to our country.
- At 9:30 a.m., the public is invited to visit with organizations that offer resources specifically for veteran needs as the VFW Post 2093 Community Band entertains guests.
- At 10 a.m., the official program will begin with musical tributes, anecdotal speakers including guest speaker Steven Alch, and recognition of veterans according to the various military branches served.
- The Veterans Day Celebration continues at the Winter Park Golf Course where veterans play for FREE.
- Tee times begin at 12:30 p.m.
- Reserve your tee time for a patriotic round of golf by Tuesday, November 5.
City of Orlando 20th Annual Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.
- Parade features marching bands, ROTC units, floats and active duty military.
- The parade begins at the corner of Robinson Street and Orange Avenue.
Volusia County Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m.
Downtown DeLand, Woodland Blvd.
Celebration Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10am
Lakeside Park to Founders Park in Celebration. Followed by a Veterans Ceremony at 11am.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall
November 8 – 11
Fort Mellon Park, downtown Sanford
- The traveling replica is 288-feet wide, 6-feet tall and includes 58,000 names of heroes who lost their lives during the War.
- On display at the park for 24 hours each day and is FREE to visit.
- Official Sanford Veterans Day Celebration scheduled for Nov. 11 at 11am at Fort Mellon Park.
Thank You Heroes Ceremony
Sunday, November 10, 2:30pm-5:30pm
Reiter Park, Longwood
Winter Springs Veterans Day Tribute
Monday, Nov. 11, 6pm – 7pm
Winter Springs Town Center Veteran’s Memorial
Ocoee Veterans Day Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 11am
Ocoee Lakeshore Center
125 North Lakeshore Drive
Veterans discounts at local attractions
- FREE entry to U.S. National Parks on Veterans Day.
- Harry P. Leu Gardens is offering FREE admission on Monday, November 11 for all veterans and current military.
- Orlando Science Center: November 1 – 17, veterans and active military personnel with military ID will receive FREE admission and their attending family members will receive 50% off admission. A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Red Tails Monument Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 at 1pm.
- LEGOLAND Florida is offering free entry to Veterans Nov. 1 – 25. Plus you’ll receive percent off tickets for up to six guests and up to 25 percent off overnight stays.
- SeaWorld Orlando: Military veterans and active duty military can receive discounts through the Waves of Honor program. You must get the tickets through the Waves of Honor site – this offer is not available at the gate.
- Brevard Zoo in Melbourne is giving free entry Veterans Day weekend, November 9 – 11, to all veterans and current military.
Veterans discounts at stores
- Target: 10% military discount on a purchase made in-store and online at Target.com, Nov. 3-11, 2019. Click here to verify your eligibility and receive your discount coupon (verification begins Oct. 31, and coupon can be redeemed starting Nov. 3.)
- Publix: 10% off on Veterans Day for veterans, active military personnel, and their families (ID required; some restrictions apply).
- Great Clips: FREE haircuts for veterans and active duty military. If you are not military, pay for a service at Great Clips on Veteran’s Day and you will get a special card to give a veteran for a free haircut.
- Planet Fitness is offering free club access to military personnel during all of Military Appreciation Week (Nov. 8-15). Offer valid to active and veteran military personnel.
Veterans restaurant deals
Offers don’t usually cover gratuity and tax. In addition, proof of military status is required for most offers, so be prepared to show ID verifying your service. If you know of any deals we left out, please comment below.
Participation may vary, so be sure to check with your local restaurant to confirm that they’ll be offering the Veterans Day special.
Applebee’s : Every year on Veteran’s Day, Applebee’s serves a free meal to active duty and veteran military service members. Although the majority of Applebee’s restaurants participate, call your local franchise and ask about details and requirements.
BJ’s Restaurants: On Sunday, 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 at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: All military personnel including veterans and their families will receive 20% off their bill. Get more information here.
California Pizza Kitchen: This Veterans Day, enjoy a complimentary meal from the Veterans Day menu at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations. Guests can choose from complimentary pizza, pasta or full size salad and beverage by showing proof of service. They will also receive a card for a BOGO free pizza, pasta, or salad redeemable from November 12 to November 20.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: From Friday, November 8 – Monday, November 11, firefighters, police officers, veterans and active military will receive a free order of Calamari with any purchase. You must present valid ID. Carraba’s also offers a 10 percent discount to active military and veterans throughout the year. Visit Carrabbas.com to find a location near you.
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.
Chicken Salad Chick: Veterans or active service military will receive a free Chick Special and regular drink. The deal is valid for dine-in only on Monday, November 11.
Cracker Barrel: All military veterans will receive a free Pumpkin Pie Latte or a slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on Veteran’s Day, November 11. Dine in only. And from Oct. 28 through Nov. 11, you can receive $25 off all U.S. military branch-themed rocking chairs and 25 percent off all other military licensed products. Ten percent of the retail sales price of those eligible rocking chair purchases, either online or in-store, will be donated to Operation Homefront.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Freddy’s honors veterans throughout the year, but any veteran who visits the restaurant on November 11 will receive a free combo meal card good through November 30, 2019.
Friendly’s: All veterans will receive a thank you Big-Two-Do breakfast or All-American Burger on Veteran’s Day. All former or active service members are eligible with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card.
Golden Corral: On Monday, November 11, 2019, military veterans, retires and active duty personnel are invited to a free sit-in “thank you” dinner.
Houlihan’s: Houlihan’s Restaurants offers a year-round discount of 15 percent to active-duty military and veterans. But on Veteran’s Day, they are eligible for a complimentary meal from the Veteran’s Day Menu, which includes the Houlihan’s Burger, Veggie Burger, Heartland Grilled Chicken Salad (grilled or fried), Fish and Chips, Brentwood Chicken Sandwich (grilled or fried), Southwest Grilled Chicken Wrap, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and a 5-oz. Petite Top Sirloin. The offer is good for dine-in only on Monday, November 11. Read more here.
Little Caesar’s: Veterans and active military can get a FREE lunch combo from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Veteran’s Day. Present ID or proof of service, but no coupon is necessary for this offer. The lunch features four slices of Little Caesars Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, and a 20-ounce Pepsi product.
Logan’s Roadhouse: All active duty and retired U.S. military personnel are invited to enjoy a free dine-in meal from of the American Roadhouse menu on Veterans Day. This offer is available from 3 pm to 6 pm at all participating Logan’s Roadhouse restaurants nationwide. Beginning November 11 and continuing through the remainder of 2019, Logan’s Roadhouse asks guests to roundup their check if they choose to benefit Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.
Menchies: Veterans and servicemen and women receive their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt FREE on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. You must present a valid military ID or proof of service at the time of purchase.
Red Lobster: All active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount on purchases every Monday. Red Lobster is also offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active duty military and reservists on Monday, November 11. The offer is good for dine-in or to go orders picked up in the restaurant. Guests need to show a valid military ID or proof of service.
Shoney’s: Shoney’s says thank you to veterans and troops with a FREE All You Care To Eat, Freshly Prepared BREAKFAST BAR on Monday November 11, 2019. The deal is offered from opening hour to 11 am.
Sizzler: Veterans can get a free meal at participating locations, selecting one of these meals: 6oz Tri-Tip Sirloin, single Malibu Chicken or (6) Jumbo Crispy Shrimp, plus a side dish and beverage (fountain drink, tea or coffee only). The deal is available from opening to 4 p.m. Dine-in only. Veterans must show ID. Gratuity is not included in the deal.
Smoothie King: On Veteran’s Day, veterans and active military personnel can receive a free 20 oz. smoothie of their choice. You must show valid military ID.
Starbucks: A free tall brewed coffee for Veterans, active duty military and Military Spouses on Veterans Day.
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