ST. LOUIS — This Sunday, the nation will honor the men and women who fearlessly served in the armed forces to protect our freedoms. As such, a number of businesses in and around St. Louis will be generously offering gifts of charity in the form of free food and services on Veterans Day.
Below is a list of compiled locations which will be benefiting veterans in the area. Each event listed below applies only to Sunday, November 11, unless noted otherwise.
St. Louis-area deals:
- U.S. National Park Service: Every national park around the country will offer free entry to any veteran who wishes to visit. The U.S. National Park Service notes this is the last free entrance day of the year.
- Six Flags St. Louis: Veterans, retirees and active military with a valid military ID be able to get free admission into the theme park throughout Veterans Day weekend. Additionally, family members with a valid military ID will be able to get in for $37.99.
- Missouri Botanical Garden: Show your valid military ID Nov. 11 for free admission at the Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and the Butterfly House.
- City Museum: Free general admission for all veterans and active duty service members Nov. 11 and Nov. 12. Despite usually being closed on Mondays, City Museum will be open Monday, Nov. 12.
- Veteran's Day dinner: The free dinner, hosted by AMVETS Post 30 in House Spring, Mo., will begin at 3 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. A laptop raffle will be available. Non-veterans can attend with a $10 donation. For more details, visit them online.
- SugarFire Smoke House: All veterans and ex-military will be able to choose from one of free four food specials, starting at 11 a.m., at eight of their locations. The food specials include four baby back ribs and 4 jumbo smoked wings. For more, visit them online.
- St. Louis Science Center: In appreciation of our veterans, we are offering a Veterans Day discount from November 10 to 12. With a military identification, service men and women and veterans can receive free admission to our OMNIMAX® Theater films including Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas and star shows at the McDonnell Planetarium. Their guests will receive our military discount. Offer valid onsite only.
- QuikTrip is giving a free self-serve drink to any active or former military members. The free self-serve drink includes any of the following: self-serve coffee or cappuccino of any size, Big Q fountain or tea, and self-serve Freezoni and smoothies. By showing military ID at checkout, members can redeem their free drink available at any QT location during any hour of the day on Veteran’s Day.
- Playhouse @ Westport Plaza: On Nov. 11, all veterans receive $10 theater tickets for the show Church Basement Ladies - Away in the Basement, a Christmas Musical Comedy. Come to box office an hour before showtime with a valid Military ID. Anyone accompanying a veteran will receive half off their ticket by using the promo code CHRISTMAS at the box office.
- Huey's Xpress Wash and Detail: Free car washes, food and music on Nov. 11 at the location in Arnold at 3981 W. Outer Road.
- Katie's Pizza and Pasta: 50 percent off for all veterans and active military on Monday.
- Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Free meal from a special menu Sunday.
- Bar Louie: Free flatbread or burger Sunday.
- Bob Evans: Free meal from a special menu available all day Sunday at all locations.
- Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer Sunday.
- Boston Market: Buy one individual meal and a drink, get one individual meal free with a coupon posted at www.bostonmarket.com Sunday or Monday. This deal is not only for veterans.
- Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries Sunday.
- California Pizza Kitchen: Free meal from special menu Sunday. Get a buy-one-get-one free card to use Nov. 12-18.
- Chevys: Free three-item combo 3 p.m. to close Sunday.
- Chili's: Free meal from special menu Sunday.
- Chipotle: Buy-one-get-one free deal Sunday.
- Country Pride: Free meal and beverage from a select menu Monday.
- Chuck E. Cheese’s: Free personal one-topping pizza Sunday.
- Cicis: Free adult buffet Sunday.
- Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee beverage.
- Denny's: From 5 a.m. to noon Monday, active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations.
- Dunkin': Free doughnut Sunday. No purchase required.
- Great Clips: Veterans and current members of the military can get a free haircut on Nov. 11 or a free haircut card that can be used at a later date. Anyone who is not in the military that purchases a haircut on Nov. 11 will receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran they know. All haircut cards are redeemable until Dec. 31.
- Golden Corral: Veterans and active duty members can receive a free buffet from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 12
- Hooters: Free meal from a special menu Sunday.
- Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar: Free meal from special menu Sunday. Plus, the chain has a 15 percent military discount every day of the year.
- Huddle House: Free order of Sweet Cakes through Monday.
- IHOP: Free Red, White and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday or a free patriotic pancake combo offer varies by location.
- Krispy Kreme: One free doughnut and a small cup of coffee Sunday. No ID is required.
- Little Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
- LongHorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert Sunday.
- McCormick & Schmick’s: Free lunch or dinner from a special menu Sunday for vets and Gold Star Honorees, including parents and spouse.
- O’Charley’s: Free meal from special menu Sunday and Monday.
- Olive Garden: Free meal from special menu Sunday.
- Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage Sunday, plus 10 percent off everyday.
- P.F. Chang's: Free entree with purchase of another entree, proof of service and coupon Monday. Find the coupon at www.pfchangs.com.
- Pilot Flying J: Saturday through Monday, there will be a coupon on the myPilot app for a free Pilot Coffee with choice of a fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnamon Center of the Roll. This deal is open to all.
- Ponderosa and Bonanaza Steakhouses: Veterans can choose a free buffet and beverage or 50 percent off a menu item. Some locations will honor veterans Sunday and other locations on Monday so check with your closest location.
- Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert Sunday and Monday.
- Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries Sunday.
- Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to a $10 Sunday.
- Shake Shack: Free scoop of Shake Shack Custard at all locations Sunday.
- Sports Clips: Participating Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active duty military and veterans Sunday through its Help A Hero campaign. Also Sunday, $1 from every haircut service will be donated to the program.
- Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse Sunday.
- Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch from a special menu Sunday. Hours may vary.
- TGI Fridays: Free meal up to $12 Sunday and Monday.
- Twin Peaks: Free meal from a special menu 11 a.m. to midnight Monday.
- Waffle House: All veterans will be able to receive one (1) free waffle at any Waffle House location around the country. A coupon, found here, is required to receive the waffle; it must be printed. To find a location near you, visit their website.
- White Castle: Free combo meal for veterans and active military members who dine in or go through the drive-thru Sunday and Monday.
As always, should you know of a place that is not listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of the name, place, address and time of said event.
USA Today contributed to this story.