Here’s to our real-life superheroes! There are many ways to thank veterans for their courage and sacrifice, but celebrating their heroism with freebies is a good start. It shows appreciation and, also, lets them keep their budget in check for more important expenses.
There are many deals, discounts and freebies for military members (active and veterans), as part of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11 in Denver & Boulder. (Note: There are a few available on Monday, November 12.)
Be sure to bring a military/veteran ID (or other proof of service) or show up in uniform. (Verification varies by business, so you may want to call ahead for details.) As always, the offers are only available at participating locations, while supplies last.
The round-up includes mostly national chains, but there are a few from local businesses mixed in. The round-up will be updated, as more deals are confirmed. Check back often.
Because there are so many details and possible restrictions, it may be helpful to call ahead for confirmation and/or clarification — especially if you plan on taking advantage of several offers. In addition, most (if not, all) of the food deals are dine-in only.
The discounts only apply to active or former members of the military and do not extended to friends or family in tow, unless noted otherwise. For most of the deals, there is no additional purchase requirement. However, you may expect to pay taxes (in some cases) and a gratuity, of course.
Many more local businesses and restaurants may also be participating, so check with your favorite neighborhood businesses, bars and eateries for more offers.
Acova – 50% off anything on the menu. The offer only applies to the vet’s entire lunch or dinner, including beverage, appetizer, entrée and dessert. (The offer does not extend to the tab of friends or family in the party.)
Ameristar Casino – FREE buffet on November 12.
Applebee’s – FREE signature entrée from select menu.
Arby’s – FREE Classic Roast Beef Sandwich on November 11 and 12.
Bar Louie – FREE flatbread or burger — up to $15.
BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse – FREE entrée (up to a $12.95), includes complimentary Dr. Pepper beverage.
Bonefish Grill – FREE Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.
Bruegger’s Bagels – FREE any size coffee on November 12.
Bubba’s 33 – FREE entrée from select menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings – FREE small order of wings and side order of fries.’
Café Rio Mexican Grill – 50% off entire order on November 11 and 12.
California Pizza Kitchen – FREE pizza, pasta or full-size salad from select menu.
Car Wash – Nearly 100 car wash locations across Colorado offer FREE car wash.
Caribou Coffee – FREE any size hot, brewed coffee or cold press.
Cicis – FREE adult buffet — coupon required.
Chili’s – FREE entrée from select menu.
Chipotle Mexican Grill – Buy-one-get-one FREE burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos, all day — valid for “military families”, too.
ChopHouse at DIA – FREE Budweiser BBQ Cheddar Burger on November 12. (The offer is only available at the Denver International Airport location.)
Chuck E. Cheese – FREE personal one-topping pizza.
Corinne Restaurant – FREE appetizer or drink (glass of wine, draft beer or signature cocktail) with the purchase of an entrée from November 10 to 16.
Country Buffet – FREE buffet and non-bottled beverage on November 12.
Country Pride Restaurant – FREE meal from select menu on November 12.
Cracker Barrel – FREE slice of Double Fudge Coca-Cola cake.
Denny’s – FREE Build-Your-Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon. on November 12.
Denver Botanic Gardens – Get FREE admission at both locations — York St. and Chatfield Farms. Accompanying friends and family receive $2 off admission.
Denver Zoo – FREE admission.
Do The Bang Thing Salon – FREE haircut (including shampoo and style) for veterans and their families from noon to 6 p.m. on November 12. Complimentary refreshments and beverages will also be provided.’
Dumb Friends League – Adoption fees are waived for all pets from November 10 to 12. All cat and dog adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip identification implant and a complimentary office visit with a participating veterinarian. The standard adoption screening process still applies.
Plus, on November 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Pet Resource Center (191 Yuma St.) in Denver is offering FREE vaccines for veterans’ pets. It’s first-come, first-served, so get in line early.
Dunkin’ – FREE donut of your choice.
Fogo de Chão – Vets receive 50% off their entire meal from November 9 to 11. Plus, up to three guests (for each vet) save 10% on their meal.
The Gilpin Casino – FREE meal at Lucille Malone’s from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — up to $15.
Golden Corral – FREE buffet from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 12.
Great Clips – FREE haircut. (Vets not in need of a haircut on November 11 can pick up a voucher good for a FREE haircut through December 31.)
Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria – Vets get 15% off their bill — alcohol excluded.
Hamburger Stand – FREE Hamburger, regular fries and small Pepsi.
Harkins Theatres – FREE small popcorn on November 12.
Hooters – FREE meal from select menu, with the purchase of a beverage.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar – 50% off to all parties joined by a veteran.
IHOP – FREE Red, White & Blueberry pancakes on November 12. Select locations will offer vets a Red, White & Blue combo, which includes two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or sausage links.
Joe’s Crab Shack – Save 20% on your bill — excludes alcoholic beverages.
LaMar’s Donuts – FREE donut and 12-oz. coffee.
Little Caesar’s Pizza – FREE $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Lodge Casino – FREE buffet at The Seasons from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Main Event – FREE entrée from select menu. Plus, get complimentary $10 in arcade play.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks – FREE lunch or dinner from select menu — open to Gold Star honorees, too.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt– FREE frozen yogurt and toppings for first 6-oz.
Mimi’s Café – FREE entrée from select menu, with purchase of non-alcoholic beverage.
Mountain Side Gear Rental – FREE snowshoe rental on November 12. Advance reservations required by calling 303-955-2290.
National Park Service – Waived entrance fee to more than 400 U.S. parks — open to all.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina – FREE Create-Your-Own Combo 2 meal, includes choice of enchiladas, tacos, empanadas, chimichangas and more.
Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar – FREE choice of 9-inch personal pizza, meatball sandwich, pasta bowl or more…plus, a complimentary fountain drink.
Pilot Flying J – FREE breakfast sandwich and coffee via its myPilot app from November 10 to 12.
The Post Brewing Co. – FREE two-piece chicken, mashed potatoes and can of Howdy Beer — valid during dinner only.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop – FREE cookie with any purchase.
Pueblo Zoo – FREE admission for all military and their families (spouses and dependent children) on November 1o and 11.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – FREE entrée from November 10 to 12.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill – FREE Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti.
Red Robin – FREE Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.
Red Lobster – FREE appetizer or dessert from select menu on November 11 and 12.
Ruby Tuesday – FREE appetizer — up to $10.
Safeway – 10% off all items purchased with the following exceptions: prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, fluid dairy, bus passes, ski tickets, gift cards, money orders, lottery tickets, postage and fuel.
Scooter’s Coffee – FREE drink of any size.
Smiling Moose Deli – FREE regular sandwich or salad with the purchase of a fountain drink (32-oz.) — coupon may be required, so check first.
Sport Clips – FREE haircut.
Starbucks – FREE Tall hot brewed coffee — spouses included.
Sushi-Rama – Save 15% your entire bill at the conveyor belt sushi restaurant.
Table Mountain Inn – FREE entrée and non-alcoholic beverage.
Tap & Burger – FREE Classic Smashed beef burger and Oskar Blues beer (or Teakoe iced tea) from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on November 12 — open to military spouses, too. There are three locations — Highlands, Sloan’s Lake and Belleview.
Texas Roadhouse – FREE lunch from select menu.
Twin Peaks – FREE entrée from select menu on November 12.
Village Inn – FREE V.I.B. Choose 4 INN-credible breakfast.
Walgreens – 20% off all regular-priced items in-store with Balance Rewards and military ID from November 9 to 11. The offer is open to “veterans, military and their families.” Exclusions apply, click here.
Weinerschnitzel – FREE chili dog, small fries and small Pepsi.
World Market – 25% off an entire purchase (alcohol beverages excluded) from November 9 to 12 — open to military spouses, too.
Ziggi’s Coffee – FREE 16-oz. drink.
Zoës Kitchen – FREE entrée on November 11 and 12.
MHOTC salutes everyone in the armed forces. Thank you for your service.