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Veterans Day is a great day to remember and celebrate those who have served our nation in our armed forces. There are many ways to show our appreciation to those who have served.
Many cities, towns, and municipalities have a Veterans Day ceremony or parade to honor those who have served. I highly recommend attending one of these events if you have the opportunity.
They can be a fun way to meet other veterans, and the experience of being thanked by people you have never met can be humbling.
We are working on validating Veterans Day free activities, events and attractions for 2024. Below is information on last year’s Veterans Day activities, events and attractions.
This page lists a variety of Veterans Day events and attractions for our nation’s servicemembers – past and present. We can’t list every local event. The best place for that information is your local city website or your local media. Instead, we have focused on locations that offer free admission to a larger population.
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In addition to offering discounted or free attractions and special events, organizations and companies may honor veterans by offering free meals, Veterans Day discounts, or free or discounted admission to museums.
Proof of service is recommended! This may include one of the following forms of ID or proof of service:
- Current military or retired military ID card,
- Veterans ID Card, or VA Health Care ID card,
- DD Form 214,
- or a Drivers License with a veterans indicator.
- Some locations may also accept a membership card for a Veterans Service Organization (e.g. DAV, VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, etc.), a picture of you in uniform, or some other proof of military service.
If you know of any events you’d like to see added here, please use our Contact Page. Priority will be given to those events that have the largest reach. In the meantime, take a look at all of the attractions and events available to you this Veterans Day.
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2023 Veterans Day Free & Discounted Activities and Events
America's Parade Veterans Day Parade ✅ Confirmed
America's Birthday Parade, a premier event in St. Louis, honors veterans on their special day, Veterans Day. This grand display features stunning floats, dynamic bands, and vibrant performances. The event details are available on their website.
B&O Railroad Museum Military Discount ✅ Confirmed
Active military can explore the historic B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore for free. Veterans with a valid military ID receive a $3 discount on admission.
Cincinnati Zoo Veterans Day Deal ✅ Confirmed
The Cincinnati Zoo offers free admission to all active and retired military members on Veterans Day with valid ID. Year-round, the Zoo provides a $5 discount on adult and child admissions to military members and first responders who present valid military, fire, or police IDs. An additional 10% discount is available on all Zoo membership levels for active military and veterans.
Columbus Zoo Veterans Day Deal
At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, veterans and active-duty military personnel receive 50% off daily admission. A valid military ID or proof of service is necessary to obtain the discounted rate. This perk is available on Veterans Day.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Veterans Day Deal ✅ Confirmed
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, provides free admission to active and retired military with up to three immediate family members on Veterans Day. Visitors can explore diverse exhibits, enjoy live music, and view iconic country music memorabilia. Other discounts may also apply during this time.
Des Moines Botanical Garden ✅ Confirmed
The Des Moines Botanical Garden offers veterans free access on Veterans Day. This picturesque oasis is home to over 100 plant varieties, perfect for educational trips, events, or a family day out. Join the garden festivities on Veterans Day and explore the plant-inspired café, workshops, and summer camps at no cost.
Homes For Our Troops Celebrity Auction Campaign ✅ Confirmed
Homes For Our Troops will conduct its 7th annual Veterans Day Celebrity Auction featuring celebrities like George Clooney and Mindy Kaling. Hosted on eBay Nov. 3-13, bids can be placed at eBay.com/hfot. All proceeds directly benefit Homes For Our Troops.
Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute
Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, provides up to $41 off the front-gate price on general admission tickets to active and retired military personnel and veterans. Additionally, the theme park hosts an annual Military Tribute event to honor military members. This offer is available on Veterans Day.
Mount Vernon Veterans Day Deal ✅ Confirmed
Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington's historic estate, offers free admission for all active duty, former or retired military personnel on Veterans Day. Service members may collect their free tickets upon arrival. Note, free admission does not include tickets for service members' family or guests.
Museum of East Tennessee History Veterans Day Deal
The Museum of East Tennessee History offers free admission to active-duty military members and their families from Nov. 7-10. Additionally, free admission is extended to veterans and active-duty members on the Saturday following Veterans Day, Nov. 12. The museum is closed on Veterans Day itself.
Nashville Zoo Veterans Day Deal ✅ Confirmed
On Veterans Day, the Nashville Zoo gives free admission to active military members, veterans, and their families as part of Military Appreciation Day. Visitors can enjoy diverse animal species and educational encounters all day. Remember to bring a valid military ID to access this offer.
National Corvette Museum
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, offers a $2 discount to military veterans, AAA members, and GM employees upon showing an ID card. Active military members with valid ID can enter the museum for free. Proof of service is required to receive these discounts.
National Parks Veterans Day Discount ✅ Confirmed
The National Park Service honours veterans by offering free entry to all its sites on Veterans Day. Celebrated annually on November 11, this gesture serves as a tribute to those who served. This offer is open to all visitors.
National Veterans Day Ceremony ✅ Confirmed
The National Veterans Day Ceremony, a notable annual event at Arlington National Cemetery, offers a unique opportunity for reverence. Attracting an approximate crowd of 5,000 visitors, this ceremony specifically honors veterans. Occurring every year on November 11th, veteran eligibility is required for attendance.
National World War I Museum and Memorial Veteran's Day Deal ✅ Confirmed
Veterans and active military personnel gain free entry to the National WWI Museum and Memorial from Nov. 10-12, a saving of 100%. On Veterans weekend, all visitors can enjoy half-price admission. This Kansas City institution provides a deep dive into the global impact of WWI through interactive exhibitions and research opportunities.
Seaworld Military Discount ✅ Confirmed
Active Duty military and veterans can explore nature's wonders at SeaWorld Parks for free once a year. This offer, valid with Military ID or proof of service, extends to SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa and Williamsburg, and Sesame Place Langhorne, excluding Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Additionally, through the Waves of Honor program, former service members and up to three guests can enjoy a 50% discount in SeaWorld Orlando.
Veterans Day Parade Directory
Veterans Day Parades does not offer a clear veteran discount. Those still interested in attending a Veterans Day parade, regardless of their city, should check out VetFriends. Further discount details are currently unavailable.
VetTix Veterans Deal
VetTix rewards veterans and active military members with free tickets to concerts, shows, and sporting events. As a charitable organization, VetTix aims to build community engagement and strong family relationships. No specific time-frame or eligibility requirements are disclosed.
Westgate Resorts Military Discount ✅ Confirmed
Westgate Resorts will honor 1,000 active-duty U.S. military members, veterans, and Gold Star families with a free three-day, two-night Orlando vacation. These vacations are part of the 12th Annual Westgate Salutes Military Weekend Celebration. To secure the offer, eligible families can sign up through WestgateSalutes.com beginning Sept. 14.
Even More Veterans Day Savings
More Veterans Day Discounts! Please click through to 2024 Veterans Day Free Meals & Restaurant Discounts, and 2024 Veterans Day Freebies, Retail Discounts, and Special Offers.
To all who served – a simple “thank you” is never enough. But I’ll say it anyway. Thank you for your service.
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