Note: if you have questions regarding the details of these offers, like what documentation to bring or exactly who is included, please contact the location directly
Kings Dominion – Memorial Weekend Salute: Honoring Our Heroes May 28, 29, and 30 – We are celebrating Memorial Day all weekend long with extended fireworks shows, live entertainment, special offers and more. Plus – all active and retired military personnel get FREE admission to the park! (Note: does not include dependents)
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – On Monday, May 30 (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and/or their dependents, with valid military ID card. Anyone else in the party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission. Also on this day military personnel can enjoy a 10% discount in the Garden Shop. Military members and their dependents can enjoy a 15% discount (excluding alcohol) in the Garden Café.
Colonial Williamsburg – Military families are invited to enjoy FREE Colonial Williamsburg admission, Friday, May 27–Monday, May 30, 2016 during our Honoring Service to America weekend. Celebrate with special events all weekend, culminating in a march and ceremony honoring America’s veterans at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day. Free admission tickets are only valid for May 27-May 30, 2016. Guests must visit a Colonial Williamsburg on-site ticket sales location to receive their free admission ticket. Locations include the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, the Lumber House, and William Pitt Store Ticket Offices in the Revolutionary City, and the ticket window in Merchants Square. All guests in party must be present to receive their free admission ticket. Only one per person. Free “Honoring Service to America” tickets will be provided to dependents of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification, the service member need not be present. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, DD Form 214, as identification of service.
Colonial Williamsburg – Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets during Memorial Day weekend—May 22–25, 2015. Explore the Revolutionary City, hear the stirring cadences of the Fifes and Drums, join in the patriotic events, and browse the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
Kings Dominion – Join us May 23-25 and July 4-5 as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. Enjoy activities planned each day along International Street including gettign your picture taken with our Uncle Sam stiltwalker at the front gate, real Army vehicles on display under the Eiffel Tower, a postcard mailing station to send to the troops, sponsored by NBC12, and an appearance by the USO! Also rock out to some awesome live music by our service men and women.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens – On Monday, May 25 (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and/or their dependents, with valid military ID card. Anyone else in the party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission.
Minimum 1 (one) item per visitor. A printable list of approved items can be found HERE. Complimentary tour must be redeemed upon delivery of donation item(s).
215 S. Wilton Rd., Richmond, VA 23226
Virginia has introduced a state-issued veterans ID card –
The IDs, available through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, will help veterans obtain discounts at stores and restaurants, among other things. The plastic cards feature the veteran’s name, date of discharge and branch of service.
They are wallet-sized, never expire and cost $10. Applicants will be given a temporary ID until the actual card arrives in the mail.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch
Here is a list of businesses specifically partnering to offer discounts (includes Daylight Donuts, Moe’s, Saxon Shoes), though I expect that *most* places offering military discounts in the state would accept this as proof as well.
Join us May 26-27 and July 3-4 as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D.
Join us for a weekend of free admission, May 25–28. This Memorial Day we proudly invite active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their families to enjoy access to all our “Revolutionary City” and Art Museums have to offer. Guests can take advantage of complimentary parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where they can view the short movie The Story of a Patriot and utilize our shuttle bus services.
Weekend-long admission is only available at the on-site ticket sales locations of Colonial Williamsburg, including the Visitor Center, the Lumber House Ticket office, or the ticket window in Merchants Square. Appropriate military identification is required.
*Service members do not have to be present for offer to be valid. Admission will be provided to dependent family members of currently-deployed troops with appropriate identification. Military Veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, DD Form 213, as identification of service.
First responders can take advantage of an offer through June 10 to pay for a day and get the rest fo the year free
Also, active duty members of the military are entitled to a free National Parks Annual Pass ($80 value)
For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)
Armed Forces Day is this Saturday, May 19th, and Richmond will hold a Welcome Home Our Heroes parade at 10 a.m.
The parade will begin at Kensington and Boulevard and proceed down Boulevard to end at the Carillon in Byrd Park.
The parade will provide the Richmond community – and the commonwealth – an opportunity to support and thank our military veterans and their families for their honorable and dedicated service to our nation during the past decade.
Then from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Carillon grounds will host a Veterans Resource Village featuring service and outreach organizations, including state, federal and local agencies and employers, as well as food vendors, military displays, and live music.
For more information, visit americaforvets.org or the event’s Facebook group, Richmond Welcomes Home the Heroes. Or call the Richmond Council Navy League at (804) 355-7557.
Veterans eat for free this Friday, November 11, as many restaurants honor their service with special Veterans Day offers.
Applebee’s – Choice of free signature entree for veterans and active duty military. Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with the free entrees.
Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola beverage for military personnel, valid November 7th through 11th
Chili’s – Free entree from 11am to 5pm Friday. Choose from a menu of 6 options or any lunch entree.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one entree, get one free for veterans or active duty on Friday
Famous Dave’s – FREE Two Meat Salute on November 11. Choose two different meats served with corn bread muffin, corn-on-the-cob and your choice of one side.
Chick-fil-A Short Pump Crossing – Free Chick-fil-A Chicken sandwich meal for veterans with ID from 11am to 8pm on Friday. Ask for the Veteran’s Day Special.
Update: Olive Garden – Free entree from selected menu for veterans on Friday
Update: Chick-fil-A Westchester Commons – Free entree for active duty/veterans on Friday
Update: Chick-fil-A Parham Road – Free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich with military ID on Friday
Update: Lift Coffee Shop – Free cup of coffee to veterans
Update: Chick-fil-A Chesterfield Towne Center – Free chicken sandwich for current and former members of the military
Update: Chick-fil-A Hull Street – Free small peppermint milkshake coupon with any purchase
Golden Corral – Military Appreciation Monday November 14: Free dinner from 5-9pm (Note: NOT Friday)
Other businesses that offered military freebies last year included Moe’s of Glen Allen, Frostings, and Chick-fil-A Tuckernuck Plaza; I’ll update the list with details if I hear about them this year
Colonial Williamsburg extends a free admission offer to members of the military this weekend, November 11-13, with “Honoring Service to America” tickets.
From Friday through Sunday of Veterans Day weekend, Colonial Williamsburg offers free weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependants.
The “Honoring Service to America” ticket provides admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, art museums, and most daytime programs. It also includes free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, access to the short movie Williamsburg—The Story of a Patriot, and complimentary use of Colonial Williamsburg shuttle buses.
Thank you to my father-in-law, numerous friends, and everyone who has served or is serving to protect our country!
Restaurants nationwide are honoring members of the military with free food this Thursday, November 11. (I.D. requirements vary – check the links for details)
Applebee’s – Choice of free entree from menu of 7 choices for veteran’s and active duty military
Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage for military personnel
Chili’s – Free entree from a menu of 6 options
T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one entree, get one free for veterans or active duty (Might be Thursday through Sunday)
Chick-fil-A on Parham Rd – Free Chick-fil-A Sandwich to all active & reserve military personnel in uniform or veterans w/ ID on Thursday
Moe’s of Glen Allen – Free entree for veterans with ID (10839 Broad St)
The Boathouse – All Veteran’s that dine with us tonight, at either location, please present your military ID after you pay and you will be given a $25 gift card good on your next visit as our thank-you from The Boathouse
Frostings – Free cupcake for veterans
Golden Corral – Military Appreciation Monday November 15: Free dinner from 5-9pm (Note: NOT Thursday)
(Not verified online – call to check!) Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut for all active duty military and veterans
Famous Dave’s – 10% off guest check for parties with a veteran or active military personnel
Some deals found through Slickdeals
Thank you to my father-in-law, numerous friends, and everyone who has served or is serving to protect our country!
Kings Dominion is pleased to announce that it will offer FREE admission to active duty and retired military personnel on Sunday and Monday of the July 4th weekend as a part of its Tribute to the Armed Forces program. The exact dates are July 4, 5, 2010 and includes all branches of the service, National Guard and Reserves.
To receive the Free ticket, the active duty or retired service member must show a valid military ID or discharge papers at Kings Dominion on one of the dates of the program. Up to six family members or friends age 3 and above will also be able to purchase specially discounted tickets at the Park for $33.99 each. Children 2 and under are admitted free.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, active duty members of the military and their immediate families with ID can receive free admission to more than 600 museums nationwide, through a program called Blue Star Museums.
List of participating Virginia museums (some already have free admission):
Wilton House Museum
Virginia Historical Society
The Museum of the Confederacy
Meadow Farm Museum
Chesterfield County Museum
US Army Quartermaster Museum, Fort Lee
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum – Williamsburg, VA
Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg, VA
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum – Williamsburg, VA
Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop – Fredericksburg, VA
James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library – Fredericksburg, VA
Mary Washington House – Fredericksburg, VA
Muscarelle Museum of Art – Williamsburg, VA
Rising Sun Tavern – Fredericksburg, VA
Virginia Discovery Museum – Charlottesville, VA
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