Everyday is a great day to celebrate and honor and serve our Veterans. The 2017 Veterans Day parades, events, free meals, deals and more can be found all across the Tampa Bay area.

As Veterans Day approaches we will continually update this list as restaurants and companies announce their Veteran’s Day specials.

Veterans Day 2017 will be on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 and designated as a Federal Holiday on Friday, November 10th, 2017.


Below you will find our top picks for 2017 Veterans Day.


Veterans Day PARADES


James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital,

13000 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612

The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Clinics is honoring Veterans with their 10th annual ceremony, parade and cookout near the hospital. Come see Tampa Bay’s finest marching bands, organizations and community members. Col. Cary Harbaugh, director of U.S. SOCOM Warrior Care Coalition, will speak at the ceremony.


Ruskin Veterans Parade with VFW 6287 Post
Ruskin Memorial VFW Post 6287
5120 N US Highway 41
Apollo Beach, Florida 33572

Come honor and celebrate our Veterans with VFW 6287 Post in Ruskin, FL on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11 am. There will be tons to see at the parade, including high schools, civic organizations, churches, businesses and more who will help parade through the street. There will also be food, entertainment, awards and more. Find out more.


Town’n Country Park,
7000 Hanna Ave W
Tampa, Florida 33615
The Town N Country Community will once again host the state’s largest Veterans Day Parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature Bay Crest Sea Gulls, Alonzo Band, Alonzo ROTC, Pierce Band, Web Band, Berkley Band, American Leigon Post 152, Girl Scouts of Central Florida and many more. To see the parade map, please visit veteransparade.org


Come salute our veterans! A patriotic Veterans Day Parade will be held downtown Zephyrhills, along 5th Ave on Saturday, Nov. 11th from 9:30-11 a.m. The parade features participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active duty and retired military units, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, military organizations, decorative floats, JROTC units and more.

Veteran’s Day Remembrance Ceremony will start at 11:11 a.m. at Zephyr Park begining at 11:11 am. The ceremony will be a salute to Veterans, that honors and pays tribute to our nation’s veterans, active duty service members, military families and patriotic supporters

Lakeland Center
701 W Lime St
Lakeland, FL 33815

Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. 
The Polk County Veterans Council will host the annual Veterans Day Parade through Lakeland. Parade Steps Off at 11 a.m. at the Lakeland Center and will continue around downtown Lakeland.


Veterans Day Parade in Brooksville 

November 11 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Veterans’ Day Parade – November 11, 2017 The City of Brooksville and The Enrichment Center are proud to sponsor the Veteran’s Day Parade in Downtown Brooksville.  The parade will be at 10:00 a.m., with the line-up beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Please see flyer here.  For any questions, please call 352-544-6022

Find out more »



Veterans Day Event at Westfield Brandon 

November 11 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Westfield Brandon Mall459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

Celebrate Our Local Veterans And Active Military at Westfield Brandon November 11, 2017 from 4pm-8pm Join us at Westfield Brandon as we welcome runners participating in the final leg of the Old Glory Relay. In partnership with Team Red, White & Blue, whose mission it is to enrich the lives of American veterans, Westfield is…Find out more »

Veterans Day Celebration at Largo Central Park

Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Dr
Largo, FL 33771

Join the celebration after at 11:11 a.m. ans after the the ceremony there will be Live bands, military vehicle displays, free flight bird presentations, youth activities and food trucks will all. The festivities will run until 4 p.m.


City of Safety Harbor Veterans Day Event

The City of Safety Harbor, American Legion Post 238, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10093 will present a salute to all of those brave men and women that have served and are currently serving our country on Veterans Day.

Join them on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to Noon. All are invited to attend.

IKEA Tampa Kids Academy

The IKEA Kids Academy provides lots of free and fun activities for kids on select days throughout the year. In the past on Veterans Day, they invite families to bring the kids for a free craft and free food.


Veterans Day at The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum,
One Dali Blvd 
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

Friday, November 10-11, 2017, the Dali Museum will provide complimentary admission all day for veterans and active duty military members with ID, plus one guest each.

Friday, November 10th: 11am in the Avant Garden as volunteers and staff read a selection of wishes left throughout the year on our Wish Tree. After the reading, visitors are invited to add a wish of gratitude and write letters to service members and veterans in honor of this special day.

Saturday, November 11: Visitors are invited to add a wish of gratitude and write letters to service members and veterans in honor of this special day.



FREE Admission/Offers

2017 Free Entrance Days at U.S. National Parks

November 11-12, 2017

The National Parks Service offers several free entrance days to National Parks throughout the year. On Veterans Day weekend from November 11th to the 12th, everyone can enjoy free admission to nearly all of the national parks throughout the U.S.

Glazer Children’s Museum

Join Glazer Children’s Museum for a celebration of our service men and women. Free admission for Veterans and Active Military Families!


Florida Aquarium

Nov. 11; 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All active duty military, retired, prior service of the Armed Forces (including Guards and Reserves), and a dependent, can receive one free general admission ticket to The Florida Aquarium (limit two free tickets total)*. Additional guests (up to four people) can receive a discounted $15 general admission ticket. All discounts only eligible if ticket is purchased at the Aquarium’s ticket office in-person.

*To receive this offer, veterans must present military ID DD-1172, Retired ID DD-2, Dependent ID, or copy of DD-214 with photo ID or state-issued ID / driver’s license with the veteran designation, to The Florida Aquarium ticket office on 11/11/2017.


The Dali Museum

Veterans Day admission is complimentary all day for veterans and active duty military members with valid ID, plus one guest each.


Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is offering free admission to members of the U.S. military (active duty, retirees and veterans) plus one free guest. Admission for additional dependents or guests may be purchased during the same transaction for a special rate of $15 per person (adult or child).





Bob Evans
On Veterans Day 11-11-17, Veterans and active military personnel will receive a free meal from a select menu. Guest are eligible for the free meal by showing proof of military service or wearing a military uniform.


Chicken Salad Chick 
Free chicken meal and regular drink for Veterans on Friday, November 10th. Proof of service is requested.



Stop by Chipotle with your U.S. military ID on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 5pm-close, and they will hook you up with a BUY-ONE /GET ONE FREE BURRITO, BOWL, SALAD OR ORDER OF TACOS as a small (foil-wrapped) token of thanks for your service.

Offer valid for all U.S. military (Active-duty, Reserves, National Guard, Retired), military spouses, and veterans. For in-restaurant orders only; offer not valid for online, mobile, fax, or catering orders.


Chuck E. Cheese
This Veteran’s Day, Chuck E. Cheese’s will thank veterans for their service by offering one free personal 1-topping pizza to military veterans at all U.S. restaurants.The Veteran’s Day offer is good on Nov. 11, 2017 for retired service members with valid Military ID or proof of military service. Promo code #5500.
To celebrate America’s veterans this year, Denny’s invites active, inactive and military personnel into its booths on Friday, Nov. 10 , 2017 to enjoy a free Build Your Own Grand Slam® as a thank you for their service and dedication to the nation.The Grand Slam breakfast includes a choice of  two buttermilk or wheat pancakes, two eggs cooked to order, two bacon strips or hash browns. The offer is valid from 5 a.m. to noon with a valid military ID.
All active duty and retired Veterans are invited to come in and enjoy Free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Friday, November 10. Military ID or proof of service is required.


Free Entrée for Veterans!* Entrées up to $9.99 in value. Soup, garden salad, dessert or beverage is not included. *Offer valid for active, reserve or retired service members. Please show some form of military ID.


Red Lobster
To thank Veterans, active duty military and reservists, Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu. Show a valid military ID on November 11th, to receive offer.


Red Robin
Red Robin has a free Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day for active duty and retired service members. Proof of service is required.


Texas Roadhouse
On Saturday November 11th, Texas Roadhouse is offering a free special Veterans Day lunch menu including a beverage and sides.


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