The Details: By Doreen Christensen November 10, 2011 06:00 AM
For Veterans Day, Central and South Florida business are showing their appreciation for veterans by serving up freebies and deals through Monday. We’ve rounded up a massive list of more than 30 freebies — from meals to entertainment and attractions to goods, services and shopping discounts — in our “Land of the Free” list.
To get the goods, there are two rules of engagement: Bring along your valid military ID and enjoy yourself.
We’ve also found a few offers for civilians, too, such as penny deals at McDonald’s on friday, free entrance to Everglades National Park and Canaveral National Seashore on Friday-Monday. Also, since Veterans Day falls on 11-11-11, there also are several $11 deals at South Florida attractions Miami Seaquarium and Jungle Island. That will come in handy with kids out of school.
ANHEUSER BUSCH THEME PARKS: Free entrance for military and their families at SeaWorld and Busch Garden and other parks for AB’s Here’s to the Heroes program; expires Dec.31.
APPLEBEE’S: Free entree for vets on Friday.
BED & BREAKFAST LODGING: Free stay at Bed and Breakfasts and Inns on Thursday, Nov. 10, for veterans from BnBsforVets.org.
BIG LOTS: 10 percent off on Friday for veterans.
CANES: Vets get a free $29.99 Hugo folding cane at Sam’s Clubs through Friday. You don’t have to be a member of the club to get the cane.
CAR WASHES: Free for vets, rain or shine on Friday from GraceforVets.org at various Central and South Florida locations.
CHILI’S: Free meals for vets at particpating locations from 11 a.m .to 5 p.m. on Friday.
DOLLAR GENERAL: 10 percent off for vetearns Friday through Sunday.
FLIFF: Free tickets to documentary film “The Lost Airmen of Buchenwald” for veterans and active-duty military at 3:45 p.m. Friday at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-3456.
GOLDEN CORRAL: Free meals for vets from 5 to 9 p.m. on MONDAY, Nov. 14.
HERTZ RENT-A-CAR: Hertz for the Heros program offers 40,000 free weekend rentals with valid miltiary ID on Friday through Dec. 31.
HOME DEPOT: Get 10 percent every day of the year.
HOOTERS: 10 free wings with drink purchase on Friday at particpating Central and South Florida locations.
JC PENNEY: Free $200 gift cards for clothes for 6,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for Welcome Heroes program.
JUNGLE ISLAND: Free entrance for veterans on Friday and $11 entrance for everyone else with canned good donation to benefit the American Veteran Food Assistance Program; admission normally $30.95.
LOWE’S: Get 10 percent for vets and their family on Friday-Sunday with ID.
MACY’S: 15 percent discount for everyone with coupon code VET15 at checkout on Friday.
MASTERPIECE BARBERSHOP: Free haircuts for those with valid military ID from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday; 3640-6 N. Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point; 954-623-7204.
McCORMICK & SCHMICKS: Free entree for veterans for lunch or dinner on SUNDAY, Nov. 13, at Orlando and West Palm Beach locations; reservations recommended.
McDONALD’S: Buy one, get one for 1 cent Big Macs and Quarter Pounders for everyone (not just vets) on Friday for Customer Appreciation Event at participating locations in Central and South Florida.
MIAMI SEAQUARIUM: $11 admission before 11 a.m.; $11 off after 11 a.m. with coupon good for up to six guests on Friday; Adult admission normally $38.95.
MUSIC: Free 12-song “Veterans Day Honor” album by U.S. Armed Forces bands from Amazon.com.
NATIONAL PARKS: Get free entrance to U.S. National Parks on Friday-Sunday. Includes: Everglades National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Gulf Islands National Seashore.
OLIVE GARDEN: Free entree for veterans on Friday.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE: Free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke through Friday.
7-ELEVEN: Free small slurpees for vets from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at participating locations.
SPORTS AUTHORITY: 15 percent off total purchase coupon good on Friday.
III FORKS: Free entree up to $35 with proof of service; locations at the Villages of Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach and Palm Beach Gardens;
T.G.I.FRIDAY’S: Buy one, get one free entree for veterans on Friday.
VILLAGE TAVERN: 50 percent off all food purchases for veterans and active military with valid ID on Friday. Locations in Pembroke Pines and Boynton Beach.
WEDDING GOWNS: Free wedding gowns for military brides from BridesAcrossAmerican.com.
YARD HOUSE: Free $10 Yard House gift card with valid military ID on Friday; locations in Coral Gables, Hallandale and Palm Beach Gardens.