Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is observed on November 11 each year. The day is set aside to honor our military veterans, those who have served their country.
The Cincinnati area is proud to honor our veterans with these special 2022 Veterans Day events and freebies:
Veterans Day Events in Cincinnati:
November 5: DAV 5k, Run to Honor Veterans. The DAV 5K Cincinnati is a walk, roll, run, and ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. The DAV 5K will be held at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH.
November 6: Memorial Hall’s Veterans Day Salute is happening from 11:30am to 7pm. The event features “Greater Cincinnati Military Veterans Throughout the Ages”, a lecture presentation featuring Professor Richard Davis, historian Daryl Smith, Captain Steve Murray (Desert Storm) and Bob Abrams (Vietnam). Special guest Major Ed Burke represents World War II; a Cincinnati Veterans Art Exhibition; The Queen City Concert Band’s “Veterans Salute” performance; and a reception.
All programs are free of charge but you must register in advance (online or call 513-977-8838).
November 6: There will be a ceremony at the Courthouse steps (1:30pm) followed a Veterans Day Parade in Batavia (starting at 2pm). The parade route travels down Main Street from Haskell Lane to Clermont Sun Offices.
November 7-13: It’s Veteran’s WEEK at Rhinegeist. Stop into the taproom from Monday, 11/7 through Sunday, 11/13 and grab a pint, growler or crowler of Valor! Brewed every year to honor the incredible group of vets here at Rhinegeist, this year’s Valor is a crisp, traditional Lager, showcasing a bready malt profile and clean, refreshing finish. Proceeds from this year’s Valor sales will benefit Joseph House.
November 11: VFW Post 10380 Veterans Day Ceremony 11am-12pm at Veteran’s Park Plaza (6231 Harrison Ave). VFW Post 10380 will showcase their float commemorating the Battle of Iwo Jima. The public is invited to pay their respects while practicing social distancing.
November 11: Blue Ash Veterans Day Ceremony and Luncheon will take place starting at 10:30am. The event, which is open to the public, features a memorial ceremony, tolling of bells, music from the Ohio Military Band, and keynote speaker Jim Meyers. The 2018 Veteran of the Year, Meyers is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, a former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, and a former Commander of American Legion NE Post 630. During the ceremony, students from Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School will read essays they have written for the event and will place wreaths at the base of the statues at the park. Numerous area veterans and dignitaries will be in attendance. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to a luncheon at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. The meal is prepared by members of the 123rd Air Control Squadron. Cost is $5 per person. During the luncheon, Blue Ash Mayor Marc Sirkin and the Veterans Committee will recognize the 2022 Veteran of the Year.
November 11: There’s a Veterans Day Service at Eden Park, 11am-1pm. This annual event honors those who have served in the United States military. The service will include patriotic music and guest speakers.
November 11: Head to the Rhinegeist Taproom from noon to 6pm for a Veterans Day Celebration. They’ll have a restored A7 cockpit on hand courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, flight simulations going on in the parking lot, and Top Gun Trivia (both hosted by Thousand Pounds of Heart) kicking off at 3pm. Veterans receive $1 pints all day (as a token of appreciation for your service)!
November 12: Queen City Harley-Davidson is throwing a Veterans Appreciation Day Party, 10am-6pm. They will have the VFW Post 7696 on site with their food truck and Jordan Woods will perform from 12-3pm. Join in and give thanks to all who served.
November 13: The Honor Run (Florence, Ky) returns for 2022. All proceeds from the Honor Run Half Marathon, 10K Run/Walk, and 5K Run/Walk are donated to Honor Flight Tri State to help send our local Veterans who have served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to Washington DC for the day to see the memorials that they have earned.
Free Admission for Veterans:
B105 Military Days at the Cincinnati Zoo: All members of the military — active and retired — will receive FREE admission to the Zoo on Veteran’s Day. The offer also allows military personnel to purchase up to six (6) half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family. Military personnel who qualify for the free admission ticket and discount offer for family members include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID.
The Cincinnati Museum Center and the Holocaust and Humanity Center invites and welcomes all Veterans with free Museum Admission and parking (Friday, Nov. 11, 2022). This offer extends to all retired and active military members. Simply show your military ID or proof of service at the box office to receive your free ticket and parking voucher. This offer does not include the OMNIMAX® Theater or Holiday Junction.
Free Meals for Veterans on 11-11-22:
Another Broken Egg is offering a free Patriot French Toast Combo and coffee to all veterans, active and retired military service members on 11-11-22. Available for dine in only at participating cafes; limit one per person.
BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurant: All current and former military can enjoy a free entree (from their select menu) and a free Dr. Pepper beverage on November 11, 2022. Dine in only. Must present Military ID or other proof of service. Limit one per person.
Bob Evans: Veterans and Active Duty Military, this Veterans’ Day your meal is on Bob Evans. Guests who dine in at their local Bob Evans Restaurant on November 11, 2022 can choose from one of 10 farm-fresh breakfast items from a special menu available all day. The offering is part of Bob Evans longstanding support for the military community, saluting the life and legacy of founder Bob Evans, a veteran himself. Dine-in only, beverage not included. Guests wishing to enjoy a free Veterans Day meal must provide proof of service. Accepted indentification includes: US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e. American Legion, VFW), photograph of yourself in uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, and citation or commendation.
Chili’s Grill and Bar is honored to be at YOUR service. All veterans and active duty military personnel can enjoy a complimentary entree (choose from a list they provide) on Nov. 11, 2022. Dine in only.
Dunkin’ is honoring the devoted members of the military with a free donut on Veterans Day. All retired and active military members are eligible on Nov. 11, 2022. In store only; limit one per guest while supplies last.
Gold Star Chili is celebrating those who have served our country with a complimentary regular 3-Way and regular drink with any proof* of service. Available for dine-in, carry out, or drive thru. *Proof of service includes: Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans organization card (e.g., American Legion, VFW), present yourself in uniform, a photograph of yourself in uniform, a citation or commendation.
Golden Corral: Golden Corral is proud to have honored our active and former military members for 20 years through Military Appreciation Night, and are excited to be able to return to a Dine in celebration this year! Military Appreciation Night will be held on Veterans Day, Monday, November 14 from 5pm – close. They will once again be honoring our military heroes with a free “thank you” meal.
Hard Rock Cincinnati and Brick’d will be having a free lunch special for Veteran’s and active duty on 11-11-22 from 11am to 3pm. Choose any Smash Burger or a Chicken Caesar Salad at the Hard Rock Cafe or choose andy pizza (or build your own 2 topper) at Brick’D. Pete Wagner Band will be playing at the Cafe!
iHop is serving up pancakes for our veterans and active duty military on November 11, 2022, 7am-7pm. Get free Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes at participating locations. Dine in only, 1 per guest. Restrictions apply. Military ID or proof of service required. See restaurant for details. For a limited time at participating restaurants. Free menu item may vary by location.
Little Caesars is offering a Free Lunch Combo for veterans on November 11, 2022. Enjoy a 4-slice Detroit-Style Deep Dish pizza with pepperoni and a 20oz. Pepsi product from 11am to 2 pm (in store only; Nov. 11, 2022 only). Must present a valid military ID. Includes all veterans, active or honorably discharged members of the military. Veterans can present their ID card or DD-214 form.
Paxton’s Grill is offering all Veterans and Active Duty Military a complimentary meal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. Thank you for your service!
Ramsey’s Trailside is offering all Veterans and Active Duty Military a complimentary meal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. Thank you for your service!
Red Robin says, “It’s our turn to serve you.” Veterans and active military can enjoy a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger (comes with bottomless fries) on 11-11-22. Dine-in only; proof of service required.
Sweets & Meats BBQ is offering a complimentary pulled pork sandwich to all veterans, active duty military personnel, & reserves, November 11, 2022. They ask you to bring your ID. No substitutions and one sandwich per person. 11am – 8pm.
SwingLine Madiera is offering all Veterans and Active Duty Military a complimentary meal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. Thank you for your service!
Tom & Chee is offering all Veterans a free melt on Veterans Day (with proof of service). Proof of service includes: Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans organization card (e.g., American Legion, VFW), present yourself in uniform, a photograph of yourself in uniform, a citation or commendation. Excludes Tom & Chee Kings Island.
Wendy’s salutes veterans and active military with a free Breakfast Combo on 11-11-22, 6:30-10:30am. Veterans and active military simply need to show a valid military ID or a Veterans Advantage card in-store or at the drive-thru to enjoy a morning meal on Wendy’s. Free breakfast combo includes a coffee or carbonated soft drink, breakfast sandwich and seasoned potatoes. One per person with veterans or military ID.
White Castle celebrates Veterans Day by giving a complimentary Combo Meal to veterans and active duty service members. Dine-in only. No purchase is necessary, but veterans and active duty personnel are requested to show a military ID.
Yard House is honoring those who have served our country (both veterans and active military) by inviting them in for a complimentary appetizer on Veterans Day.
Other Veterans Day Offers:
Great Clips: This year on Veterans Day – Friday, November 11 – veterans and active military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon and receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card. In addition, non-military customers who get a haircut on Veterans Day at Great Clips salons can pay it forward. They will receive a free haircut card they can give to an active service member or veteran as a way of saying thank you. The cards can be redeemed for a free haircut from November 12 through December 9, 2022.
Metro: Veterans and active duty military ride Metro free on Nov. 11. In addition, military members can qualify for half-price fare year-round through their Metro Veterans Program. Register for that here: https://www.go-metro.com/mvp