Ways Your Family Can Honor Veterans Day Near Greenville, SC

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looking for something to do to celebrate Veterans Day Near Greenville, SC? Our country has set aside a special day in honor of the military personal that have served, and are still with us, on Veterans Day. If you’ve served our country, Kidding Around wants to offer a heartfelt thank you for your service.

This year Veterans Day is on Saturday, November 11th, 2023.

Greenville, Spartanburg, and the surrounding areas of the Upstate have several ways you and your family can get out to honor our military. Please note the date and times where provided, as not all events are on Veterans Day.

Events Honoring Veterans

The Wall That Heals – Spartanburg

Thursday, November 9 – Sunday, November 12, 2023 | Open 24 hours
Located at the Spartanburg Memorial Downtown Airport. From the website:
The Wall That Heals, is a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War, and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.”

Freedom Isn’t Free – Anderson

Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 7 pm
A concert honoring veterans at the Turner Chapel; free tickets required

Veterans Day Celebration – Landrum

Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 7 pm
Everyone is welcome to come a patriotic Veterans Day celebration at the Landrum Market Pavilion.

Upstate Salute at Fluor Field– Greenville

Sunday, November 12th, 2023 | Gates open at 3 PM
Featuring aerial flyovers, paratroopers, concessions, a free concert from Jefferson Starship, ending with a fireworks display. The event is free but you must grab a free ticket beforehand. Follow Upstate Salute on Facebook for the full agenda as it is announced.

Veterans Day Ceremony– Simpsonville

Friday, November 10, 2023 | 11 am – Noon
At Veterans Corner in Simpsonville, the city will honor veterans with a keynote speech and men’s choir performance.

Veterans Day Ceremony – Mauldin

Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 11 am
The event program at the Mauldin Veterans Memorial will include a welcome from City Administrator Seth Duncan, opening and closing prayers by Pastor Wade Leonard of Mauldin First Baptist, Posting of Colors by American Legion Post 271, a Quilts of Valor presentation, musical selections, and remarks by Mayor Terry Merritt, an Air Force veteran.

Spartanburg American Legion Post 28 Veterans Day Parade – Spartanburg

Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 4 pm
The annual Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 11th from 4:30PM – 5:30PM. The parade route will begin at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, proceed down Church Street, and end at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. .

Pickens County Veterans Day Celebration & Parade – Pickens

Sunday, November 12, 2023 | 1:30-5:30 pm
A full day of celebrations in Pickens: 1:30-3 pm- food, vendors, kids zone; 3 pm – parade; 4:30 pm – show.

Memorials to Visit In Honor of Veterans Day

There are often wreath-laying ceremonies at local war memorials in honor of Veterans Day.

Battlefields & Parks to Visit

Discounts and Free Admission for Veterans and Military Personnel

Active and retired military must show valid ID for these Discounts. Please see individual websites for discount details.

  • Kids Play & Cafe | November 11, 2023 Noon-8 pm
    Free admission for veterans and their families with ID
  • Takeoff Mini-Golf | November 11, 2023
    Veterans enjoy 10% off their ticket
  • Zoo Atlanta | Ongoing Promotion
    Free Admission for all Active Duty, reserves, veterans, and retired members of the US Armed Forces
    Zoo Atlanta: Watch Adorable Panda Cubs Romp and Play in Atlanta, GA
  • National Parks
    All National Parks that charge admission are free entry on Veterans Day for everyone
  • Climb@Blue Ridge | November 11, 2023
    They are offering free climbing to any veteran or active duty military on Veterans Day
  • Dave & Buster’s | November 11, 2023
    Veterans receive a free entree up to $20 + $10 playing card on Veteran’s Day

Free or Discounted Meals for Veterans for 2023

Active and retired military must show valid ID for these Discounts. Please check with local restaurants for discount details. Offers are only valid on Veterans Day unless otherwise noted.

  • Craft Axe & White Duck Taco
    Craft Axe Throwing and White Duck Taco are proud to honor our veterans and active military with free experience upgrades with purchase of a bundle November 8th-10th. On November 11th all veterans and active military throw free for 45 minutes and receive free chips and salsa/queso from White Duck Taco.
  • Chophouse ’47
    On Nov. 11, any U.S. veteran or active-duty member of the armed forces with I.D. is invited to enjoy any entrée from the full menu at half price.
  • Texas Roadhouse | Veterans Day
    Free dinner vouchers will be handed out from 11 am – 2 pm and can be redeemed through May, 30th, 2024.
  • Applebees
    Free meal chosen from a limited menu
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
    Free order of boneless wings and fries
  • Chicken Salad Chick
    Free meal at all locations
  • Chili’s
    Free meal chosen from a limited menu
  • Cracker Barrel
    Free Double Chocolate coca-cola cake when dining in or online
  • Dunkin’
    Free donut at participating locations
  • Joe’s Crab Shack
    20% off Dine-in meal
  • Krispy Kreme
    Free donut and coffee, in-shop of drive-thru only
  • Little Caesars
    Free lunch combo from 11 am – 2 pm
  • Olive Garden
    Free meal chosen from a limited menu
  • Outback Steakhouse
    Free soft drink and Bloomin’ onion
  • Starbucks
    Free 12 oz hot or iced coffee (Spouses included)
  • Yard House
    One free appetizer
  • Red Lobster
     Free Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Fries, and Coleslaw from 11 am – 4 pm
  • Hooters
    Free entree from a special menu with the purchase of a beverage. Dine-in only
  • 7-Eleven
    Free coffee or Big Gulp 
  • Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
    Free Big Daddy’s All-American burger and side from 11 am to 4 pm. Dine in only
  • Denny’s
    Free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast from 5 am until noon
  • Golden Corral
    Military Appreciation Night November 14th, 2022 at 5 pm. Free “thank you” meal
  • IHOP
    Free Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes. Dine-in only
  • Logan’s Roadhouse
    Free meal from the American Roadhouse menu from 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Smoothie King
    Free 20-ounce smoothie with a military ID

Businesses with Discounts or Free Items For Veterans

Active and retired military must show valid ID for these Discounts. Please check with locations for discount details. Offers are only valid on Veterans Day unless otherwise noted.

  • Target
    10% discount for two transactions, must preregister with Target Circle
  • Sports Clips
    Free haircuts to military with proper ID
  • Great Clips
    Free haircut – one on Veterans day or a voucher to return
  • Rack Room Shoes
    20% off on Veterans Day, 10% off year-round
  • Home Depot
    10% off purchase
  • Big Lots | Year Round
    Military members get a year-round discount when enrolled in the “Big Reward Program”
  • Walgreens
    20% off eligible, regular-price purchases in-store when using a Walgreens membership
About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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