Veterans Day 2022 ceremonies and freebies in San Diego

Many local businesses are offering deals on Friday, Nov. 11, to military service members

SD Veterans Park Poway

Veterans Park in Poway will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

As a military town, Veterans Day is close to the hearts of San Diegans. We’ve rounded up some local ceremonies set for Friday, Nov. 11, that’ll honor those who’ve served + protected our freedom — plus a few freebies being offered to vets via local businesses.

🇺🇸 Ceremonies

  • Salute to Service Festival | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | USS Midway Museum | Free | A celebration aboard the historic aircraft carrier for all service members featuring live music, activities, food + drinks. Service members get free admission to the museum all day, too.
  • Veterans Day Ceremony | 11 a.m. | Veterans Park, Poway | Free | VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee honor those who serve.
  • VetFest 2022 | 9:30 a.m. | Grand Avenue, Escondido | Free | This North County celebration begins with a parade, followed by lunch at American Legion JB Clark Post 149.
  • #ThanksToVeterans | 10 a.m. | Veterans Museum, Balboa Park | Free | A fun run with actor + US Marine Corps vet Rob Riggle, plus food trucks via Veterans United, games, and more.
Marine Band San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego will honor US military service members with its Red, White, and Blue Salute from Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 13.

Photo via Marine Band San Diego + SeaWorld San Diego

🍔 Freebies

  • Show your military ID at Flagship Cruises to get a free ride on the San Diego Harbor Tour — and special savings of 15% off year-round.
  • SeaWorld San Diego will offer free admission to veterans and their families from Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 13, during its Red, White and Blue Salute — a special weekend featuring a flag ceremony, live music + fireworks.
  • SEA180° Coastal Tavern is offering veterans + active duty military personnel a complimentary appetizer selected from a special list.
SEA180 Coastal Tavern Veterans Day freebie

SEA180° Coastal Tavern is offering veterans + active duty military personnel a complimentary appetizer on Friday, Nov. 11.

  • Fogo de Chão is offering veterans + active duty service members 50% off food + 10% off for up to three guests. There’s a location in downtown San Diego.
  • Coco Maya in Little Italy will offer service members 20% off food + drinks.
  • Louisiana Purchase in North Park will offer a 20% discount to service members.
  • Second Chance Beer Co. will honor Veterans Day with a “buy one get one for 1 cent” on all pints at its taprooms in Carmel Mountain + North Park.
  • Good Bar in Point Loma will extend a 25% discount to all military personnel. Civilians can partake in the bar’s “Patriotic Pours” program and buy a drink for a service member to later redeem.
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