As Veterans Day approaches, it’s time to plan a weekend full of gratitude, reflection, and adventure in the beautiful landscapes of Reno, Tahoe, Virginia City, and Carson City. Locals Choice Nevada has curated a list of activities that blend history, outdoor exploration, and community events to make this Veterans Day weekend truly special.
Reno’s Veterans Day Parade:
Start your weekend by joining the vibrant Veterans Day Parade in downtown Reno on Saturday morning. This annual event celebrates the service of our military members and showcases the community’s support. Wave your flags and cheer as the parade marches through the heart of the city, creating a lively atmosphere that honors our heroes. The City of Reno will host the annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 11:11 a.m. The parade theme is “Service,” reflecting the military value and tradition of answering the call to duty
All month long — “A Salute to Service” at the National Automobile Museum: Downtown Reno’s auto museum will host an exhibit throughout November, which includes General Patton’s 1942 jeep, General Pershing’s overseas limousine and several other vehicles that have served American troops overseas. Veterans and active-duty military receive discounted admission year-round at the Auto Museum.
Explore Carson City’s Military History:
Head south to Carson City and immerse yourself in the area’s rich military history. Visit the Nevada State Museum to discover artifacts, exhibits, and stories highlighting Carson City’s significant role in the nation’s defense. Take a stroll through the historic district to admire the architecture and imagine life during times of war.
Virginia City Salutes Veterans:
Step back in time by visiting Virginia City, where the Old West comes alive. Virginia City will host special events and salutes throughout the weekend to honor veterans. Take a ride on the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Comstock Lode while learning about the region’s mining and military history.
Outdoor Adventures in Lake Tahoe:
Escape to the serene beauty of Lake Tahoe for a day of outdoor exploration. Hike along the shores, breathe in the crisp mountain air, or relax by the lake. Consider a scenic cruise to appreciate the stunning fall colors and snow-capped peaks. Tahoe’s natural beauty provides the perfect backdrop for reflecting on the sacrifices made by our veterans.
Veterans Appreciation Dinner in Reno:
As Veterans Day approaches, Locals Choice Nevada brings you a curated list of activities and highlights exclusive dining deals for veterans and active-duty military personnel in the Reno area. Reno restaurants and businesses salute our heroes with free meals, treats, and special discounts on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
Dining Deals in Reno:
Veterans can enjoy a free meal from a special menu on November 11, along with a $5 gift card for use over the following three weeks. This offer is valid for dine-in only, and proof of U.S. military service is required. Don’t forget to mention the offer to your server.
Atlantis’ Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille:
Between November 8 and November 10, veterans can savor one complimentary lunch buffet at Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille. To redeem this offer, guests must present their Monarch Rewards card and a valid military ID, military spouse ID, or DD-214.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse:
On Veterans Day, indulge in a free Chocolate Chunk Pizookie with a purchase of $11.95 or more at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Additionally, receive a coupon for a free appetizer between November 12 and December 31 for any purchase of $14.95 or more.
California Pizza Kitchen:
Veterans can enjoy a complimentary beverage and entrée from a special menu at California Pizza Kitchen on Veterans Day.
On November 11, Chili’s is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free meal from a limited menu for dine-in only. Ensure you bring proof of service, such as a military ID.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit:
Veterans and active-duty military personnel can savor a free pulled pork sandwich at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on November 11.
Fox Brewery & Pub:
This Northern Nevada brewery offers a burger and a draft beer to veterans and active military on November 11. Show your veteran’s hat, military ID, or other proof of service to your server upon ordering at both its Carson City and Reno locations.
All military, law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders receive a year-round 10% discount on the entire check at Outback Steakhouse.
Pilot Flying J:
Veterans can enjoy complimentary meals (up to $12) at Pilot Flying J from Nov. 10-12.
On November 11, veterans can dine in at Red Lobster between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive free shrimp and chips.
Enjoy a free Red’s Big Tavern burger and bottomless steak fries at Red Robin on November 11. This offer is valid for dine-in only.
Starbucks offers a free tall (12 oz.) hot or cold brewed coffee to veterans, military service members, and military spouses on Veterans Day.
Before heading to these establishments, remember to check with your closest location to confirm participation and any specific requirements. This Veterans Day, let the community come together to honor and appreciate the service of our heroes, not just with activities but with a special touch of culinary gratitude.
This Veterans Day weekend, make memories that honor the past and celebrate the present in the company of friends, family, and the communities that appreciate the sacrifices of our veterans. Whether you’re exploring the historic streets of Virginia City, reflecting in Carson City, or enjoying the natural wonders of Lake Tahoe, this weekend is a tribute to our nation’s heroes.