Wesley Tingey/Unsplash

11 Ways to Celebrate Veterans Day in New Orleans

09:00 November 09, 2020
By: Blake Anderson

Every year, on November 11, the United States celebrates Veterans Day. This holiday honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. November 11 also commemorates the day that World War I officially ended. Whether you have someone close to you who is active or retired military or a veteran, or you're just thankful for those who have fought for your freedom, now is your chance to honor them. Here are 11 ways to celebrate Veterans Day this year.

Honor and Duty: The Chinese American WWII Veterans Panel

Join the War World II Museum; E. Samantha Cheng, the author of Honor and Duty: The Chinese American WWII Veterans; and other panel members as they discuss the lives and service of the Chinese American soldiers who fought in WWII. Honoring Veterans Day, this webinar on Facebook mainly discusses how, after the bombing of Pear Harbor, almost 20 percent of the Chinese American population signed up and fought for every branch of the United States Armed Forces. The webinar takes place Tuesday, November 10, from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Online Event, (504) 528-1944, nationalww2museum.org/events-programs/events/127977-honor-and-duty-chinese-american-wwii-veterans-panel-discussion

Sport Clips Haircuts

For Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11, participating Sport Clips Haircuts locations will be supporting the Help A Hero cause, by offering free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans with valid proof of service. There are two participating locations in Greater New Orleans that will be honoring the veterans on Wednesday, in Metairie and Kenner. Sports Clips is the hair salon for men, whose mission is "to provide a championship haircut experience in an exciting sports-themed environment." You do not need an appointment; walk-ins are always welcome.
3535 Severn Ave. Suite 4, Metairie, (504) 644-4429
2705 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite C, Kenner, (504) 461-3443,

Veterans Plaza

In St. Tammany Parish on Veterans Day, the Veterans Plaza will be rededicated at the Parish Justice Center, according to Nola.com. The parish will be unveiling about 500 refurbished bricks that honor local veterans. A registry helping visitors locate a particular veteran's honorary brick on-site will also be presented at the Veterans Plaza. Lane Carson, a spokesperson for the Veterans Foundation, stated that he is looking forward to the event, saying, "This is going to be a special event to honor our veterans." St. Tammany officials suggest that visitors wear masks and continue to social distance. 701 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 809-8700, 10 a.m.

Veterans Day at the Museum

Visit the World War II Museum on Wednesday, November 11, to honor U.S. veterans. Veterans of all military conflicts will be given free admission. The WWII Museum will also be hosting all-day engaging online commemorative programming, and the online stream begins at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day. The World War II Museum is open on Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for in-person visits, and their online Veterans Day celebration will feature a variety of informational activities. 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1944, nationalww2museum.org

Target Stores

The popular retail corporation Target will be supporting veterans and military members this Veterans Day to thank them for serving our nation and communities. Between November 1 and November 11, Target will be offering a 10 percent discount to all U.S. active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. To take advantage of this offer, be sure to register in advance here. The coupon can be used either in-store or online, and guests can also get access to many other perks.
4500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., (504) 888-2184
1401 W. Esplanade Ave. Ste 200, (504) 617-4859,

Red Lobster

The most delicious way to honor Veterans Day this year is at Red Lobster. On Wednesday, November 11, the restaurants will be thanking veterans, active-duty personnel, and reservists for their services with a free appetizer or dessert. The restaurant asks that military guests bring a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem the offer. The appetizer and dessert menu both feature a variety of mouthwatering dishes. 3020 N. Causeway Blvd., (504) 838-1285, redlobster.com

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints are honoring veterans and active-duty military this Veterans Day with an online apparel collection. The 2020 Salute to Service collection features sweatshirts, long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirts, beanies, hats, and more. Items were designed using military uniforms as inspiration, and some products feature a military American flag patch. The NFL does not profit from the sale of Salute to Service products; all contributions are donated to the NFL's military nonprofit partners. Online Only: nflshop.com/new-orleans-saints/veterans-day


Celebrate Veterans Day this year with a hot-brewed cup of coffee at Starbucks. For every cup of hot-brewed coffee, Starbucks will be donating 25 cents to support the mental health of military communities. The donations will be split between Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) and Headstrong Project, two nonprofit organizations that support the well-being and mental health of military communities. For veterans, active duty, and military spouses, you will receive a 12-ounce cup of Starbucks hot-brewed coffee for free. Offer must be redeemed in-person. Multiple locations, (800) 782-7282, www.starbucks.com

The Victory Belles Salute to Veterans

Another event at the World War II Museum for Veterans Day is the Victory Belles' Salute to Veterans. On Wednesday, November 11, the Victory Belles will be giving a special livestream performance for veterans around the world. The event will be an hour long, starting at 3 p.m. To watch the livestream, click here. Online Event: nationalww2museum.org


For the last 12 years, Applebee's restaurants have celebrated Veterans Day by serving free meals to veterans and active-duty military. This is one of the restaurant's favorite annual celebrations; they are happy to honor those who sacrifice their lives for us. Join Applebee's Wednesday, November 11, for all of your favorites, from burgers to pasta to sandwiches to seafood. 4005 General Degaulle Dr., (504) 361-9700, applebees.com/en

Big Lots Stores

For the veterans and active duty military who are members of their Big Reward Programs, Big Lots will be providing a year-round 10-percent discount. Big Lots is very passionate about helping veterans and their families, as the corporation has a partnership with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. The coupon will be available to use all year, as of November 1.
755 Veterans Memorial Blvd., (504) 837-1862
1002 S Clearview Pkwy., Ste. B., (504) 733-0822,

Sign Up!