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Salute to our veterans: Charlotte’s Top 5 Veterans Day Activities

posted by Regina Johnson November 10, 2017
Photo Coutesy: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images

Charlotte residents and businesses are all set to acknowledge and honor the men and women who served our country for Veterans Day this weekend.   Special offers, events and free or discounted admission to some of the area’s best attractions will be highlighted  to show gratitude and appreciation to our military veterans. As a salute to our veterans and all that they do, here are the top 5 activities going on in Charlotte.  Thank you for your service!


Work on your swing!

Photo courtesy of Topgolf

Topgolf Charlotte

Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost: $25 – $45 per hour with discounts for military
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Charlotte’s newest go-to entertainment spot, Topgolf, is honoring veterans with a complimentary lifetime membership, along with 10% off gameplay and 20% off all other memberships.  This special offer will be available to all military (active duty and veterans), police, fire and EMS personnel who visit on Nov. 11.

Click here for more information on Topgolf’s continuing efforts to give back to our heroes.


Breakfast for heroes.

Photo courtesy of Jen P. Paul Sherar

The Billy Graham Library

Friday, November 10, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Cost: FREE

The Billy Graham Library is offering a Veterans Day Breakfast and Tour to all military veterans.  The event allows for guest to enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, fellowship, and an inspiring word from Jim Walker, BGen, USMC (Ret), who served 33 years in the United States Marine Corps. After the breakfast, participants will be given a guided Journey of Faith tour. This event is free, but advance reservations are required.



Hand-crafted goodness for your favorite veteran!

Photo courtesy of Triple D CLT film

JJ’s Red Hots

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Menu options, FREE for veterans.

Who doesn’t love a great hot-dog with extra toppings from JJ’s Red Hots?  On Nov. 11, veterans can enjoy a free meal including unlimited hot dogs, sausages, sides and non-alcoholic drinks all day.

Veterans and troops hold a special place in our hearts and we look forward to welcoming them with open arms and treating them to a no-catches free meal,” said Brandy Newton, JJ’s chief brand officer. “It’s always one of the best days of the year for us because we get to thank them in person while they enjoy free food.” (



Explore, discover, learn.

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Discovery Place

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Veterans are FREE, tickets for family of military personnel are available at a discounted rate of $2 off admission.

Roundup the family and your favorite veteran and head out to explore Discovery Place. Charlotte’s favorite place to learn and let curious minds wonder is showing their appreciation by offering all members of the US military and veterans free Museum admission at Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature and Discovery Place Kids.


Reflect on historical art.

Photo courtesy of The Duke Mansion

The Duke Mansion

Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE for everyone

The Duke Mansion invites guests to come out for their annual celebration of Veteran’s Day.  This year, as part of the ongoing Explore History series, they will feature the works of Dan Nance, a historical artist whose love for art and history lead him to create some pretty fascinating paintings of important moments across the decades.

Honorable Mentions

Need for speed.

NASCAR Hall of Fame – Photo by Kyo H Nam Photography

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (April to October) and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (November to March)
Cost: $18 military, $25 adults, $22 seniors (65+),  $12-18 children (3-12), Free for members

Make it a family outing with a veteran and experience the thrill of racing from start to finish. This museum features relics from famed drivers—cars, fire suits, trophies, helmets and more—as well as interactive exhibits. Walk through a hauler, practice a pit stop or test your skill in a racing simulator. Wander through Glory Road, which chronicles NASCAR’s beginnings to present day. Then, pay your respects in the Hall of Honor, the exhibit dedicated to NASCAR’s legends and Hall of Fame inductees. If you’ve got a day to devote to explore, check out the Racing Insiders Tour, an all-access, in-depth tour that includes lunch and a behind-the-scene tour through the Charlotte racing community.

Veterans Day Parade – November 4, 2017

Photo courtesy of Carolinas Freedom Foundation

The annual Salute to Veterans Parade is a favorite of ours.  Every year participants and spectators gather to watch and salute the procession as it makes its way down Center City’s Tryon Street. Local middle and high school bands, the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program units, active military units, antique cars and veteran organizations all participate in this family-friendly event.


Veteran Spotlight: Rob Jones, Marine Corps Reserve.

Photo courtesy of Twitter @RobJonesJourney

One of the things they teach you in the Marine Corps from the get-go is your mission is the most important thing, it’s more important than yourself. And so, my mission is to help my brother veterans get back into society and get back into their families, and that’s more important than me.”

Rob Jones, a veteran marine and double amputee, has made it his mission to run 31 marathons in 31 days.  His journey will take him across the country with his 29th stop having been right here in the Queen City.  Rob’s goal is to raise $1,000,000 for wounded veteran charities and to raise awareness concerning the struggle of America’s veteran population.  Learn more about Rob’s story and his run through Charlotte:

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