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10 Restaurants Where You Can Score Serious Discounts and Freebies on July 4

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The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our freedom. Whether we choose to celebrate in our own backyards with some homemade condiments topped on grilled burgers and dogs, pasta salads galore and some homemade ice cream while fireworks light up the sky, or we’d rather be out and about and leave the cooking to someone else — it’s our freedom to choose.

If you plan to choose the latter, though, choose to save some money, too — and grab one or two or even four of these 10 deals celebrating Independence Day 2018.

10 Food Deals to Celebrate Independence Day 2018

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From free funnel cakes to cheap pizza, shakes and floats, these Fourth of July deals will add some fuel to your tank while you spend the day celebrating freedom.

1. Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub is celebrating “the land of the free because of the brave” on Wednesday, July 4, by offering all veterans and active-duty military personnel a free appetizer with the purchase of any meal with proof of service.

2. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

In celebration of America’s birthday, kids eat free at Applebee’s. When you dine in at your local Applebee’s on July 4, you can get up to two free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entree. Call your neighborhood Applebee’s ahead of time to make sure it’s participating.

3. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

BJ’s is celebrating Independence Day 2018 with a buy one, get one half off deal — buy one entree and two beverages, and receive half off the second entree. And if you can’t make it on July 4, no worries. The deal is good through July 15.

4. Boston Market

This deal is available all summer long, but if you’re in need of a bunch of food in a hurry, head over to Boston Market, where you can get a whole rotisserie chicken for $1.99 with the purchase of any family meal — yes, that’s a chicken (a whole one), for just $1.99 when you buy a family meal.

5. Hungry Howie’s

Celebrate your freedom to eat as much pizza as you want with this deal from Hungry Howie’s. Use online promo code JULY418 to purchase a regularly priced large one-topping pizza, and get a medium one-topping pizza for just 4 cents — plus free Howie Bread with online orders over $12!

6. Einstein Bros. Bagels

If you had the genius idea of celebrating July Fourth in your hometown, head over to your local Einstein’s for this BOGO deal. Purchase any one of the new Flavors Across America sandwiches and get the second one free when you show your local ID — proof that you really are “staycationing”.

And for a bonus freebie, post #StaycationPromo along with a photo of your favorite Einstein’s item on Instagram to receive another BOGO coupon for the Flavors of America sandwiches. Not on Instagram? You can still get the coupon by uploading your photo here.

7. McCormick & Schmick’s

This one is for all the serious seafood lovers out there: Head on over to McCormick & Schmick’s to enjoy “shrimp and shuck for a buck” — that is, $1 oysters and shrimp plus an extended happy hour until close.

8. Mimi’s Cafe

There’s nothing better than the sweet aroma of a funnel cake, except maybe tasting it. And the only way that gets any better is if it’s free. Well, this dream can come true if you visit your local Mimi’s Cafe on July 4.

All you have to do is purchase an adult entree, and then mention free funnel cake to your server and you shall receive… a free funnel cake, of course! Word has it that the funnel cake is topped with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream. Things just got a little sweeter with some red, white and blue.

9. Outback Steakhouse

If you’re an active or retired military service member or first responder, then head down to the Outback to enjoy 20% off your check with valid state or federal ID.

10. Sonic Drive-In

If you need a little something to cool you off before or after the fireworks show, head over to Sonic for half-price shakes, floats and ice cream slushes, available after 8 p.m.

If you’re taking your celebration of freedom one step further with some good ’ole campfire fun — or simply want to free yourself from your kitchen — check out these six cheap and delicious camping recipes all made with fire!

Happy Fourth of July 2018!

Jessica Gray is an editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder. She hopes to celebrate her day of freedom with some good burgers, good s’mores and a good fireworks show with good company, followed by her idea of an American classic: “Hey you want a s’more?”… “Some more what?”… “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!”

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