Central New York restaurants, shops, and businesses are honoring veterans this weekend with special deals, discounts and giveaways. Here's a partial list that applies to Utica, Rome, Oneida, Herkimer, Syracuse, and the surrounding region:

Denny’sFrom 5 a.m. to noon Friday, active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations.

IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, get a free stack of Red, White and Blue pancakes or a patriotic pancake combo at participating locations. The deal varies by location.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Free meal from a special menu Saturday at any of the nearly 1,800 locations.

Bonefish GrillFree Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.

Buffalo Wild WingsFree small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.

Chili’sFree meal from a special menu.

Chuck E. CheeseFree personal one-topping pizza to veterans, active duty personnel and eligible dependents with military ID, proof of service and promo code 5500. The chain also has daily military discounts.

Cracker BarrelFree slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

Dunkin’ DonutsFree doughnut of choice, while supplies last.

Friendly’s: Free meal from a special menu at participating locations.

Little CaesarsFree Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage.

Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven meal.

Panera Bread: Free breakfast sandwiches until 10 a.m. Saturday at participating locations. After 10 a.m., military members get a coupon for a free pastry to use on a future visit.

Red LobsterFree appetizer or dessert.

Red RobinFree Red’s Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.

Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.

Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse Saturday. Unrelated to the Veterans Day deal, Starbucks has a buy one holiday drink, get one free deal Thursday through November 13th from 2 to 5 p.m.

TGI Friday’s: Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Plus get a coupon for $5 off next meal.

Sports ClipsThrough its Help A Hero campaignparticipating stores offer free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification. Stores also are collecting money for scholarships.

Bed Bath & Beyond: 25% off entire purchase Nov. 9-12 in-store only.

Dollar General11% discount in-store and online with promo code VET17 Saturday.

Home Depot: 10% discount.

Jo-Ann Fabric: 10% discount for military service members and their families year round.

Lowe’s10% discount.

Michaels15% discount for military families every day.

TargetThrough Saturday, 10% discount on in-store and online purchases for veterans, active military, spouses and dependent children. To get this discount, register at www.target.com.

Toys R Us: 15% off in-store purchases through Saturday.

Walgreens20% off eligible regular-price items Saturday for all veterans, military and their families with Balance Rewards card and proof of military service.

As we observe Veterans Day 2017, thanks to all veterans for helping secure and guarantee our freedoms. We salute you.