What could be better than celebrating the promise of America with free (or almost free) food?
We found a number of restaurants offering special giveaways on the Fourth of July, similar to what many did on Tax Day in April. Deals include half-priced meals, free kids combos, an extra appetizer or free coffee.
To cash in on most of these, you'll have to bring in relevant coupons. Check out the details on these cheap eats below:
As part of an effort to get Americans to start talking about the upcoming elections, Starbucks is <a href="http://www.starbucks.com/indivisible" target="_hplink">giving away free tall </a>brewed coffees on July 4th.
Buy a large pizza from Pizza Hut on July 4th and get a free order of pizza rolls after<a href="http://camphutlovers.pizzahutsocial.com/" target="_hplink"> signing up for their email program.</a>
Buy any drink and get another one free with <a href="http://www.jambajuice.com/summerbogo" target="_hplink">this coupon</a> at Jamba Juice, now through July 4th at participating stores in New York, New Jersey or California.
Hardee's and Carl's Jr.
Starting 11 a.m. on July 4, the first 50 people dressed up as Spiderman will receive a <a href="http://www.hardees.com/spidermaneatsfree" target="_hplink">a free cheese bacon thickburger</a> at Hardee's and Carl's Jr. locations.
Children under age 12 can eat for free at participating IKEA restaurants. Check <a href="http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/IKEA_Food/index.html?icid=us%3Eic%3Eespot%3Ekids_eat_free%3Emga%3Eclick_here_for_details" target="_hplink">here</a> for details.
BJ's will have <a href="http://www.bjs.com/about/news/content/item1,324.shtml?sc_cid=EE20120625" target="_hplink">free food samplings</a> at their Open House event, which lasts though Sunday, July 8th.
Order an entree at Chilli's and receive a free appetizer of queso and chips through July 4th when you bring in their coupon. To have the printable offer sent to your email, click "get offer" on the promotion <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Chilis" target="_hplink">posted on their Facebook page. </a>
Get two medium drinks for $4 on July 4th at Caribou Coffee locations <a href="http://view.cariboucoffee-email.com/?j=fe6215747d6506787d14&m=fef010797c640d&ls=fdf51276756c007a75127377&l=fe8c1570726c007a7d&s=fe20137073630c7b701074&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe1f15747c6d067a7c1675" target="_hplink">with this coupon</a>. Save your receipt from that day and receive half off on a food purchase later in the week.
Boston Market Meal
On July 4th, Boston Market is offering 50 percent off a family meal with <a href="http://bostonmarket.com/home?page=specialCoupons&promoCode=33488" target="_hplink">this printable coupon. </a>
You can bring your kids to Applebee's to get up to two free kids meals with an adult order on July 4th,<a href="http://www.mamacheaps.com/2012/07/applebees-kids-eat-free-on-4th-of-july.html" target="_hplink"> according to Mamacheaps.com.</a> But make sure to call your local Applebee's to see if it's participating in this deal before dropping in.