Chick-fil-A offers free food on Tuesday, July 14, `Cow Appreciation Day’

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

Cow Appreciation Day: Pavilions North FSU — Operator Dan Akin

Cow Appreciation Day: Pavilions North FSU — Operator Dan Akin

It’s time to break out the cowbells and get your spots on because Chick-fil-A is issuing a cattle call.

The nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Santee, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, are preparing to give away as many as 10,000 free meals on Tuesday, July 14, as part of the chain’s nationwide promotion called “Cow Appreciation Day.”

On Tuesday, July 14, any customer who enters a Chick-fil-A restaurant dressed “head to hoof” in cow attire will receive a free Chick-fil-A meal, including an entrée, side item and beverage. Customers who are too “chicken” to go all-out in cow attire will receive a free entrée of choice for wearing partial cow attire, including any cow-spotted accessory, such as a cow-pattern hat, scarf, tie or purse.

The free food is available during breakfast, lunch or dinner. No purchase is required. Limit of one free meal per customer per day.

A special website,, features costume ideas and additional FAQ details on the customer appreciation day promotion, as well as downloadable cow spots, masks and other bovine-themed items customers can use to create their own costumes.

Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, Escondido and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch. For addresses and directions, visit

Restaurant officials expect more than one million cow-dressed customers will stampede into Chick-fil-A’s 1,900 restaurants nationwide on July 14.