San Diego County Chick-fil-A restaurants honoring military families with free food at Military Appreciation Night, Wednesday, May 22nd

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.

The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County will honor the community’s military personnel and their families with a Military Appreciation Night from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County are located at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, and 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee.

All active duty member of the military or retired veterans who have honorably served, along with their immediate family members, are invited to enjoy their choice of a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Sandwich, Chick-fil-A Nuggets (8-count) or Chick-n-Strips (3-count). The free entrée offer is valid with a military ID or proof of service and is only available in-restaurant. The offer is limited to one entrée per military personnel or family member, and not valid with any other offer.

“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to those who have honorably served our nation,” said Kyle Steck, franchise operator of the Chick-fil-A in Santee. “We hope that they, along with their families, will join us as we show our appreciation for all they do.”

Military personnel not able to attend the Military Appreciation Night on May 22 can still receive a free reward in appreciation for their service. Military personnel who log in or download the Chick-fil-A App on May 22 will receive a free entrée that can be redeemed at any San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurant during regular business hours from May 23 through May 31.

This will be Chick-fil-A’s 12th annual Military Appreciation Night locally. Chick-fil-A’s Military Appreciation Night is held annually in celebration of Military Appreciation Month. The event began in 2008, when there were only four Chick-fil-A restaurants operating in San Diego.

Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, La Mesa, Escondido, National City and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Camino del Sur in 4S Ranch, Scranton Road in Sorrento Valley and Balboa Avenue in Clairemont. For addresses and directions to locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant, please visit