How to Honor National First Responders Day

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Take time to celebrate and honor the brave men and women who serve in your local area on National First Responders Day.

What Is National First Responders Day?

When disaster strikes, we can always depend on our local first responders to step in and take action. National First Responders Day, celebrated annually on October 28, strives to draw attention to the bravery and daily sacrifice of those men and women in our communities including firefighters, police officers, emergency paramedics and other emergency personnel.

Special Deals for National First Responders Day

Locally and nationally, you may be able to find unique savings opportunities on National First Responders Day. These deals are often specifically for first responders only, but many businesses extend those sale privileges to family members of first responders as well. Be aware that valid service IDs or uniforms are often required to get these deals. Here are a few places you may be able to snag a special first responder deal on this commemorative day.


In years past, Hooters has honored EMTs, firefighters and police officers in uniform with a special "Buy 10, Get 10" deal on chicken wings. Keep an eye on this restaurant for the latest details on this year’s specials for National First Responders Day.

Dave & Buster’s

Dave & Buster’s has been known for giving out perks to first responders. In the past, verified first responders could get a free $10 gameplay card when they come in for a meal at the restaurant.


Grab some deals on adidas footwear when you verify your first responder status. In the past, the store has been known to give a 30% discount in-store and online for police, fire and paramedic personnel, so check the company's website to find out what specials are waiting for this year’s National First Responders Day.


First responders may also be able to save big with Reebok. The brand has been known to give big discounts of up to 50% off retail prices as special savings for first responders.


Lululemon has also been known for special first responder discounts such as saving 25% off in-store purchases. Check the Lululemon site to see what specials it may be rolling out for this year’s National First Responders Day.


In years past, Dodge and Chrysler have offered police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders a special $500 credit on the purchase of a vehicle. Look for extra specials on National First Responders Day from these auto companies.


Costco has often given first responders signing up for a new store membership an additional $30 gift card to use in the store. Watch the Costco site for details on additional National First Responders Day deals from the superstore.

Local Stores and Restaurants

On National First Responders Day, be sure to check local media and social media pages to find out which local businesses and restaurants may be offering unique deals to celebrate this special day. If you're a first responder, be sure to have your official ID with you when you hit the stores so you can grab these special deals.

What Are Some Budget-Friendly Ways to Celebrate National First Responders Day?

There’s no reason to break the bank as you honor your local first responders. Try some of these budget-friendly ideas for National First Responders Day.

Visit a Local Fire Station

Check with your local fire station to see if it might be open to a visit on this special day. Oftentimes, families and school groups are allowed to tour the fire station, meet some real-life firefighters and learn a little bit more about what they do to help protect and serve the community.

Local Celebrations

Check your local newspaper and online news outlets to find out if there are any organized events honoring National First Responders Day. Some cities host memorial gatherings to remember fallen colleagues on this day. There may even be a parade in your town featuring the various teams of first responders in your area.

DIY Ideas to Celebrate National First Responders Day

Get your kids and neighbors involved in honoring your local first responders by organizing some do-it-yourself celebrations. You might consider baking up some yummy treats to take to the local hospital, fire department or police department on that day. Make hand-drawn cards with notes of appreciation to mail or drop off at the local stations. Or maybe organize a drive for bottled water or other necessities and then deliver them to your local fire or police station on National First Responders Day along with a word of gratitude for all they do.

What Is the History of National First Responders Day?

National First Responders Day was first celebrated in the United States in 2017 when Congress declared October 28 as the special day to honor our local heroes. The day is designed to shine a spotlight on the tireless work of firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel and other workers who are always the first on the scene in the event of a disaster.

Organizations to Support on National First Responders Day

Another way to celebrate local heroes is to donate to or volunteer with organizations that serve those who serve the community. Here are just a few of the organizations that help first responders and their families:

Frequently Asked Questions About National First Responders Day

Is there a National First Responders Day?

Yes! National First Responders Day is celebrated each year in the United States.

Why is National First Responders Day celebrated?

National First Responders Day is celebrated to honor the bravery of local heroes such as firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other emergency personnel.

Which day is National First Responders Day celebrated on?

National First Responders Day is observed on October 28.

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Tiara Rea-Palmer
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