Indonesian Independence Day, a celebration of the country’s declaration of independence on August 17, 1945, is one of the most anticipated public holidays in the archipelago. The day is synonymous with flag-raising ceremonies and various festive outdoor activities, but many have also come to look forward to the generous discounts and promos offered by F&B establishments and retailers during the Independence Day period.
Check out our selection of the best Independence Day promotions below so you can patriotically shop and eat more while paying less.
You can enjoy a buy 1 get 1 promo at Anomali Coffee until August 18 with any purchase of their newest summer drinks, Sparking Raspberricano and Candy Lime. This promo is not applicable at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport outlet.
Popular Indonesian chicken noodle restaurant chain Bakmi GM is offering two special dishes for only IDR17,845 (before tax) — the price, of course, representing the date of the Independence Day. The promo currently runs until August 17 and is available in all Bakmi GM chains in The Greater Jakarta Area and Bandung except Pondok Indah Mall 2, Senayan City, Lotte Shopping Avenue, Grand Indonesia, Summarecon Mall Serpong, as well as train stations and airports.
Fans of Japanese bakery chain BreadLife can enjoy 17% discount on all products at all BreadLife outlets, only on August 17, without any minimum purchase requirements.
If your name contains any variation of the Indonesian names Ayu, Bud, Dew, Eko, Gus, Her, Ika, and Lia, congratulations, because you can enjoy the One-Handed Carl burger and small free refill drink for only IDR17,845 (before tax). The promo applies for dine-in as well as takeaway at all Carl’s Jr stores with a maximum one package per transaction — just don’t forget to show your ID to the cashier.
Being part of the same F&B group, chicken wings specialist Wingstop is offering a similar promo to Carl’s Jr. You’ll get to enjoy three crunchy wings and a medium free refill drink for IDR17,845 (before tax) if your name contain variations of the following: Ayu, Bud, Dew, Eko, Gus, Her, Ika, and Lia. The promo applies for dine-in and takeaway at all Carl’s Jr stores with a maximum one package per transaction, and, of course, don’t forget to show your ID to the cashier.
Celebrate the Independence Day by watching Indonesian films at CGV cinemas, which is offering 17% off for every purchase of tickets to any local film on their website, as well as an extra 25% cashback for payment using Go-Pay. For the rest of August, there cinema chain will screen adaptations of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s novels, Bumi Manusia and Perburuan; the highly-anticipated superhero flick Gundala; horror film Makmum; chick-lit adaptation Twivortiare; and teen pregnancy drama Dua Garis Biru.
Until August 31, moviegoers can enjoy two large popcorns and two medium drinks along with a free Coca Cola pouch at only IDR74,000 for the cinema chain’s Merdeka Combo.
Popular ayam geprek chain Geprek Bensu, owned by Indonesian celebrity Ruben Onsu, is joining the Independence Day festivities in a pretty unique way. Come to any Geprek Bensu restaurant in pairs — one wearing a red shirt and the other a white shirt — and the latter can get a free Paket Geprek Bensu with a purchase of a Paket Geprek Bensu Leleh by the former. This promo applies at all Geprek Bensu outlets in Indonesia and Hong Kong.
Go-Jek’s food delivery service, Go-Food, is offering special dishes priced at IDR8,000 and IDR17,000 exclusively from restaurants that are currently participating at a Go-Food Festival near you. From August 16-18, Go-Food Festival visitors can enjoy up to 74% cashback for payment using Go-Pay.
Swedish clothing retail company H&M is also offering special prices for selected items, starting from IDR74,000. Click here to find H&M stores near you.
On August 19-21, you can get four dozen J.Pops donuts and one medium drink or one couple-sized J.Cool froyo for IDR100,000, or two medium-sized drinks for IDR50,000. Keep in mind that there’s a maximum one purchase per customer and stores have limited stocks of J.Pops. Prices may differ outside Java and at airports.
The American doughnut and coffee chain Krispy Kreme is offering a special promo of one dozen donuts for only IDR74,000 on August 17.
Fast food chain McDonald’s will have several Independence Day promos. From August 15-17 at 2pm-5pm, you can get a free Burger Sambal Ijo with Teh Botol Sosro package for every large package of your choice (excluding PaNas 1) via drive thru. For every purchase exceeding IDR90,000 including tax, you’ll get to choose gifts such as a McD pillow or a free voucher for a Double Choco Pie. On August 17, there will be a special price of IDR17,727 (before tax) for Nasi Uduk and tea from 5am-11am.
The American pizza chain is offering a buy 1 get 1 promo from August 14-16. For every purchase of a Stuffed Crust Meat Lovers/Chicken Lovers regular pan pizza, you’ll get a free Tuna Melt/Deluxe Cheese regular pan. This promo applies for dine-in, takeaway, as well as Go-Food and Grab-Food orders in all Pizza Hut restaurants in Indonesia, except for Ngurah Rai Airport Bali, The Kitchen by Pizza Hut, and Pizza Hut Express.
Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
Pay as much or as little as you want for a Shihlin XXL Crispy Chicken from 5.08pm to 7.45pm on August 17. This promo applies at Shihlin outlets at Mall of Indonesia, FX Sudirman, Lippo Kramat Jati, Blok M Plaza, Mall Alam Sutera, Lippo Kramat Jati, and Trans Studio Mall Cibubur.
In need of sports apparel? Athletic and casual wear brand Under Armour is offering 17% discount off your purchase until August 18.