Veterans Day 2020 Parades, Events and More

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This list will be updated daily as information becomes available. 

Communities across the country pull out all the stops to honor their veterans through a variety of programs and events. With world events impacting the ability to gather in person, many parades or events have been canceled or modified to a virtual format for 2020. Check out the list below to find out how and where you can celebrate Veterans Day in 2020.

Celebrate Veterans Day by attending an event near you.

2020 Veterans Day Events:

MODIFIED/IN PERSON

Austin, TX Veterans Day Parade - In Person

The Austin Veterans Day Parade will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The event begins at 9:30 am from the Ann Richards / Congress Avenue Bridge and travels up to the Texas State Capitol Building. Viewing is available all along Congress Avenue and the reviewing stand is located at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel at Congress and 7th. Following the parade will be a ceremony at the South steps of the state Capitol at 11 am. Attendees are expected to observe safety precautions. For more information go to austinveteransparadefoundation.org.

Dallas Veterans Day Parade - In Person

The Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade will take place on Monday, November 11 at 11:00 am in downtown Dallas, TX. More information is available at http://vetsdayindallas.org/plans.htm.

Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade - Modified Event

City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County officials will host a Veterans Day salute in Downtown Fort Worth on Wednesday, November 11. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the modified event is being dubbed a “Memorial Motorcade” by its organizer – the Tarrant County Veterans Council. This year there will be a procession of wheeled vehicles only. Participants should assemble on Panther Island by 10 am. The motorcade will commence at 11 am. All motorcade participants must register online at by November 4. The website address is: https://www.fw2020vetsdayparade.org/participants. For more information, visit https://www.fw2020vetsdayparade.org/ or email Parade@tcvc.us.

Manhattan, Kansas Veterans Day Parade - In Person

The Veterans Day Parade organized by the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition will occur on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 9:30am. The public is invited to view the parade as it travels down Poyntz Avenue from Manhattan Town Center Mall to City Hall.  Per local ordinances, observe social distancing and wear masks. Participants are invited to breakfast at the American Legion Pearce-Keller Post No. 17 before the parade, veterans eat free. Following the parade there will be a ceremony honoring Korean War Veterans at City Hall. For more information visit the website.

Navy Memorial - In Person

The United States Navy Memorial will host a Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor and recognize Veterans who have selflessly served their country. This event is free and open to the public. The event will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the US Navy Memorial, located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. This event takes place outdoors.

New York Veterans Day Parade - Modified Event

The United War Veterans Council, presenter of the annual parade, has developed a series of socially distant live events and an expanded list of virtual events for the New York Veterans Day 2020 celebration on November 11th. A full list of activities that will best replicate the spirit of the Veterans Day Parade are listed here as are instructions on how to watch the celebrations.

Virginia Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony – Modified Event

The 64th annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony honoring Virginia’s men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces will be held at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, 11 a.m. EST, Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, attendance at the 2020 Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony is capped at 250 pre-registered guests. The ceremony will be broadcast live on WTVR-TV CBS6.1 and CBS6.3 in Richmond. It will also be livestreamed on the Facebook page of the Virginia War Memorial, the Facebook pages of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, WTVR CBS6, (Richmond) WTKR News Channel 3 (Norfolk) and other select social media channels.

VIRTUAL

AARP Documentary and Career Webinar – Virtual

AARP is showing a new documentary spotlighting a service member’s journey to enlist in the military for a third time and complete boot camp 43 years after his first basic training in 1978. At 59 years old, Staff Sgt. Monte Gould finished in the top 10% of his training cycle and is now the oldest individual to complete the current version of basic training. To watch the documentary, go to www.youtube.com/aarp. Also, on Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. ET, AARP will host a free webinar, “Rethinking Work for Veterans, Military and Their Families,” designed to help the community find new jobs or manage their careers through resume guidance, tips from veteran-friendly employers and resources to help start small businesses. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3mXUkWm.

Alexandria, VA Veterans Day Film Festival – Virtual

The Alexandria Film Festival is offering free access to two blocks of films for veterans and service members: Salute to Service Members Showcase I and Salute to Service Members Showcase II. The film festival usually takes place in Alexandria, VA but is virtual this year making online viewing of the films accessible and easy by anyone anywhere in the country. For more information contact the Alexandria Film Festival or follow them on social media: @AlexFilmFest, #AlexFilmFest, Facebook.com/alexandriafilmfestival.

Apple Watch Activity Challenge – Virtual

Apple has scheduled its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge for November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. To complete this challenge, you have to complete a workout that is 11 minutes or longer. You can complete the workout using the Workouts app on Apple Watch or any other app that records workouts to the Health app. Activity Challenges allow Apple Watch users to collect virtual trophies available through the Achievements tab of the Activity app on iOS. There are also special stickers that can be used with Messages and FaceTime.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Tribute to Veterans - Virtual  

John Hagstrom a Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Trumpeter and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, will host a digital program that celebrates and explores the trumpet's unique role in military and orchestral music. Premiering on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (Veterans Day), Tribute to Veterans: Trumpeting the Power of Music features live trumpet demonstrations, archival footage and interviews with representatives from “The President's Own” United States Marine Band. Attend virtually on CSO.org/tv, and on the CSO’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

DAV’s “The Battle Never Ends” Documentary - Virtual

The documentary “The Battle Never Ends” is scheduled to premiered Nov. 7 at 8 a.m. EST on HISTORY and will air throughout Veterans Day week on Military HISTORY and will be available on demand beginning Nov. 8. The documentary will air on the Military HISTORY Channel on the following dates and times: Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Nov. 10, at midnight and noon EST, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 12, at midnight and noon EST, Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 14, at midnight and noon EST.

Harley Davidson Museum Veterans Day Appreciation - Virtual

The Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI, will host a Veterans Day Appreciation day event on Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Nov. 12 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Harley-Davidson Museum will offer free Museum admission for all active Military, Veterans and their families.* ​​​Learn more about H-D's military involvement during the Military Gallery Talks on November 11th at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and November 12th at 11 a.m., 2:30 and 6 p.m. Receive free admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum by presenting valid identification of service in the US Armed Services (active duty and veterans are welcome!) for the named servicemember, one (1) additional adult and up to four (4) children (under age 18). Valid on November 11, 2020 and November 12, 2020 for in-person use at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Indianapolis Veterans Day Parade - Virtual

The Veterans Day Council will present a Veterans Day virtual service and awards ceremony to honor veterans. The virtual service will be live streamed online at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day. Join the service on Nov. 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. by visiting: VeteransDayIndy.org

Library of Congress Veterans History Project – Virtual

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project will host a series of musical performances and discussion panels from November 6 through November 14, 2020. The events will premiere on the Veterans History Project’s Facebook page: facebook.com/vetshistoryproject.

Military Exchanges, Commissary - Virtual

Military Exchanges and Commissaries are joining together to host a special Veterans Day concert series premiering live on social media on Nov. 11, 2020. The performances start at 4 p.m. EST with a new musical guest on every hour until 11 p.m. EST. Some of the confirmed artists include Andy Grammer, Ashanti, Big Boi, Hanson, K Michelle, as well as Tank And The Bangas. Visit @NavyExchange Facebook page for the full schedule of concerts. Authorized exchange and commissary shoppers can find out more by following along on social media @ShopMyExchange; @NavyExchange; @MarineCorpsExchange; @CoastGuardExchange; and @YourCommissary.

National Veterans Day Observance - Virtual

The Department of Veterans Affairs hosts the annual National Veterans Day Observance on Nov. 11 each year at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The VA and its partners, Arlington Cemetery and the Military District of Washington will live stream the event on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Ceremony – Virtual

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will host a live online ceremony at 10 a.m. Eastern via Facebook and YouTube. The program includes remarks from TV host and veteran Montel Williams; Army Veteran and President and CEO of Big Lots, Inc. Bruce Thorn; and Army Veteran and NVMM President and CEO Michael Ferriter. NVMM’s Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/NationalVeteransMemorialandMuseum/ and their YouTube page is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCixPiGqTSLPAjjY4PKRMndg.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Virtual Walk/Run, Ruck and Heroes Honor Challenge - Virtual

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum vis inviting individuals or teams to run or walk one mile, 5K, five miles or participate in the Ruck and Heroes Honor Challenge from Nov. 1st through the 22nd. Participants may take part in their activity at any time and share on social media: #NVMM, #VETERANSDAY2020. Registrants will receive a race bib, shirt and commemorative medal. 

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Ceremony - Virtual

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host a Veterans Day virtual ceremony and virtual Wreaths, Roses, and Ribbons donations. The virtual ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 11 at 11 a.m., and will be broadcasted on NJVVMF’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Speakers include New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, State Senator Vin Gopal, New Jersey Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, and Interim Adjutant General Dr. Lisa Hou, among others. The public is invited to contribute a virtual wreath, rose, or ribbon, which can be customized with a color and personal message. Each contribution will be shown during the virtual ceremony with each donor’s name and message.

NEX/MWR Navy Entertainment Virtual Veterans Day Celebration - Virtual

The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) and MWR Navy Entertainment will present a virtual concert on Wednesday, November 11. The Veterans Day concert series will be premiering live on the @NavyExchange Facebook page, as well as all other military resale social media pages. The concerts begin at 4 p.m. EST and a new artist and musical guest performance on every hour until the event ends at 11 p.m. EST. The schedule for the concert series is as follows: 4 p.m. EST: K. Michelle https://www.facebook.com/kmichellemusic/; 5 p.m. EST: Tank and the Bangas https://www.facebook.com/TankAndTheBangas/; 6 p.m.  EST: Hanson https://www.facebook.com/hansonmusic/; 7 p.m.  EST: Ashanti Official https://www.facebook.com/ashantithisisme/; 8 p.m.  EST: Craig Morgan https://www.facebook.com/craigmorganmusic/; 9 p.m.  EST: Andy Grammer https://www.facebook.com/andygrammer/; 10 p.m.  EST: Big Boi https://www.facebook.com/BigBoi/.

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade - Virtual

The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade event on November 11th, 2020 will be virtual for 2020. This year’s virtual celebration, “USA, A Beacon of Liberty” will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Be sure to check the organizer website for updated information.

PRJKT VET Veterans Bowl Esports Tournament - Virtual

PRJKT VET will host the first annual Veteran’s Bowl Esports Tournament on Veteran’s Day (November 11) live on Twitch. The nationwide Madden tournament, which will run through the Army vs. Navy game on December 12, pits various military branches against one another to bring awareness to mental health challenges affecting veterans and civilians. The tournament is run by Award Pool, an esports tournament management platform. Registration to participate is now available at https://app.awardpool.com/lg/veterans-bowl. The tournament is free to enter and opportunities to donate to PRJKT VET will be made available online. For more information go to https://prjktvet.com/veterans-bowl

Pro Football Hall of Fame – Virtual

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will host its annual Veteran’s Day event virtually in 2020 and a special admission offer (Nov. 1-15th) will be available for veterans and active military. The “Honor Our Nation’s Heroes” event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 and the Hall of Fame will host Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter. You can find more information here.

Stand Up For Heroes Event – Virtual

The annual Stand Up For Heroes celebration will be virtual this year and held on Wednesday, November 18th at 9:00 PM EST airing on ABC News Live, TikTok, Facebook, Cheddar, Twitch and Armed Forces Network. Hosted by Jon Stewart, SUFH will feature performances by comedians and musicians including Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Sheryl Crow, Mickey Guyton, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley, Patti Scialfa, Iliza Shlesinger, and Bruce Springsteen, with special guests including Jeannie Gaffigan, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Ray Romano, and more. In partnership with the New York Comedy Festival, the event will raise awareness and funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, whose mission to help veterans and military families thrive. Please visit www.BobWoodruffFoundation.org/StandUp for more information on where to stream.  

Team RWB Veterans Day 2020 WOD for Warriors - Virtual

Team Red, White & Blue! WOD for Warriors is a functional fitness workout, hosted annually on Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served our country. You may participate in-person with your local Team RWB chapter, use this link to find a WOD for Warriors event near you. Or you may complete the challenge virtually from home. Visit teamrwb.org/w4w for the workout and modifications.

TrueCar DrivenToDrive Program - Virtual

TrueCar is partnering with AutoNation and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) for its fourth annual DrivenToDrive program to help injured American veterans regain their independence and get back behind the wheel of a car. The program gifts a winner a brand-new vehicle, retrofitted to their needs and disability. The recipient nominees are provided by DAV, and the winner will be selected by TrueCar representatives and DrivenToDrive Ambassador and Army Ranger, Cory Remsburg. The virtual event awarding the 2020 winning veteran with a new vehicle will take place online on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2020. For more information see their website.

Tubi Military Movies and Documentary Showings - Virtual

Tubi will be featuring select military-themed titles in honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, 2020. Tubi offers a cost-free streaming option – as a complement to subscription services or alternative for those wanting to watch budgets. Feature films available on Wednesday include Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Enemy at the Gates (2001), The Messenger (2009), Flyboys (2006), The Great Raid (2005), To End All Wars (2004), A Midnight Clear (1992), 49th Parallel (1941), The Flowers of War (2012), In Enemy Hands (2004). Documentaries available include The Tillman Story (2010), In Their Own Words: Tuskegee Airmen (2012), Hell and Back Again (2011), No Greater Love (2017), USS Indianapolis: The Legacy (2016), Hornet's Nest (2014), Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story (2019), D-Day Veterans Return to Normandy 75 Years Later (2020), Unforgotten: A Hero's Story of War (2019), The Surge (2009), Farmer/Veteran (2016), American Veteran (2017), Navajo Code Talkers of World War II (2018), From War To Wisdom (2017). Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and soon on Hisense TVs globally. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at http://www.tubi.tv/.

U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission November Salute – Virtual

U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission November Salute invites the public to participate in the America 250 November Salute, a month-long celebration of veterans, active duty military and their families. Participants can submit a photo of themselves or their loved ones to an online photo mashup generator, with America 250 branded photo filters. The filtered image will be available for the user to download and display in an online “Gallery of Salutes” for all Americans to see and enjoy. The full Gallery of Salutes will also be available on the America 250 website, www.america250.org.

Varsity Tutors and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Class – Virtual

Varsity Tutors is partnering with Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum to deliver a free, interactive class for kids. The class, What is a Veteran?, will explore America's tradition of military service through the eyes of the veteran. Students will put themselves in the shoes of Medal of Honor recipient John J. Pinder as they are asked "What Would You Do?" while experiencing his D-Day activities. Students will learn what it means to be a veteran, why Veterans Day matters, and how military honors such as the Medal of Honor are earned and presented. The class will be held November 11, 2020 from 7:00 PM-7:45 PM EST. The free class is 45 minutes long and all ages are welcome. Enroll here.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Virtual

VVMF has announced that the 2020 Veterans Day Ceremony at The Wall will be an online ceremony only. The virtual commemoration begins online at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 11th. Visit https://www.vvmf.org/honorservice for more details.

Washington Football Team Salute to Service Month - Virtual

On November 8th at 1:00 p.m. at FedExField, prior to kickoff, the Washington Football Team will present a special military challenge coin, designed and created by USAA, for use in the official coin toss. The franchise will also host a gameday viewing party for the Salute to Service game with the D.C. National Guard at the D.C. Armory with Operation Homefront. On Tuesday, November 10th, Washington Salute will host a virtual tour of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with Head Coach Ron Rivera and three current Washington Football Team players. The Women of Washington (WoW) and Salute will host a virtual chair yoga session with SweatNGlow and Blue Star Families on November 17th. Washington Salute will team up with the Howard University Reserve Officer Training Corps (representing the U.S. Army & U.S. Air Force) to surprise 5-10 cadets with scholarships on November 30th. And, on December 1st, the team will hold Pass for Peace with the HEADStrong Project. Fans can learn more about Washington Salute activities by visiting www.washingtonfootball.com/salute and by following the team on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Day Event – Virtual

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) will host “Honoring Our Warriors,” a virtual Veterans Day event taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m. EST / 10:30 CST / 8:30 PST on WWP’s Facebook Page and YouTube channel. Former NFL quarterback, ESPN commentator, and ‘Bachelor’ Jesse Palmer will host the event and musician Sara Evans is also joining the program with a special musical performance.

CANCELED

Houston Veterans Day Parade - Canceled

Check back for updates or go to their website for updated information: https://www.houstontx.gov/nov11/.

Knoxville, TN Veterans Day Parade - Canceled

The 2020 Veterans Day parade in Knoxville has been canceled but officials may replace the event with a virtual celebration. Check the American Legion Post 2 website for more information.

North Carolina Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony - Canceled

The Veterans Council has voted to cancel this year’s parade. Look for information on next year’s activities at www.ncveteransparade.com.

Northern Virginia Veterans Day Parade - Canceled

The Northern Virginia Veterans Day Parade for 2020 has been canceled. The next Veterans Day parade is planned for November 2021.

Orlando Veterans Day Parade - Canceled

The 21st annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade has been canceled. The city will lay out an alternative plan to honor the community’s veterans, and more information can be found on the city’s website.

Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade - Canceled

The 2020 Veterans Day Parade has been canceled, please check the city’s website for information about next year’s parade.

Portland Veterans Day Parade - Canceled

The Portland, OR annual Veterans Day Parade has been canceled. Look for more details about next year’s event at www.veteransdaypdx.org.

San Antonio, TX Veterans Day Parade - Canceled

The Unites States Military Veterans Parade Association has decided to cancel the San Antonio 2020 Veterans Day Parade. Look for more information about next year’s parade at https://www.usmvpa.com/.

Winston-Salem Veterans Day Parade - Canceled

City officials have canceled the annual parade for 2020, but encourage residents to celebrate veterans by posting a photo on their social media accounts with the hashtag #WSLovesVets. Please include the veteran’s name, rank, military branch and years of service.

Since you are out and about, make sure to check out all of the Veterans Day discounts available to veterans and their families.

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