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Joint Base Airmen March in NYC Veterans Day Parade
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Veterans Day in NYC guide

Honor soldiers young and old during Veterans Day—NYC has one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the country.

Shaye Weaver
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Evelyn Derico
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Shaye Weaver

Veterans Day is back in full swing this year with the return of the New York City Veterans Day Parade! After a trying year, it's time to set aside some time to pay special homage to our armed servicemen and women.

NYC allows us to celebrate in a magnitude of ways, which is why we’ve rounded up the top New York attractions and memorials to visit during the holiday. We’ve also included events taking place, such as the Veterans Day Parade, which happens to be one of the best NYC events in November. But if you don’t feel like venturing out to the best NYC parks and landmarks, commemorate our veterans by watching one of the best war movies of all time.

When is Veterans Day?

This year, Veterans Day will fall on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

When is the Veterans Day Parade in NYC?

The Veterans Day Parade takes place on Thursday, November 11, 2019. The procession starts between noon and 12:30pm and finishes around 3 or 3:30pm.

The parade will be preceded by a smaller traditional opening ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument at Madison Square Park (Fifth Avenue and 24th Street) at 11am. You can see it at the beginning of the live TV broadcast on WABC.

Where is the Veterans Day Parade in NYC?

The parade will happen on its traditional route, stepping off at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue and going north on Fifth Avenue. The endpoint is yet to be determined on final participation/COVID-19 adjustments but will be at least at 40th Street.

Where can I watch the Veterans Day Parade in NYC?

Go to fifth Avenue, from 27th Street to about 40th street, or watch it live on TV or online via WABC.

Who marches in the Veterans Day Parade in NYC?

More than 300 groups and 20,000 participants join the parade. Veterans of all eras, military units, civic and youth groups, local businesses, and top high school marching bands across America walk during the event.

This year, the Grand Marshal is U.S. Air Force veteran and local hero Kevin Carrick. A retired Senior Master Sergeant, Carrick served over two decades as an elite pararescueman with the 106th Rescue Wing based in nearby Westhampton, NY. He's had numerous deployments to combat zones overseas and disaster areas at home and abroad (including to Ground Zero on 9/11).

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