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.

Joint Base Airmen March in NYC Veterans Day Parade
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Carl Clegg

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).

Things to do for Veterans Day

Guide to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC
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Guide to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC

On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of September 11, visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum, commemorate the date with 9/11 memorial events around NYC or take guided walking tours exploring the history of the area. You can also find free things to do near the museum and great New York attractions nearby. Where is the 9/11 Memorial & Museum? The 9/11 Memorial & Museum are located on 180 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, New York. How do I get to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum? Take the 1 train or the N/R to Cortlandt St. You can also take the E train to World Trade Center. How much are tickets to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum? Museum admission price is $24 for adults, $18 for seniors, U.S. veterans and college students; $15 for children (7 to 17). Members go for free. Admission, plus a 60-minute guided tour is $44 for adults, $38 for seniors, college students and U.S. veterans, $35 for children (7 to 17) and $20 for members. 9/11 Family Members go for free. FDNY/NYPD/PAPD pay $12 with valid ID. 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers go for free with registration. Active/Retired U.S. Military members go for free with valid ID. There is free admission to the museum of Tuesdays from 5pm to close.

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We slogged through our own basic training to arrive at the 50 best war movies—and not merely the best action movies with the wildest explosions and movie stunts (though expect plenty of ammo). Rather, here are the most profound statements, pointed and patriotic alike, on the distinctly human condition of fighting. We offer the list to you, our readers, along with our sharpest salute. Why not put on your war face and sound off, in the comments section below? RECOMMENDED: Our list of the 100 best movies of all time

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You know the situation: 4th of July or Memorial Day rolls around and you’re scrambling for the best patriotic songs to soundtrack your family cookout. Don’t drop the ball—you and the fam deserve to be living your best BBQ. While some of these songs might work (looking at you, James Brown), others offer a more reflective take on the ol’ U-S-of-A. There’s room for both. Just don’t forget to watch the grill. (And if you’re looking for more tunes, check out our best new songs each month.)

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