Although we should honor our vets every single day, we set aside one day out of the year to pay special homage to our armed servicemen and women during Veterans Day. 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 (NYC’s 2017 procession will be spectacular!), 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 Saturday, November 11, 2017.
When is the Veterans Day Parade in NYC?
The Veterans Day Parade takes place on November 11, 2017. The procession starts at 11:15am and the parade is preceded by a traditional opening ceremony at the Eternal Light monument at Madison Square Park (Fifth Avenue and 24th Street) at 10am. The ceremony ends with a wreath laying at 11am, which is also the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Where is the Veterans Day Parade in NYC?
The parade takes place along Fifth Avenue, starting at 26th Street. Marchers will walk all the way up to 52nd Street to complete the 1.3-mile procession.
See a map of the Veterans Day Parade route
Things to do for Veterans Day
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.
The 50 best war movies of all time
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
The 10 best patriotic songs
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.)