Saturday, November 11
Days to fly the American Flag
January 1: New Year's Day
January 20: Inauguration Day (every 4th year)
3rd Monday in January: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
February 12: Lincoln's Birthday
February 22: Washington's Birthday
3rd Monday in February: Presidents Day
(Variable): Easter Sunday
1st Thursday in May: National Day of Prayer
3rd Saturday in May: Armed Forces Day
Last Monday in May: Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
June 14: Flag Day
July 4: Independence Day
1st Monday in September: Labor Day
2nd Monday in October: Columbus Day
November 11: Veterans Day
4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day
December 25: Christmas Day
(Variable): Election Days
History of Veterans Day
Did you know Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day? On November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m., World War I officially ended. On the one year anniversary, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th "Armistice Day" in honor of the end of the war and to honor World War I veterans.
This day was marked with public celebrations and a two minute halt to business at 11 a.m. In 1938, an act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday. In 1954, the U.S. Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor veterans who have protected our freedoms in all wars.
For more information about the history of Veterans Day, visit Military.com and History.com.
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The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by the nation."
Veterans Day Parade
Join the City of Jacksonville as we honor true American heroes - our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features more than 4,000 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more!
"It is truly an honor to celebrate the service of our veterans, reserve and active duty military. One of the things that make Jacksonville a great city is its strong ties to the military and its families. It is important for us to recognize and appreciate the tremendous value of service and dedication they bring to our community.”
- Mayor Lenny Curry
2017 Parade Route
The parade route will begin at EverBank Field. The route will continue down Bay Street to Newnan Street, follow to Independent Street (which turns in to Water Street) and will end at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
Click here to view a map of the parade route.
Parade watchers are encouraged to show their support by wearing red, white and blue, as well as by waving flags, banners and signs. The parade can be viewed from multiple places along Bay Street, from A. Philip Randolph to Newnan Street, near the Jacksonville Landing, and along Water Street.
Show your patriotic pride!
Those watching the parade are encouraged to show their support by wearing red, white and blue as well as waving flags, banners and signs as the parade participants go by. Don your favorite RED, WHITE and BLUE attire and show your American pride! Wear your favorite patriotic colors, raise your American Flag high and show the nation how Jacksonville honors and celebrates our military community!
Street closures for the parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and include the following streets.
• Gator Bowl Boulevard/Bay Street from Talleyrand Avenue to Newnan Street
• Newnan Street from Forsyth Street to Independent Drive
• Independent Drive/ Water Street from Newnan Street to Lee Street
• Main Street northbound ramp to Independent Drive
• Lee Street from Water Street to Adam Street
Liberty and Market streets will remain open to access and exit the Berkman Plaza and the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel.
If you are a parade participant, click here for more information and necessary waivers.