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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.

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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."
-George Washington

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Veterans Day Parade
Downtown Jacksonville
Join the City of Jacksonville as we honor true American heroes - our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features more than 4,00 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military units, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, military organizations, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more!

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Tuesday, November 11
11:01 a.m.
Downtown Jacksonville 

2014 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 2013 Veterans Day Parade route. 

Viewing Areas

Bleacher seating locations for the 2014 parade will be announced soon.

2014 Grand Marshals

2014 Grand Marshals to be annouced soon!

2014 Senior Military Leadership

  • Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet
  • Rear Admiral Rick L. Williamson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast
  • Captain Tom Allan, US Coast Guard; Sector Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Captain Wesley McCall, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Mayport
  • Captain Roy Undersander, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Jacksonville
  • Colonel Matt Crabill, Commanding Officer, Blount Island Comand & Marine Corp Support Facility
  • Colonel Brian Simpler, Florida Air National Guard
  • Colonel Alan Dodd, US Army Corp of Engineers

2014 Participating Groups and Organizations

If you are a group/organization and are interested in participating in the 2014 Veterans Day Parade, please download and complete the application and return it to Cathy Butler with the Office of Special Events. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, October 3, 2014.

2014 - Requirements
2014 - Application

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! 


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