The purpose of the NYC Veterans Day Parade is to honor our veterans, raise awareness of those who serve them, and to salute members of our currently serving military. It is a non-partisan, non-political event, and may not be used as a platform for any other purpose or political agenda.
This year’s Parade commemorates the centennial of the Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day; 1919-2019). At 11:00 AM on November 11, 1918, the guns of World War I fell silent as the Armistice ending the fighting took hold. One year later, in 1919, communities around the world marked the first anniversary of the Armistice with reflective and commemorative events. New York City’s observations included a parade on Fifth Avenue. After World War II, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, honoring those of all eras. This year marks the 100th observation of this day.
The United States Marine Corps is this year’s featured military branch. As always, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard will also be represented!
Grand Marshal & Honorary Marshals
We will announcing our Grand Marshal and honorary leadership this spring; stay tuned for more updates!
The parade features over 300 marching elements and an estimated 20-30,000 participants, including veterans of all eras, military units, civic and youth groups (including Junior ROTC), businesses, and top high school marching bands from across America.
Floats, military and vintage vehicles and other special elements add to the excitement, which is viewed by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
The parade will occur on Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day), rain or shine. This year, the Parade will start at 12:00 Noon (at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony, see below) and concludes around 3:30pm. It will be immediately preceded by a youth tribute march that will start at 11:05 AM.
The parade goes north on Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 46th Street. The route is 1.2 miles, and takes approximately 30 ~ 35 minutes.
The parade is preceded by our traditional Opening Ceremony inside Madison Square Park (24th Street & Fifth Avenue). The ceremony begins at 11:00 am and begins with a moment of silence to commemorate the precise moment of the Armistice that ended World War I (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The ceremony ends just before 12:00 noon with the laying of wreaths at the Eternal Light monument. Limited seating is available at the opening ceremony, with preference given to our disabled and elderly veterans.
Viewing the Parade
Spectators (especially family & friends of participants) are encouraged to gather to show their support along the parade route. View map
The Parade can also be viewed on WABC in the NYC area, as well as via online streaming at uwvc.org/vetsday.
Our VIP’s and military Reviewing Officers will review the parade from our stage near the beginning of the Parade route (near 26th Street & 5th Ave).