Overview and Schedule

The following is an overview of the key components and schedule for the 2019 New York City Veterans Day Parade and related activities. We also invite you to apply, contribute or volunteer.

Purpose

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.

Theme

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!

Participating Groups

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.

Date/Time

The parade will occur on Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day), rain or shine. It starts at approximately 11:15 AM (at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony, see below) and concludes around 3:30pm.

Route

The parade goes north on Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 46th Street. The route is 1.2 miles, and takes approximately 30 ~ 35 minutes.

Opening Ceremony

The parade is preceded by our traditional Opening Ceremony next to Madison Square Park (24th Street & Fifth Avenue). A ceremony begins at 10:00 am and concludes with a wreath laying at the Eternal Light Monument at 11:00 AM (The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). 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.

Review Stand

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).