The highlight of the day is the 51st annual mile-long parade with 200 units including military vehicles, veterans and 26 high-school marching bands in downtown Auburn.
Join in honoring America’s veterans at Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade and Observance, one of the largest events in the U.S. paying tribute to veterans and active military. The highlight of the day is the 51st annual mile-long parade with 200 units including military vehicles, veterans, community groups, Navy Band Northwest, Washington Army National Guard Band and 26 high-school marching bands in downtown Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 5.
The day starts with the inaugural Veterans Day 5K Fun Run/Walk through Game Farm Park and along the White River Trail. Registration is free, and everyone gets a mini American flag, perfect for waving at the parade.
Other events before the parade include a Remembrance Ceremony with wreath placing, rifle salute, prayers and taps at Veterans Memorial Park. The Static Display and Exhibit Showcase of military equipment and vehicles, information from veterans and military organizations and related commercial exhibits opens at 9 a.m. near the parade route. After the parade, high-school bands compete in the Veterans Day Marching Band Competition at Auburn Memorial Stadium.
Auburn Veterans Day Parade and Observance
Veterans Day 5K Fun Run/Walk: 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. N.E., Auburn; free
Static Display and Showcase: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, South Division Street and First Street Southwest, Auburn
Remembrance and Lighting of the Flame: 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. N.E., Auburn
Parade: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Main Street from E Street to A Street, Auburn
High School Marching Bands Competition: 1 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St. N.E., Auburn; $15/adults; $12/ages 6-18, ages 62+, military with ID; military in uniform and ages 5 and younger free
More info: 253-931-3043 or auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/special_events.htm
Enthusiastic parade spectators get into the spirit by decorating viewing areas along the route, displaying their patriotism and appreciation for veterans. The viewing stand near City Hall Plaza with parade emcee and performances is a popular spot for spectators. Plan for extra time to stake out your spot before the 11 a.m. parade start time since some downtown streets are closed, and the annual event draws big crowds. Military plane flyovers are scheduled to kick off the parade, weather permitting. Parking options include the Auburn Transit Station Parking Garage at 110 Second St. S.W., open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. KOMO News will be live streaming the parade online, komonews.com/news/local/51st-veterans-day-parade-to-honor-military-members-in-auburn.
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Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, is always on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I in 1918. In 1954, it was officially renamed Veterans Day to honor all American military veterans and their service, and Auburn has hosted the official regional celebration and Veterans Day Parade on a Saturday near the holiday since 1965.