Veterans Day events happening across Tampa Bay

Here are some Veterans Day events going on around the Tampa Bay area.

Veterans Day is more than a celebration, and great deals at local shops.

The day set aside to honor serviceman and woman began as Armistice Day in 1919

President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill setting aside Nov. 11, 1919 as a day to commemorate Armistice Day saying, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”

In 1954, Congress amended the bill, changing holiday's name to Veterans Day.

Today, Veterans Day is celebrated with a day off, parades, ceremonies, and retail discounts.

Here are some of the events going throughout the Tampa Bay area:

PARADES:

Apollo Beach 39th Annual Parade

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Where: 5120 N. US HWY 41, Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Information: Facebook Event

 

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics Parade

When: Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

Where: Along Richard A. Silver Way on the hospital campus, Tampa, FL 33612

Information: James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital

 

Lakeland Veterans Day Parade

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.

Where: Downtown, Lakeland, FL 33815

Information: Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

 

New Port Richey Veterans Day Parade

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.

Where: Downtown New Port Richey, FL 34652

Information: Facebook Event

 

Sarasota Veterans Day Parade

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.

Where: Main Street at Osprey Avenue to Gulfstream Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34229

Information: Herald-Tribune

 

Zephyrhills Veterans Day Parade

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Main Street, Downtown Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Information: Main Street Zephyrhills Home Page

 

EVENTS:

Veterans Day Freedom Fest 2017

When: Friday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov.11 at 8 p.m.

Where: Sims Park, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Information: Facebook Event

 

Final Leg of the Old Glory Relay

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Begins in Citrus Park and ends in Brandon’s Westfield Mall

Information: Old Glory Relay

 

Concert for Veterans

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.

Where: Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, FL 33618

Information: Carrollwood Cultural Center

 

St. Petersburg’s Fourth Annual Veterans Day Celebration

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 a.m.

Where: Williams Park, corner of 4th Street and 1st Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Information: St. Petersburg Calendar of Events

 

Temple Terrace Honors Veterans

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Where: Woodmont Park, Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Information: Temple Terrace Home Page

 

Safety Harbor Veterans Day Celebration

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Where: Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Information: City of Safety Harbor

 

Tampa’s 53rd Annual Veterans Day Tribute

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Park and Museum, 3602 HWY 301 N, Tampa, FL 33619

Information: Hillsborough County website

 

NATIONAL CEMETERIES:

Bay Pines National Cemetery, St. Petersburg, FL 33708

  • Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Bay Pines Medical Center Hosting

Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL 33513

  • Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Assembly Area

Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL 34241

  • Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. at Patriot Plaza

 

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