Exploring Boston’s Many Veteran’s Day Events and Celebrations

shutterstock_125204504Whether you are a Veteran or you wish to pay your respects to a Veteran, there are many events taking place throughout the city of Boston. Here is a look at just a few of the ways you can spend Veterans Day in Boston in 2014.

Veterans Day Parades

Technically speaking, Boston hosts two parades each year. One of these parades consists solely of Veterans for Peace, while the other is considered to be the official Boston Veterans Day Parade. The two parades are separate because some of the marching groups did not want to march with Veterans for Peace after it was founded in 1985 with the purpose of increasing awareness about the price that is paid when participating in war efforts. The two parades are separated by 3 minutes and 300 yards.

Boston will host two Veterans Day Parades in 2014. The parades, which will take place on Monday, November 11th, will start at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets. The parades will wind their way along Boston Commons before going to City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. The parades will feature a variety of military units, honorary militias, high school ROTC groups, marching bands and veteran’s organizations. A variety of speeches and music will take place after the parades.

Fort Warren Cruise

The Fort Warren cruise takes place on Saturday, November 15th in 2014. The cruise stops at Georges Island, where Park Rangers provide tours of Fort Warren. The 5-hour excursion departs from Long Wharf on Boston’s Downtown Waterfront at 11:00 am, with check-in occurring 20-30 minutes beforehand. Veterans can take the cruise for free while all other guests can take the cruise at a cost of $5 per person. Call 617-223-8666 for reservations and additional information.

Volunteering to Help Veterans

You can also spend your Veterans Day volunteering to help Vets who have fallen on hard times, The New England Center for Homeless Veterans will be serving meals to Veterans on Veterans Day as well as every day throughout the year. The New England Center for Homeless Veterans is located at 17 Court Street in downtown Boston near to the Freedom Trail. For more information, call 617-371-1800.

Retail Discounts

Some of Boston’s retailers offers special discounts to Veterans on Veterans Day. Home Depot and Lowe’s, for example, both offer a 10 percent discount to Veterans on this day. Wrentham Village Outlets also offers special discounts to Vets each year.

Restaurant Discounts

A number of restaurant also offer discounts to Veterans and active duty military. Some of these restaurants include:

  • Boston Market. Offering free whole chickens with the purchase of a family meal. Located at 245 Mass Avenue in the Fenway neighborhood.
  • Cask ‘n Flagon. Offering a 40% discount on food and beverages on November 10th. Located at 62 Brookline Avenue across from Fenway Park
  • McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurant. Offering complimentary lunch or dinner on November 10th. Reservations required.  Located in Faneuil Hall

Be prepared to present a military ID, a photo of you in uniform or other proof of service to receive discounts.

Other Activities and Events

While they are not directly related to Veterans Day, there are plenty of other activities that you can enjoy during the holiday. Frog Pond in Boston Common, for example, will open for ice skating just a few days before Veterans Day. Another option is to take in a Bruins game as they take on the Devils on November 10th. Half-price tickets are also available to a variety of Boston shows, theatres, comedy clubs and other events.

In short, there are plenty of options available for you to celebrate Veterans Day in 2014. Whether you want to pay your respects or take your favorite Vet out for a night of celebration, Boston has many options available to choose from.

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