Parades & Parachutes: Veterans Day Events This Weekend in Orlando

By Roger Jimenez

As the nation honors its brave veterans, Orlando stands tall with a lineup of events that pay tribute to their sacrifices. Join us on a journey through the city's heartfelt celebrations, from touching ceremonies to patriotic parades, as we honor those who served with pride. Check out these events and get ready to be inspired by the spirit of unity in Orlando this Veterans Day!


13th Annual National Veterans Day Golf Tournament 

Eagle Creek Golf Club in Lake Nona
Nov. 10 FROM 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Image by Fairways for Warriors

Fairways for Warriors, founded in 2010, invites guests to attend their 13th Annual National Veterans Day Golf Tournament hosted at the Eagle Creek Golf Club, where they can sign up for a good cause and play in the tournament (or sponsor a veteran to play instead for $300)! There are also sponsorship levels starting from $1000 per hole, to a title sponsor at $25,000 with marketing and private country club perks, if desired.


13th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

Shady Park @ Hannibal Square in winter park
Nov. 10 AT 10:00 AM

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The 13th Annual Veterans Day Celebration is a heartfelt tribute to honor the service of all veterans. Veterans from any military campaign or branch are warmly welcomed to attend. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the public can explore resources tailored for veterans' needs. The official program commences at 10 a.m., featuring musical tributes, inspirational speakers, presentations of Quilts of Valor, and recognition ceremonies highlighting veterans from different military branches.


2023 Veterans Day Parade

Robinson St. & Orange Ave. in downtown orlando
Nov. 11 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Image by City of Orlando

Join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Veterans Advisory Council as they lead the 24th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade, a tribute to the brave individuals who have defended our freedom. The parade will commence with a special tribute to military families and transitioning veterans. Following the parade, attendants are invited to the city's Veterans Day Celebration event from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lake Eola Park. 


Home of the Brave

Boxi Park in Lake Nona
Nov. 11 FROM 5:00 - 10:00 PM

stage with home of the brave signage and red white and blue decor

Image by Lake Nona

Join us in honoring our local heroes at the Home of the Brave event, returning at Lake Nona Town Center. The evening starts with a poignant Honors Ceremony, featuring an Honor Guard presentation, live musical performances, and appearances by special guests and community leaders. The event reaches its peak with a show by the Patriotic Parachute Team. It's a night dedicated to honor, remembrance, and gratitude for our brave service men and women.


Veterans Day USO Celebration 

Orlando Elks Lodge
Nov. 11 FROM 6:00 - 11:00 PM
Admission: $10 - $25 (veterans free)

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This USO-themed event promises an evening of tributes and lively performances. The first 50 veterans with reservations will enjoy a complimentary meal, while others can indulge in a delicious dinner $25 per person. Alternatively, for those wanting to just soak in the music, a music-only option is available at $10 per person. Our musical lineup includes the talents of Mikey Savage, comic "Captain" Ron Abate, and other local artists. Reservations are a must for this special occasion!


Trustco Bank Veteran & Active Duty Run For Freedom 5K

Lake Concord Park in casselberry
Nov. 12 FROM 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Admission: $10 - $45

run for freedom red white and blue event image

Image by Trustco Bank

Gather your friends and family for a meaningful tribute dedicated to active and retired Military Veterans. Join for a 5K run and walk at the lovely Lake Concord Park in Casselberry. After the 5K race, the festivities continue with a kids' run, face painting, a bounce house, lively music, and representatives from the ARMY and NAVY.


From golf tournaments to parades and lively celebrations, our city honors the bravery of our veterans. Tee off for a cause at the National Veterans Day Golf Tournament, witness moving ceremonies, enjoy vibrant parades, and partake in family-friendly activities. Join Orlando for a heartfelt Veterans Day tribute!


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