Veterans Day 2019: Where to celebrate in Baton Rouge

This year, Veterans Day falls on Monday, Nov 11. Celebrate and honor our nation’s veterans and active military at these Baton Rouge area events. 

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Veterans Day at the Zoo 
Saturday, Nov. 9

All veterans and those currently serving are welcome to celebrate the day at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. All veterans and active military members receive complimentary admission for you and up to five guests. Just present a valid military ID at the gate. Non-military are welcome, also, and regular admission applies. 

Veterans On Parade in Port Allen
Sunday, Nov. 10

See festive floats roll out at 1:30 pm on Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Port Allen. Join the crowds and show your support for the area’s brave servicemen and women. Also, there is a special presentation when the parade ends at the West Baton Rouge Museum. All veterans can participate on the floats free of charge. To enter a float, click here for the entry form.

LDVA Veterans Day Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 11

This year, the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs hosts a ceremony for its annual event at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol. The ceremony starts at 11:00 am in the House Chamber, which is located on the second floor of the historical downtown building. This event is free and open to the public. It is just one of five ceremonies the LDCA hosts at five veterans homes across the state.

USS KIDD, free admission for veterans
Monday, Nov. 11

Visit the USS KIDD and Veterans Museum in Downtown Baton Rouge. The riverfront museum offers free admission for all veterans and their families on Veterans Day. It’s open 9:30 am – 3:30 pm on weekdays. 

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Baton Rouge Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 16

The City of Baton Rouge hosts the Capital Region Veteran’s Parade sponsored by the Mayor-President’s Advisory Council on Veteran’s Affairs in downtown on Saturday, Nov. 16. The parade rides down River Road, starting in front of the Pentagon Barracks and ending at the USS KIDD. See live music by Jonathan Boogie Long and food vendors. Plus, hear from speakers, like General Russell Honoré and Mayor Sharon Weston-Broom. 

This year the parade honors three one-hundred-years-old World War II Veterans – Warrant Officer Johnnie A. Jones Sr., Corporal Leon Dixon Sr., and the oldest World War II Veteran in the United States: Private First-Class Lawrence Brooks.

Entertainment begins at 11:00 a.m. on the River Plaza Stage adjacent to the USS KIDD Museum. The parade rolls out at 12:00 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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