Can’t Miss Alabama honors and celebrates veterans

Can’t Miss Alabama honors and celebrates veterans
Enjoy the 69th National Veteran's Day Parade. (Alabama NewsCenter/file)

Honor a veteran for their military service this weekend.

Thank you for your service!

Salute a military hero at Birmingham’s Veterans Day Parade

Pay homage to America’s service men and women at the 69th National Veterans Day Parade in downtown Birmingham. The nation’s oldest and largest parade starts on 18th Street North and 8th Avenue North Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

The world–famous Budweiser Clydesdales are the highlight of this year’s parade. The Clydesdales will be in Birmingham Nov. 9-14. For more information about how to see the horses at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, click here.

To learn more about the parade route and other festivities, visit the website.

Enjoy an evening of patriotic music

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra Red Diamond SuperPOPS presents Red, White and Swing at Samford University’s Wright Center Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Take a step back in time to celebrate service members with big-band era favorites and music from the Andrews Sisters of the swing and boogie-woogie eras.

The Wright Center is at 800 Lakeshore Drive in Birmingham. Purchase tickets here.

Bay Minette honors veterans with a breakfast, parade and dedication ceremony

Kick off Veteran’s Day with free breakfast at the John F. Rhodes Civic Center Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. After the breakfast, you will not want to miss the Veterans Day Parade on the Courtyard Square at 10:15 a.m. A ceremony will honor the brave men and women who have protected our country.

The civic center is located at 301 D’Olive St..

For more information, call 251-937-5665 or visit the website.

Zoological facilities celebrate Veterans Day Appreciation Week

The Montgomery Zoo and the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum will honor veterans, military personnel and their immediate families through Nov. 12. Anyone with a valid military identification card can receive a 50 percent discount on regular admission tickets.

Follow the Montgomery Zoo and the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum on Facebook.

Click here for directions and ticket information. Call the Montgomery Zoo at 334-240-4900 or the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum at 334-240-4905.

Mobile’s USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park will host armed forces

The sixth Navy battleship named after the state of Alabama will host several patriotic events on Veterans Day:

The traditional flag-raising ceremony is at 6 a.m. Friday.

USS Alabama Battleship and park in Mobile is home to Veterans Day events. (contributed)
USS Alabama Battleship and park in Mobile is home to Veterans Day events. (contributed)

Enjoy the Veteran’s Day Parade at 10 a.m.

Celebrate the annual Veteran’s Day luncheon at noon.

The American Youth for Freedom Celebration is at 3 p.m.

Relax at a patriotic concert at 7 p.m.

For more information about this free event, call 251-433-2703.

National forests in Alabama gives veterans a free fee day

Veterans and service members of the armed forces can choose a day of camping, fishing, trail-riding, horseback riding and more at one of the national forests in Alabama Nov. 11:

Conecuh National Forests in Andalusia.

For details and directions, visit the website.

Talladega National Forests in Shoal Creek District

For details and directions, visit the website.

Tuskegee National Forest in Tuskegee

For details and directions, visit the website.

Talladega National Forest in Talladega District

For details and directions, visit the website.

Enjoy Veterans Day weekend at the Homestead Hollow Arts and Crafts Festival

Homestead Hollow is an annual delight in Springville. (contributed)
Homestead Hollow is an annual delight in Springville. (contributed)

Springville’s Homestead Hollow festival is Nov. 11-13. The festival will feature demonstrations on blacksmithing, wood-stove cooking, quilting and other activities that show what it was like to be a pioneer and early settler.

The festival includes a variety of entertainment, food and music. Get the complete schedule of events here.

Thank a veteran at the Taste the National Peanut Festival

The city of Dothan celebrates its harvest season and honors farmers at the largest peanut festival in the country. Thousands of visitors will attend the National Peanut Festival through Nov. 13.

Peanut lovers will not want to miss live music on the NPF Amphitheater stage. For the complete list of live entertainment, click here.

Livestock shows, competitions and other contests offer entertainment for the entire family.

The Peanut Festival is at 5622 U.S. Hwy. 231 S. in Dothan.

Purchase tickets here.

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