ORLANDO, Fla. — Attending the 20th annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Orlando is just one of many ways you can honor the upcoming national holiday in Central Florida.
The parade will last from 11 AM to 1 PM, starting at the corner of Robinson Street and North Orange Avenue, marching around the block to the intersection of Robinson and North Rosalind Avenue.
The city has provided a map of relevant daytime road closures, all of which should be lifted by 3 PM:
The Kissimmee Veterans Day parade also kicks off today at 10 AM in front of the Osceola County courthouse.
In Sanford, at 600 East 1st street, a scaled-down replica of the Vietnam Memorial is on display for public viewing until November 11.
A Veterans Day celebration in Seminole county is sure to attract a crowd with food and fireworks at VFW Post 10139, 300 Lake Mills Avenue, from 5 to 10 PM.
At the American Legion in Casselberry, 2706 Wells Avenue, a flag retirement ceremony will be held at 3 PM for locals to dispose of old, worn-down American flags in a respectful manner.
In Maitland, 10 AM on November 10 at 2121 Brook Drive, locals will team up with active service members, cadets, and scouts to place new flags on the graves of military veterans.
Apopka’s Veterans Day festival is the first event on this list to fall on the holiday itself, November 11, with live performances and fun at 5th Street and Central Avenue from 5 to 9 PM.
Also on the 11th, a Veterans Day tribute will be held at the Winter Springs Town Center from 6 to 7 PM at 150 Tuskawilla Road.
Notable local events apart from a Veterans Day theme include the UCF / Prairie View A&M game at the Addition Area tonight at 6 PM, the College Park Jazz Fest tonight at 9 PM, and Maker Faire Orlando, a family friendly showcase of invention and creativity at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Colonial, November 9 and 10.
And of course, the ongoing Electric Daisy Carnival at Tinker field enters a second day; the roads around Camping World stadium, including parts of South Street and Colyer Avenue, are closed all weekend.