7 Awesome Things To Do On Veterans Day In San Diego (The Last One Everyone Should Do!)

While we all had one hell of a week with the election madness, there’s something every American can agree on: we should support our Veterans this Veterans Day. 

The military community has played such an important role in the history of San Diego, and the area provides a number of things you can do to celebrate and show your support.

Here are our top seven:

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1. San Diego Veterans Day Parade

A celebration of Veterans Day would not be complete without a parade. Check out the San Diego’s Veterans Day Parade in downtown. There, you’ll see a 4,000-plus person parade filled with bands, floats, Civic Groups, Active Military persona, and Veterans.

The celebration starts promptly, and we suggest you arrive early for good seating.

Location: San Diego Embarcadero, Harbor Drive, and West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Time: Nov 11, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM


2.  Veterans Day Salute and Fundraiser at Del Mar Racetrack

If you live in the North County area, one of the best opportunities to celebrate Veteran’s Day is the Veterans Day Salute and Fundraiser at the Del Mar Racetrack.

Organized by the American Legion Post 416 and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, the event marks the opening of the Bing Crosby Season. It’s a day-long event and festivities include parachutes jumpers, bbq, performances from military bands, and the unfurling of one of the largest U.S. flags in the country.

Location: Del Mar Racetracks, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014

Time: Friday, November 11 at 11:00 AM

Cost: $10 to $50


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3. Spend the Day at the Beach

Your Veterans fight hard for you to be able to enjoy the amazing things that the American way of life have to offer, and a day at the beach in San Diego is as American as it gets. It’s going to be warm, so set up camp for the day and consider flying an American flag above your beach chair.

If you are of the surfing type, you should hit the waves. With the Santa Ana winds blowing, and the easing Hurricane Swell, we are in a treat for some good waves and nice weather. While the forecasts call for a tapering in size, it should still be a beautiful day to get out on the water. Check out Surfline for the full surf report.


4. Treat a Veteran to a Meal

It feels really good when someone picks up your tab, doesn’t it? If you spot a veteran or active duty military at a coffee shop or restaurant on Veteran’s Day (or any day for that matter!), pick up the tab and say thank you. I promise it will make an impact.

If you’re a Veteran, or currently serving in the military, there are a number of San Diego area restaurants giving out some pretty tasty discounts. You can get a list of some of the restaurants with Veterans Day deals here.

We recommend the Social Tap Eatery, which has a location in Downtown and the College Area, and offers half off all food orders for active-duty military and veterans!

Cost: $10 to $50

Joshua Tree at sunset

5. Visit a National Park — For Free!

If getting out and experience nature is your idea of a good time, you’re in luck. All the National Parks in the country will be open to the public for free.

If you’re up for a mini-road trip, Joshua Tree is only 3 and half hours away. Not that far but not close either, and the fall is a great time to visit the park.

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6. Visit the U.S.S. Midway

While the Veterans Day Parade is happening just down the street, the Midway also has festivities. While the parade is open to anyone, there will be a day-long celebration aboard the Aircraft Carrier.

There will be live entertainment — including a KidZone, activities, prizes and giveaways. The event is free to the Military, Veterans, and their families. Otherwise, the event is free with admission to the museum.

Time: 10 A.M. 5 P.M.

Location: U.S.A Midway, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Price: $18 to $8, and free for the Military, Veterans, and their families.


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 7. Simply Say ‘Thank You’

No matter your political beliefs, we can all agree that the men and women who serve in the military deserve our gratitude.

As you’re going about your daily activities and you see someone who clearly served in the military, walk up to them and say “Thank you for your service.”

The act might be small, but the thought goes a long way, and everyone can afford to do it.