Veterans Day gives us (Americans) the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. Veterans. In fact, Veterans Day was formerly known as “Armistice Day”, was originally set as a legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which ended on November 11, 1918. There was a brief period where the holiday was actually not recognized in November, but when President Gerald R. Ford was in office, he signed a law that brought the holiday back to November 11. It has been at this date since then!

We have put together a few local events you can attend in the Inland Empire. The dates for parades and festivals vary, especially since the actual day falls on a Sunday. However, If the Nov. 11 holiday falls on a non-workday (Saturday or Sunday), the holiday is observed by the federal government on Monday (which is November 12 this year).

Let us know which one you are attending!

Event: Riverside: The 2018 A Salute to Veterans Parade & Expo 

“Join us in honoring Veterans of all ages and from all branches of the Military in Downtown Riverside… and have fun!”

The parade will feature:

  • Airplane Flyovers
  • Marching Bands
  • Mounted Horse Units
  • Antique Cars and Floats
  • Bag Pipers and Dancers
  • Military Vehicles
  • Color Guards
  • Active Duty Military Personnel
  • Mini Cars and Mini Horses

And most importantly, OUR VETERANS!

Learn more on the parade website: Click Here 

November 11th

“Give thanks to the brave men and women that dedicate their lives to serve our country and protect our freedom during the Veterans Day Celebration on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Miller Park Amphitheater (17004 Arrow Blvd)”

Learn More: Click Here 

“On Sunday, November 11, 2018, the City of Rancho Cucamonga along with the community will honor local and national military service members at the City’s 11th Annual Veterans Day Celebration. The celebration will take place at Central Park’s Freedom Courtyard, located at 11200 Base Line Road in Rancho Cucamonga. The Veterans Day Celebration will begin at 10:57 a.m. with a Moment of Silence and Ceremony.

A FREE barbeque will follow directly after the ceremony and will offer music, crafts, and fun activities.

For more information regarding the City’s Annual Veterans Day Celebration, please contact Raymond Garcia with the City of Rancho Cucamonga Community Services Department at (909) 774-2213.

CLICK HERE for the flyer.

San Bernardino – Free Bus Rides for Veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans Day Events 2018

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“Join us on Saturday, November 11, for the Veterans Day Salute & Parade, honoring all who have served in the armed forces.

At 11 a.m., the event will kick-off with a parade starting at 14th Street and Mt Vernon Avenue. The parade will make its way south on Mt Vernon and end at La Plaza Park. This year’s Parade Grand Marshall will be SBPD Lt. Rich Lawhead who served in the Marines. Lt. Lawhead was nominated for his extensive community outreach throughout his career with the San Bernardino Police Department.

Following the parade, a ceremony will be held at La Plaza Park”

Learn More: CLICK HERE

November 15th

“Norco College Student Veterans of America Present the 2018 Benefit Concert – come to enjoy music from our very own NC music students. Families are welcome. Proceeds will go to the NC Student Veterans of America Club.

November 15th, 6-8pm at the Norco College Amphitheater.

Tickets for $5 and T-Shirts for $15”

Learn More: CLICK HERE


Looking for discounts and freebies at your favorite restaurant on Veterans Day? Check out our post to find the best ones in the Inland Empire!