Local Veterans Day Events in Hampton Roads

Posted at 7:17 AM, Nov 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-09 07:27:22-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Veterans Day is always a holiday where Hampton Roads goes all out.

Here’s a list of events being held on or around Veterans Day to celebrate our veterans:


  • Veterans Day Weekend at Nauticus
    • From November 11 to 14
    • All veterans and active-duty service members will receive 50% off general admission tickets 
    • All Veterans and Active Duty will get a complimentary ticket to opening night at Winterfest on the Wisconsin on November 11th, 2021.
    • Proper ID is required and the discount applies to service members only, additional guests will need to purchase tickets online or at the admissions desk. Discounted military tickets must be purchased at the Admissions desk. 

Related: WinterFest on the Wisconsin returns Veterans Day, lights up historic battleship for second year

  • Annual Wreath-laying at MacArthur Memorial
    • Thursday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at the MacArthur Visitors Center
    • U.S. Congresswoman Elaine Luria, 2nd District of Virginia is featured speaker
    • Mayor Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander will provide remarks.  
    • The ceremony is free and open to the public.


  • Wreath-laying Ceremony
    • Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m.
    • Chesapeake Veterans’ Memorial in front of City Hall, 306 Cedar Road
    • The public is invited to attend

Virginia Beach

  • “Salute to Service” online event
    • Wednesday, November 10, 6-7 p.m. 
    • Virtual discussion featuring Veterans from the PRincess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni Association, The Disabled American Veterans, and Symphoncity. 
    • Program will last approximately 1 hour and will feature video of musical selections as well as discussion and resources.
  • Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
    • Thursday, November 11, 9 a.m.
    • Parade starts at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue and ends at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial at 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street.
    • The parade will include more than 90 units including military units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard that represent the military installations across the region. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will participate, as well as several Tidewater municipal and veterans support organizations, including local high school bands and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
    • Immediately following the parade, a formal ceremony that includes military, federal, state and local dignitaries will be held following the parade at 11 a.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial.

Related: Don't miss the Tidewater Veterans Day Parade in Va. Beach Thursday

Newport News

  • Veterans Day Ceremony
    • Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at the Victory Arch in downtown Newport News (25th Street and West Avenue). 
    • The program was announced by Councilman Scott and sponsored by the American Legion BraxtonPerkins Post 25.


  • Place Flags on the Graves of Veterans in Honor of Veterans Day
    • Tuesday, November 9 at 9 a.m. at Cedar Grove Cemetery
    • Join the Patrick Henry Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, Rotary Club of James City County, Salvation Army of Williamsburg, Cedar Grove Historical Society, representatives from the City Police and Fire Departments, veterans and Greater Williamsburg residents as they place more than 500 flags in honor of Veterans Day.
    • Anyone interested should meet Caretaker Bill Brown at the flagpole. Flags will be provided.
  • Veterans Day Proclamation Ceremony at Colonial Williamsburg
    • Thursday, November 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • An afternoon march and ceremony honoring America’s veterans featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, Military Programs staff, and an address of gratitude to Williamsburg community veterans by Mrs. Washington.  
    • The march begins at Capitol Circle and concludes with a commemoration service behind the Courthouse. 
    • All armed forces veterans are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • In Defense of Our Liberty at Colonial Williamsburg
    • Thursday, November 11 from 7 pm - 8 pm
    • Now is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. 
    • Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. 
    • Get your tickets here.


  • York County Veterans Day Ceremony Features "Letters and Portraits from War"
    • Thursday, November 11 at Noon in the Board Room of York Hall, 301 Main Street in historic Yorktown
    • "Letters and Portraits from War" is the theme of the ceremony that shares photographs and excerpts from letters written during wartime deployment from local soldiers, sailors, and airmen to their family members and loved ones back home.  
    • The program includes tolling of the bell, presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, and "Taps."  
    • There will also be a special recognition of all veterans of our Armed Forces.