Veterans Day Events and Freebies in San Diego

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Salute those who have served in our military through these Veterans Day events, attractions and special offers for our veteran heroes.

Veterans Appreciation Weekend at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Featuring a Civil War re-enactment today and tomorrow. Authentic battles (noon & 2:30 pm) plus an artillery demonstration, self-guided tours of camps, an N scale model railroad, and weaving, spinning and blacksmith demos. Nov. 3 & 4, 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10; under 6 and veterans free. 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. www.agsem.com.

FREE YMCA of San Diego County Military Appreciation Week. All 18 YMCA locations throughout the county will be free for military members and their families from Nov. 5-11. Come swim, work out and play with the whole family at a Y near you. Not a military member? All 18 locations will be free and open to the community to enjoy on Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day. Visit www.ymca.org/locations for facility hours.

Military & Veterans’ Weekend at Belmont Park. Wristbands will be half-off for all veterans, military and dependents with valid ID. Nov. 9-12, 5 pm until closing. Plus, veterans can enjoy a free burger and beer (with ID) at Beach House on Mon., Nov.12, from noon-sunset. 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. Details at www.belmontpark.com.

FREE On the Steps at SDMA: A Veterans Day Event. Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with free museum admission and a chance to view "Artists at War: American Posters of World War I." Also featuring a performance by Westwind Brass and a screening of the 1938 film, "The Dawn Patrol" (separate admission required). Nov. 9, 5-8 pm. Active-duty military and veterans will also receive free museum admission from Nov. 9-12 (please show military ID). Front steps of The San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. www.sdmart.org.

Veterans Day Celebration at USS Midway Museum. Celebrate our service men and women at this annual event that includes the NBC7 & Telemundo 20 Salute to Service Festival, live entertainment, Kidz Zone, giveaways and other activities. Nov. 10 & 11; visit website for details. Included with museum admission; veterans and up to 4 family members free. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.midway.org.

FREE Veterans Day Parade. Salute all veterans, active-duty members and their families at this annual event. Nov. 10, 11 am-1 pm. Parade travels along N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. For parade route, visit www.sdvetparade.org.

Veterans Day Lunch at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. Meet veterans and their families, and mingle with other community members. Nov. 10, 11 am-1 pm. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 404 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. www.sdchm.org.

FREE Celebrate Veterans Day with Flagship Cruises. From Nov. 10-12, all veterans, active-duty, retired and reserve members of the military can enjoy a free ride on the Patriot Jet Boat (Nov. 10-11) or a narrated Harbor Tour (Nov. 10-12). Present a valid military ID at the ticket booth to receive your free boarding ticket. www.flagshipsd.com/tours

FREE Honoring Local Heroes at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. To say thank you to our local heroes, Birch Aquarium is offering free admission to all active, reserve, retired service men and women, and veterans, plus $3 off admission for each person in their group (up to 6 people). Nov. 11 & 12, 9 am-5 pm. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.

FREE San Marcos Veterans Day Ceremony. Featuring patriotic displays, music and retiring of the flag followed by a traditional military ceremony and reception with cake and coffee. Nov. 11, 2-4 pm. Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Rd. www.san-marcos.net/veterans.

FREE Veterans Day Ceremony in Poway. Nov. 11, 11 am. Veterans Park, 14134 Midland Rd. www.poway.org.

Veterans Cruise FREE. On Nov. 11, Hornblower’s Harbor Cruise is free for all veterans and active-duty military (please show valid ID at the ticket booth). Boarding times: 10 & 11:15 am; 12:30, 1:45, 3 & 4:15 pm. Reservations required. Hornblower Landing, 970 Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+veterans-cruise-free.

FREE Veterans Day Ceremony in El Cajon. Nov. 11, 1-2 pm. Centennial Plaza, 200 Civic Center Way. www.cityofelcajon.us.

FREE Solana Beach Veterans Day Ceremony. Highlights include the Camp Pendleton Young Marines as color guard, the Santa Fe Christian School Bnad and a special guest speaker. Nov. 11, 11 am-noon. La Colonia Park. www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us.

FREE Veterans Day Ceremony at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Includes a special plaque presentation honoring Marine Corps Sergeant Major Dan Daly. Nov. 12, 2-3 pm. 6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr., La Jolla. www.soledadmemorial.com.

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