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.

SeaWorld’s “Red, White & Blue Salute.” Features special in-park activities, including a salute to the military during the prelude to Orca Encounter presentations. Nov. 5-9 & 11-12. Active-duty military and veterans get FREE admission. (active duty and up to three of their direct dependents get in FREE through Dec. 31; veterans and up to three of their guests get in FREE through Nov. 15). Activities included with park admission. Visit website for park hours and ticket prices. 500 SeaWorld Dr. www.seaworldsandiego.com

FREE Veterans Day Ceremony. Join VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee for a ceremony to honor those who selflessly served our Country. Nov.11, 11 am. Veterans Park, 14134 Midland Rd. www.poway.org 

USS Midway Museum Veterans Day Celebration. Free admission for active duty, veterans and family. Nov. 11. As a special "thank you for your service to our nation," active duty military and veterans and up to two additional family members will receive free admission to the USS Midway Museum on Veterans Day. Must present ID or proof of service at the Midway’s ticket booth open daily from 10 am – 4 pm. See website for schedule of events. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.midway.org

Free admission at California State Parks. Free admission to veterans, active duty and reserve personnel at 133 participating state parks on Nov. 11. www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/983

Flagship Cruises and Events. Veterans, active duty, retired, and reserve members of the military to enjoy a FREE ride on the Patriot Jet Boat or the narrated Harbor Tour. Military family members and friends can purchase 50% off tickets with an active-duty military member.
990 N, Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.flagshipsd.com/special-offers

Veterans Day Boat Parade. The Fleet Week Veterans Day Boat Parade departs from Shelter Island at 10 am on Nov.11, passing Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, the USS Midway and Seaport Village. Activities include vintage plane flyovers, live Coast Guard demos and other patriotic activities. Live-stream available at www.fleetweeksandiego.org.

Drive-thru Parade of Honor. Honor Flight San Diego will host a socially-distanced, no-contact drive-thru parade for all veterans from 10 am-12 pm on Nov. 11. Participants will drive by well-wishers and receive a care package at the end of the route (while supplies last.)  National University parking lot, 9388 Lightwave Ave. www.honorflightsandiego.org 

Salute to Military Pet Adoption Events. San Diego Humane Society and Helen Woodward Animal Center will waive pet adoption fees for veterans, active and reserved military, and their dependents on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8. The Humane Society will extend those dates until they reach 150 adoptions. Military ID required. Adoption appointments required. Visit www.sdhumane.org and www.animalcenter.org.

Military Family Drive-in. Nov. 14, 6-9 pm. Lexus Parking Lot at Petco Park, 58 11th Ave., downtown San Diego. www.fleetweeksandiego.org/military-family-drive-in-event

Click here to find meaningful ways that your family can support our veterans during the holidays and all year long. 

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Updated November 2020

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