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11:00AM - 2:00PM

Auburn's 56th annual Veteran Parade & Observance

Main Street

Auburn, Washington is typically designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day. The City of Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and considers it an honor and privilege to host this annual event. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Parade since 1965. Now in its 56th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest parades of its kind in the United States of America.

The purpose of Auburn's Veterans Parade & Observance is to positively focus on honoring our country's veterans and active military personnel. Through our parade, we focus recognition on congressionally-recognized Veteran Service Organizations and their auxiliaries, the military and military reserve, National Guard and ROTC. The goals and purposes of Auburn's Veterans Parade & Observance are to give honor to our country's veterans and to their military missions of defending freedom around the world. 

We are currently planning for the 56th annual Veterans Parade to be held in Auburn on Saturday, November 6, starting at 11:00 AM. The parade typically boasts over 200 units and nearly 6,000 parade participants, including 25+ marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' units, honor guards and more.

The parade route travels along Main Street from E Street to A Street NW/SW. To participate in Auburn's Veterans Parade, complete and return the official Parade Application Form or complete the on-line registration (available in Fall 2021). 

Check back as the event approaches, if we have any COVID-19 changes or restrictions.

Other related activities include: 

Saturday, November 6
Auburn American Legion Auburn Post #78 Community Breakfast
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE
This component of the Observance is a partnership between the City of Auburn and Auburn American Legion Post #78. The breakfast is $8 per person and includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee. 

Saturday, November 6
Static Display & Exhibit Showcase 

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Downtown Auburn 

Take time to visit a variety of information booths, military vehicles, equipment and personnel and food vendors that will be on display on South Division Street and A Street SE. 

Saturday, November 9
Curb Competition
10:00 AM
Downtown Auburn

The curb competition is for groups/individuals that would like to honor Veterans, but do not fit the criteria to participate in the parade. Those participating in the Curb Competition may set-up and decorate a 12' long x 5' deep section of curb along the parade route to honor our Veterans. Participants must set-up along the Parade Route (Main Street) from Auburn Ave/A Street SE to E Street. Set-up is held from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Judging is held from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM. Awards will be given in three categories: Best Curb Appeal, Most Patriotic and Best Salute to Veterans. Stay for the parade to salute our Veterans and active military personnel - a great way to show your support! 

Saturday, November 6
Remembrance Ceremony & Lighting of the Flame
9:45 AM
Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street SE
This 30-minute ceremony will include a presentation of colors, a live performance of the National Anthem, lighting of the flame, wreath placement, rifle salute and taps. This component of the Observance is a partnership between the City of Auburn and the Auburn American Legion Auburn Post #78.

Saturday, November 6
Veterans Day Marching Band Competition 
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth Street NE
This is Washington's State's largest Marching Band and Field Competition! It is hosted by the Auburn High School Band & Choir Parents. Typically, over 25 marching bands participate in the parade and over 30 marching bands participate in the Field Competition. Event admission is charged at the door.

Saturday, November 6
Auburn Noon Lions Veterans Luncheon 
1:30 PM
Merrill Gardens at Auburn, 18 1st Street SE
This is always a popular component of our Observance, selling out the past several years. Doors open at 1:00 PM. Advance reservations are required. This location is just two blocks East of the end of the parade route. The Luncheon is co-sponsored by the City of Auburn and the Auburn Noon Lions. The lunch program honors our Veterans, with special recognition to our Dignitaries in attendance. The Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee's Outstanding Veterans Award winners will be recognized at the lunch and presented with their award, along with other special presentations. 

"Our Heroes | Our Parade" Banner Tribute Program
This program was created to recognize and pay tribute to the brave men and women in Auburn who are serving, have served, or have given their life to our country in the United States Armed Forces. It also provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses and Veteran Service Organizations to support those who served by sponsoring a banner in downtown Auburn. Banner sales begin in July 2021. Application deadline is Monday, August 16, 2021. Please complete and return the application with applicable banner fee and supporting documents .

Take some time to thank a Veteran for their service and sacrifice.

Official Forms and Helpful Information:

  • COMING in July 2021

There is absolutely no parade parking in local business' parking lots. Please be courteous when parking in the areas surrounding the procession route. 

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Contact Information:
Kristy Pachciarz, Special Events Coordinator

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