Squished between the excitement of Halloween and Thanksgiving, Veterans Day is easy to overlook—even in D.C., where we are surrounded by military bases. But, it’s actually a day chock-full of fun events and activities for the out-of-school set. From a tribute parade in NoVa to a thank you card drive on the National Mall, here are three awesome ways to celebrate the veterans of our armed forces with the whole family.


Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade
Go traditional and take the wee ones to the 5th Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade.  This year it is all about a special tribute slated for Desert Shield & Storm Veterans. Totally free (who doesn’t love that) and open to all, the parade features all military branches and is rounded out with high school bands and a pipe and drum corps. Got a tyke who needs a daily police or firefighter fix? Local police and fire color guard represent while the military shows their pride with antique and modern military vehicles. The whole shebang kicks off with a performance of the National Anthem by Nashville recording artist, Ginger Harvey.

When: Nov. 9, 11:00 am
Center St. between Prescott Ave. and West St. (Manassas, Va)
Online: vetpar.org


Socks for Vets Veterens Day Card Collection
If parades are not your game then head over to the National Mall where you can witness the Brewer family—spearheaded by sixth grader Cavan Brewer—handing out thank you cards to all vets. Heartwarming and full of feel-goodness, this an excellent way to show little ones that anyone (even a middle schooler) can get involved, show respect and help out in thanking our troops. Bring your own cards, handwritten notes, pictures, toiletries, and yes—new socks, to be donated to soldiers by Socks for Vets.

When: Nov. 11
National Mall
Online: facebook.com/SocksforVets


The Christmas Attic on Veteran’s Day
If it is not too soon to get your Santa fix on or you just want to beat the rush come December then head over to The Christmas Attic in Old Town Alexandria.  Military troops, a camo-suited Santa and a passel of family members turn out each year to listen to patriotic songs (only in the DMV!), enjoy some food, play games and yes, get pictures taken with the bearded one.

When: Nov. 11, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Christmas Attic
125 S. Union St. (Alexandria, Va)
Online: thechristmasattic.com

How does your family celebrate Veterans Day? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Victoria Mason

Photos courtesy of Manassas Veterans Day Parade, Socks for Vets, and The Christmas Attic