We owe our thanks to the thousands of men and women in our communities who serve or have served our country in the military. In honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, local organizations and businesses are offering discounts and free access for current military members and veterans.
In addition, ceremonies and parades honor veterans and offer an opportunity for families to learn and show support. From Naval Air Station Whidbey to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and all across the world, thank you to our service members, past and present!
Ceremonies and events
- The city of Auburn hosts a Veterans Day Parade and Observance, one of the largest in the western U.S., honoring military and veterans, and an opportunity for families to see honor guards, military vehicles, veterans' units and high school marching bands (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- The city of Arlington invites the community to line its downtown parade route and honor active and former military service members (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- Join the Museum of Flight in honoring military and veterans in a ceremony with music and the unveiling of a Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to flying aces of World War II; several living aces will be in attendance and museum admission is free for active and retired military (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- The city of Shoreline invites all current and former service members, the families and the community for a ceremony honoring veterans, with refreshments (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- Learn all about our state's role in World War I — which the U.S. entered 100 years ago in 1917 — and the time period's changes in immigration, industrialization, women's rights and more in a program at the Washington State History Museum (Saturday, Nov. 11).
Discounts and deals
- Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline honors service members with free ice skating for everyone; skate rental is available for $4 (Friday, Nov. 10).
- Veterans and active military receive free admission to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and immediate families pay half-price admission (Friday–Sunday, Nov. 10–12).
- Veterans and active military receive free admission to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville and their immediate family members pay half-price admission (Friday–Sunday, Nov. 10–12).
- Tacoma Art Museum just announced that it will offer free entry to active military, reservists, veterans and their families, not just on Veterans Day but year-round (beginning Saturday, Nov. 11).
- Everyone can enjoy free access to our country's amazing national parks over Veterans Day weekend (Saturday–Sunday, Nov. 11–12).
- Our fantastic state parks honor military too with free access for all on Veterans Day; no Discover Pass is required to park (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- Woodland Park Zoo salutes veterans and active military with free admission for current and former service members and spouses plus discounted admission for up to four family members (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- Everett's Imagine Children's Museum welcomes veterans for free and all visitors can add a brick to the "Wall of Thanks" to honor military service members; ceremony at noon (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- The Children's Museum of Tacoma invites kids to dress up in red, white and blue to honor veterans and military on Veterans Day; admission is pay-as-you-will everyday (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- Local restaurants Ivar's and Kidd Valley are offering a tasty thank you to service members: a free entree (at Ivar's) or free cheeseburger, fries and a drink (at Kidd Valley) for active military and veterans, with I.D. (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- Veterans and current service members get a free doughnut and small coffee at participating Krispy Kreme locations as thanks for their service (Saturday, Nov. 11).
- Veterans and current service members can pull up to one of Brown Bear Car Wash's tunnel locations and get a free car wash on Veterans Day; for others who get their car washed, Brown Bear will donate $1 to the Puget Sound Honor Flight (Saturday, Nov. 11).