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 Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, and observed by public schools and offices on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, we've rounded up terrific events where families can recognize veterans, plus some discounts and deals for military and vets.
Ceremonies and parades honor veterans and offer an opportunity for families to learn abou their service and show support. In addition, local organizations and businesses welcome veterans and current military members with free access or special discounts.
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. It's also an opportunity for families to see honor guards, military vehicles, veterans' units and high school marching bands (Saturday, Nov. 10; free).
- Join the community of Mill Creek in a ceremony honoring veterans and military from near and far (Saturday, Nov. 10; free).
- A program at the Museum of Flight showcases women's military uniforms from World War I and highlights the service of the women who wore them (Saturday, Nov. 10).
- The city of Arlington invites the community to line its downtown parade route and honor active and former military service members (Sunday, Nov. 11; free).
- Join the Museum of Flight in honoring military and veterans in a ceremony that includes tolling a bell at 11 a.m., color guard, keynote speaker and more. Admission is free for active and retired military (Sunday, Nov. 11).
- All are invited to a Veterans Day Remembrance ceremony at Tacoma's War Memorial Park, marking 2018 as the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I (Sunday, Nov. 11; free).
- Explore World War I weaponry and learn about Washington's role in preparing the country for the great war in a program at the Washington State History Museum (Sunday, Nov. 11).
- Head to MOHAI for all-ages activities — including a boat ride on Lake Union — marking the centennial of Armistice Day that ended World War I in 1918 (Sunday, Nov. 11).
- Veterans, family and friends and all supporters are invited to a short ceremony honoring military service, followed by refreshements, at Shoreline's City Hall (Monday, Nov. 12; free).
Discounts and deals
- Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline honors service members with free ice skating for everyone; skate rental is available for $4 (Monday, Nov. 12).
- Veterans and active military receive free admission to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and immediate families pay half-price admission (Saturday–Monday, 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 (Saturday–Monday, Nov. 10–12).
- Everyone can enjoy free access to our country's amazing national parks on Veterans Day (Sunday, Nov. 11; free).
- Our fantastic state parks honor military too with free access for everyone on Veterans Day; no Discover Pass is required to park (Sunday, Nov. 11; free).
- 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 (Sunday, 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. (Sunday, Nov. 11).
- Veterans and current service members get a free doughnut and small coffee at participating Krispy Kreme locations as thanks for their service — we're still confirming this one (Sunday, 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 Puget Sound Honor Flight (Sunday, 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 (Monday, Nov. 12).