This year’s Veterans Day Parade—hosted by the United Way Veterans Council—will celebrate its centennial as more than 30,000 people march up Fifth Avenue on Monday, November 11 to honor veterans of the United States military during the annual holiday. While the organizers stress that the parade is a non-partisan and non-political event, President Donald Trump will make history this year as the first sitting president to attend the celebration. The president will not be marching in the parade but he will be giving an opening address at Madison Square Park.
The event will kick off with a traditional opening ceremony at 11 a.m. near Madison Square Park on 24th Street and Fifth Avenue, where Trump is scheduled to make a speech. The ceremony will conclude with a wreath-laying at the Eternal Light Monument inside the park at 12 p.m.
The parade itself is expected to begin shortly after, heading north on Fifth Avenue from West 26th Street to West 46th Street. The route is about 1.2 miles and the parade is expected to wrap up by 3:30 p.m.
As always, we recommend that anyone interested in watching the parade in person take public transportation to avoid unnecessary traffic headaches. Take the R, W, and 6 trains to 23rd Street near Madison Square Park for the kick-off. On the way back, the Bryant Park B, D, F, N station and Grand Central Terminal are closest to the end of the parade route.
The Department of Transportation has noted the following street closures from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
• Broadway between 5th Avenue and 28th Street
• 5th Avenue between Broadway and 24th Street
• 24th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
• 25th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
• 26th Street between Madison Avenue and 6th Avenue
• 27th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
• 28th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
• 5th Avenue between 24th Street and 46th Street
• 46th Street between 6th Avenue and Park Avenue
• 48th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue
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