From parades and performances to commemorations at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City celebrates and honors Veterans Day with a wide variety of regional events.
National WWI Museum and Memorial
- Peace and Remembrance: A massive, moving light installation featuring lit poppies on the north lawn of the museum. Free to the public. Fri.-Sun, Nov. 2-11
- Special Admission: Admission to the museum will be free for all veterans and active duty military personnel, as well as half price for all other guests. Nov. 9-11
- Armistice Ceremony: A free, multi-national commemoration of the Armistice of 1918 with moving readings of poems and letters from soldiers, musical performances and more. Nov. 11
For a full list of the Armistice Day goings-on at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, visit theworldwar.org/armisticeday.
Other Notable Events
- Overland Park Veterans Day Celebration: Patriotic performances, exhibits and activities highlight this Overland Park festivity, including historic military vehicles on display, food trucks and more. Nov. 8
- Military Appreciation Weekend: All military personnel (veterans and active duty) can enjoy the Kansas City Zoo free of charge, all weekend long. Nov. 10-11
- Ike Skelton Veterans Day Salute: Independence is home to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, where visitors are welcome to pay tribute to veterans at this free annual event now celebrating its seventh year. Count on a full day featuring a ceremonial wreath-laying, live music and other activities. Nov. 11
- Leavenworth Veterans Day Parade: Travel less than 45 minutes northwest of Downtown KC to Leavenworth, Kan., where you’ll find the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River—the oldest observance of the holiday in the country. Nov. 12