Cities all over D-FW will be honoring American military heroes throughout the weekend. Here are a few top parades, memorials and festivals. Browse this list of top bets or find one in a town near you on our full list.

Eugene Parker, a U.S. Marines veteran, poses for a photo with a stuffed horse during last year's Veterans Day parade in Dallas. 

Eugene Parker, a U.S. Marines veteran, poses for a photo with a stuffed horse during last year's Veterans Day parade in Dallas. 

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Updated, Nov. 11 at 4:38 p.m.: The 2018 Dallas Veterans Day parade has been canceled due to "overwhelming safety concerns" about predicted inclement weather. 

Marching bands, JROTC groups, floats, military vehicles and veterans organizations will turn downtown Dallas red, white and blue during a parade focusing on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. 

Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St.

Fort Worth 

Beginning at 10:45 a.m. Tarrant County Courthouse (100 E. Weatherford St.), this parade makes a stop at Sundance Square (420 Main St.) for a ceremony at 11 a.m before proceeding down Main St. The theme is "The War to End All Wars" and the grand marshal is Jim Hodgson, a Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Director. There will be a flyover by a Marine squadron in F/A-18 Hornet planes. 

Nov. 10 at 10:45 a.m. beginning at 100 E. Weatherford St. and running through Sundance Square, 420 Main St.

Grapevine Veterans Day Parade and Fair


Salute American military service members during a patriotic parade down Main St. and learn about organizations that help veterans in need. A fair will follow with food, music and games. 

Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grapevine Historic Main Street District, 705 S. Main St.

The Colony

This festival features live music by country greats Radney Foster, Restless Heart and headliner Sawyer Brown. There will be a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m., and a video exhibit honoring military veterans with local ties. Enjoy a fun run; a car, bike and truck show; carnival rides and food; a silent auction and a fireworks display at around 8 p.m. 

Nov. 10 from noon to 9 p.m. at Colony Five Star Sports Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. Prices vary for vendors and carnival rides and games.


Hundreds of collector vehicles in categories such as vintage, antiques, classics, muscle cars, trucks and low-riders will be on display at Turkey Trax Auto Show and Veterans Run, a patriotic eleventh annual event in Forney. Start the day with a 5K fun run, which benefits local veterans organizations. 

Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Forney Community Park, 241 South FM 548, Forney. Free for spectators; $20 to participate in 5K run.

25th Anniversary Open House


See, touch and learn all about military aircraft during this 25th anniversary open house event in Addison. The museum's public hangars feature open cockpit tours where aviation aficionado can climb in and explore. There will also be a Sherman Tank demo, and discounted flights in select aircraft, including the Cavanaugh's new Huey (that's a Bell UH-1 Iroquois utility helicopter).

Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4572 Claire Chennault St., Addison. $12 for adults and teens; $6 for children 4-12; free for children 3 and younger and veterans.


This annual event in DeSoto connects vets to organizations and people whose mission is to serve the ones who served. It includes connections to job opportunities and veteran-specific vendors, plus a veterans benefit representative and free flu shots and blood pressure tests. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Mayor Curtistene McCowan will give remarks during a ceremony at 10 a.m. 

9 a.m. to noon at the Jim Baugh Government Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto. 

Farmers Branch Veterans Day Celebration

Farmers Branch

Take a trip through time during this nostalgic event featuring live music by the Victory Belles, a "delightful vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s" whose "repertoire includes all the treasured gems of the WWII era plus patriotic classics including a musical salute to each branch of the US armed forces." 

The day begins with a patriotic ceremony and the posting of the colors and finishes with the All-American Hot Dog Lunch.

Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Farmers Branch Senior Center, 14055 Dennis Lane, Farmers Branch.


Mesquite Fire Corps presents a free park picnic featuring live music by the Dallas Heritage Brass Band to drive donations for the Mesquite Veterans Memorial.

Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at City Lake Park, 403 S. Galloway Ave., Mesquite.


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This two-part memorial features an 11th Hour ceremony at 11 a.m. with a missing man formation flyover, patriotic music and parade of colors. A sundown ceremony at 5:26 p.m. includes the reading of names on the city's Wall of Honor before the playing of "Taps."

Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and 5:26 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 6053 Weiskopf Ave., McKinney. 

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