Honor the veterans in your life with events, discounts and more this weekend in Birmingham

Veterans Day Parade
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Monday, November 11 marks Veterans Day. How will you celebrate this special weekend in Birmingham? Here are some events to check out, plus some great deals to take advantage of.

Toe the Line Zumbathon for Active Heroes

Birmingham, Active Heroes
Photo via Active Heroes on Facebook

Get ready to bust a move during the Toe the Line Zumbathon benefiting Active Heroes. Proceeds from the event help efforts to reduce veteran suicide and assist military families.

So dance and donate while you break a sweat during this family-friendly event.


Where: Mcalpine Recreation Center. 1115 Avenue F., Birmingham, AL 35218
When: Sat., Nov. 9
Price: 2-4PM
Tickets

Alabama Veteran Casino Night Gala

Birmingham, Alabama Veteran
Photo via Alabama Veteran on Facebook

Did you know each year Alabama Veteran hosts a salute to service gala to honor veterans and military? This year’s theme is a casino night.

Along with motivational speakers, there will be:


  • Food
  • Dancing
  • Raffle prizes
  • And more!

Where: Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. 4000 Grand Ave, Birmingham, AL 35226
When: Sun., Nov. 10
Time: 5:30-11:30PM
Price: $0-$1,000
Tickets

TrimTab Brewing Co.

In the mood for a drink? TrimTab Brewing Company is doing something unique this Veterans Day.

Join them for a release of 1947 Veterans Blend Pale Ale that’s crafted with Veteran selected Simcoe, Loral and Ahtanum hops.


Donations during the event will support the Wounded Warriors Family Support Fund.

Where: TrimTab Brewing Co. 2721 5th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
When:
Mon., Nov. 11
Time:

National Veterans Award Reception and Dinner

Where: Sheraton Birmingham (Ballroom). 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
When: Sun., Nov. 10
Time: Reception – 5PM; Dinner – 6PM
Price: $45
Tickets


This annual reception and dinner honors an outstanding veteran in the United States each year who has made great contributions to further the patriotic interests of veterans and veteran organizations throughout the country.

National Veterans Day Parade

Birmingham, Veterans Day
2018 National Veterans Day in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

What better way to celebrate our veterans than with a parade?

Pop quiz! Where was America’s very first Veteran’s Day Parade held? If you guessed Birmingham… ding, ding, ding!… you are correct!


This annual event celebrates the national holiday signed into legislation by President Eisenhower in 1954, and is the longest-running Veteran’s Day parade in the country.

National Veteran’s Day Parade route, Birmingham, AL.

This year’s parade will march into action at 1:30PM. Here’s a look at the parade route:

  • Parade Begins: Richard Arrington Blvd. & 1st Ave S.
  • Turns RIGHT onto 3rd Ave S.
  • Turns RIGHT onto 14th St. S.
  • Turns RIGHT onto 1 Ave S.
  • Parade Ends: 1st Ave S. & 20th St. S.

Tip: the best place to view the parade will be at Railroad Park. Arrive early, bring some chairs and blankets and cozy up for a memorable event.


Can’t make it to the parade? No worries! Tune in to the livestream.

Veterans Day Weekend at the Zoo

Birmingham, Birmingham Zoo
Zoo fun. Photo via the Birmingham Zoo on Facebook

In honor of Veterans Day, the Birmingham Zoo will be offering free admission to all vets, active and retired military and their dependents, November 9-11.

Enjoy all the zoo has to offer.


Ride the Red Diamond Express Train

  • Spin on the Protective Life Carousel
  • Experience the Predator Zone Lion Training
  • And more!

Military ID, dependent ID card or driver’s license with veterans designation is required.

Retail Discounts

Looking for good shopping deals? You’ll find them this Veteran’s Day at these locations:


Academy Sports + Outdoors

Available To: Veterans/Active-Duty Service Members and their immediate family
Discount: 10% off entire purchase in-store and online.
When: Now-Mon., Nov. 11

Goodyear Auto Service

Available To: Veterans/Active-Duty Service Members
Discount: FREE car care checks and FREE tire installation. (Car care checks include: tires, brakes, alignment, battery, wiper blades, shocks and struts.)
When: Nov. 8-Nov. 16.

Great Clips

  • Available To: Veterans and Current Military Members
  • Discount: Receive FREE haircut or FREE haircut card to use at a later date.

Home Depot

Available To: All veterans
Discount: 10% discount
When: Mon., Nov. 11


Publix

Available To: Veterans, Active Military Personnel and their families
Discount: save 10% on groceries
When: Mon., Nov. 11

Rack Room Shoes

Available To: Military personnel and their dependents
Discount: 10% discount off entire purchase
When: Mon., Nov. 11

Sport Clips

Available To: Veterans
Discount: FREE haircuts
When: Mon., Nov. 11


Restaurant Discounts

Birmingham, California Pizza Kitchen
Photo via California Pizza Kitchen on Facebook

Don’t forget about food! Restaurants around Birmingham will also be offering discounts to veterans. Here are some:

California Pizza Kitchen

Available To: Veterans and Active-Duty Military
Discount: Complimentary meal from a special menu
When: Mon., Nov. 11

Chicken Salad Chick

Available To: Veterans and Active-Duty Military
Discount: FREE Chick Special and Regular Drink
When: Mon., Nov. 11


Cracker Barrel

Available To: Veterans
Discount: Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Pumpkin Pie Latte
When: Mon., Nov. 11

Logan’s Roadhouse

Available To: Veterans and Military Personnel
Discount: FREE meal from the American Roadhouse menu
When: Mon., Nov. 11 from 3-6PM

Birmingham, Metro Diner
Photo via Metro Diner on Facebook

Metro Diner

Available To: Active and Retired Military
Discount: 20% off meal
When: Mon., Nov. 11


O’Charley’s

Available To: Active-Duty Military and Veterans
Discount: FREE meal
When: Mon., Nov. 11

Red Robin

Available To: Veterans and Active-Duty Military
Discount: FREE Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries
When: Mon., Nov. 11

Twin Peaks

Available To: All Military Members
Discount:
Select FREE menu items
When:
Mon., Nov. 11


What will you be doing Veterans Day Weekend in Birmingham? Let us know what else is taking place.