Veterans Day on Cape Cod

Cape Cod honors our country's veterans, their service and sacrifice

Veterans Day is officially celebrated on November 11. The first Veterans Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919 and was known as Armistice Day. It marked the anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress made it an annual holiday in 1926 and it became a federal holiday in 1938. Until 1954 Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day until President Eisenhower official changed the name.

There will be several ceremonies honoring veterans across Cape Cod on Tuesday, November 11. Some events were already held this weekend.

Ongoing Events through Veterans Day

The public is welcome to visit the 2nd annual Field of Honor in South Dennis through Veterans Day. Operation Flags for Vets also placed 57,000 flags at the graves at the Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery in Bourne this weekend.

Cape Cod Parades & Other Ceremonies on Tuesday, November 11

  • Barnstable: Annual Veterans Day Parade. Steps off on South Street, Hyannis at 10 a.m. A program featuring the laying of wreathes will follow at the Village Green. Colonel Timothy A. Mullen, the state quartermaster, will be the keynote speaker.
  • Chatham: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. at Veterans Circle (the rotary). Guest speaker, bagpipes. In the event of inclement weather, ceremony will be held inside the Chatham Community Center. (Sections of Main Street will be closed at 10:45 a.m. through the ceremony. Detours around the area will also be in place, according to Chatham police.)
  • Dennis: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 10:30 a.m. at Merrill Memorial Park, Route 28 in West Dennis. Following the ceremony, a process will head over the Bass River Bridge for the Yarmouth ceremony at 11 a.m.
  • Falmouth: Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. on the lawn of the Falmouth Public Library on Main Street.
  • Harwich: Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. at Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich Center.
  • Mashpee: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 10 a.m. at Mashpee High School. A light breakfast will follow in the school cafeteria. Mashpee residents are encouraged to attend and thank former and current members of the military. The event will be held rain or shine.
  • Provincetown: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 10 a.m. at MacMillan Wharf.
  • Truro: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. at the Council on Aging, 7 Standish Way.
  • Yarmouth: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. at Veterans Park at Packet's Landing, Route 28 on Bass River.

What's Open on Veterans Day

  • Retail stores, supermarkets, restaurants and pubs

What's Closed on Veterans Day

  • Banks
  • United States Post Offices
  • Federal, state and town offices (call ahead to confirm if your town's transfer station is open or closed)
  • All town libraries
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