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Veterans Day parades in Northern California

Celebrate the people who protect our freedoms overseas and at home at these parades throughout Northern California.

CALIFORNIA, USA — Veterans across Northern California will be in the spotlight this Veterans Day as parades march through their towns.

Veterans Day is a day born from World War I, specifically when the fighting came to a stop on Armistice Day. By 1938, it became an official holiday honoring veterans.

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The day was also set to be celebrated on a Monday because officials hoped it would encourage travel and other activities other a long weekend to stimulate the economy, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

However, for those staying in town, many communities are putting together parades where families can gather together to thank and show appreciation for their local veterans. 

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Here's what's going on in Northern California:


Veterans Day Parade

When: Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.

Where: 10th and O Streets in Modesto


2nd Annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony

When: Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.

Where: William A. Fish Veterans Park


Veterans Day Parade

When: Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.

Where: Downtown Jackson


Veterans Day Parade & Commeroration

When: Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. (Ceremony) and 12:30 p.m. (Parade)

Where: Texas Street in Downtown Fairifeld


Veterans Day Parade and Resource Fair

When: Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. (Fair), 10 a.m. (opening ceremony), 11 a.m. (Parade)

Where: Capitol Mall, between 3rd and 9th Streets

California Mexican American Veterans Day Ceremony

When: Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: El Soldado Monument, on 10th Street across from the West Steps of the Capitol


Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade

When: Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Where: Historic Downtown Marysville, D Street and 7th Street


Veterans Day Parade and Community Ceremony and Luncheon

When: 10:50 a.m.

Where: Downtown Auburn, starting at Lincoln Way and Cleveland Street and ending at the Gold Country Fairgrounds


19th Annual Wayne Spence Folsom Veterans Day Parade

When: Nov. 11 at 9 a.m.

Where: Parade begins at East Bidwell Street and ends at Folsom City Lions Park

Elk Grove

18th Annual Veterans Day Parade

When: Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. (Ceremony) and at 11 a.m. (Parade)

Where: Parade begins at Elk Grove-Florin Road and ends at Elk Grove Regional Park

West Sacramento

Veterans Day Parade

When: Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

Where: Meadow Road to Westacre Road to Park Boulevard


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