East Valley Live Like a Local: Veterans Day Edition

Posted 11/09/2016

This time of year, when the weather begins to cool off, its seems there are endless opportunities for families to enjoy the great outdoors. From festivals and parades to farmer’s markets and al fresco dining, the list goes on – especially in Phoenix’s beautiful East Valley, where Maracay has more than a dozen neighborhoods located throughout Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek.

And, as we approach Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, families will have even more opportunities to take part in outdoor community events, while honoring those who’ve served our country. Here’s a list of East Valley Veterans Day activities the whole family can enjoy on one of America’s greatest holidays:

East Valley Veterans Parade: Beginning at 11 a.m., the annual parade brings together the community to honor, thank and celebrate local veterans, active military and their families. The free event starts on Center Street and University Drive in Mesa, and runs south on Center to 1st Street, finally turning west onto 1st Street and finishing on North Robson.

Veterans’ Benefit Concert: Immediately following the East Valley Veterans Parade, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., this free concert at Mesa Arts Center (1 E. Main Street) will feature live entertainment from bands like Walt Richardson, Robby Roberson Band and smootmahooty, as well as food trucks and much more.

Gilbert Veterans Day Ceremony: This fun, free event at the Civic Center Campus in Gilbert pays homage to veterans with a presentation of colors, patriotic music from local schools, words from guest veteran speaker Army Sergeant Joseph Wheaton, and free food and refreshments courtesy of local restaurants.

9th Annual Gathering of Legends: In honor of Veterans Day, the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum in Mesa will host several military aviation veterans from World War II, including guest speaker and Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Holder. Held from 1 – 4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 12, the event costs $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12, $12 for seniors, and free for kids aged 5 and younger.

Bob and Bing’s Road to Victory: Bob Hope was known for his dedication to entertaining the troops oversees as well as his legendary routines and radio broadcasts with on-air foil Bing Crosby. This fun Veterans Day event recreates Bob Hope’s popular variety show with talented impersonators of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Jack Benny and many other entertainers from the era. Located at the Higley Center in Gilbert, the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $31 to $49.