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Tampa Bay area events that pay tribute to Veterans Day

A diving adventure, parades, free stuff and more to honor veterans.
A diver is seen near a statue of a soldier during the installing of Circle of Heroes in the Gulf of Mexico. A group of local divers is planning a Veterans Day tribute dive on Nov. 11. [Photo courtesy of Preston Rudie]
A diver is seen near a statue of a soldier during the installing of Circle of Heroes in the Gulf of Mexico. A group of local divers is planning a Veterans Day tribute dive on Nov. 11. [Photo courtesy of Preston Rudie]
Published Oct. 26
Updated Oct. 28

Looking to celebrate the veterans in your life? There are several events happening in the Tampa Bay area to commemorate Veterans Day, which falls on Nov. 11. Some even start this month.

Something a little different happening the day of is an excursion planned by a group of area divers. They’re hosting a Veterans Day tribute dive on the Circle of Heroes, an underwater military veterans memorial and recreational dive site located 10 miles off the coast of Honeymoon Island State Park. Dedicated in 2019, it comprises 13 6-foot-tall statues at a depth of 36 to 40 feet.

The statues depict Navy Sailor, Southeast Asia War Soldier, Korean War Soldier, Marine in Dress Blues, Vietnam Soldier, Air Force Pilot, No Man Left Behind, Gulf War Soldier, Iraq War Soldier, Iraq Freedom Fighter, Army Nurse, Soldier Kneeling & Battle Cross, and Coast Guard Sailor.

To register, call Woods and Water Outdoor Sports Center in Tampa at 813-684-0122.

Here’s a list of other events happening locally.

Kiwanis 2021 Annual Field of Honor Flag Display: The seventh annual Field of Honor features 460 patriotic flags representing past and present area veterans. The flags will remain on display daily through Dec. 1 in front of Seminole City Hall and adjacent to the post office. Free. Anytime daily starting Nov. 1. Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St., Seminole. 727-504-4342.

Flag displays and parades mark Veterans Day in the Tampa Bay area.
Flag displays and parades mark Veterans Day in the Tampa Bay area.

Thriving After Military Service: There is more to life than just getting a job and working to support your family after serving in the military. Find out about activities and organizations available for you to continue giving back to the community while helping yourself after military service. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2. Five Labs, 4115 W Spruce St., Tampa. 813-877-8096.

Veterans Program: Join the Rotary Club to honor American veterans. Free. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. 727-849-6464.

Free Museum Admission: Veterans/active duty military and one guest get free admission to The Dali. Other activities to honor the holiday include a Dali and the Faces of War lecture (11 a.m.) and pop up tours of World War II photography (noon, 2:30, 4 and 6:30 p.m.). Free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 11. The Dali, One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

Dental Day for Veterans: Veterans with a valid DD214 or VA ID Card can call to schedule an appointment for free dental care. Free. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6. Watts Dental, 99 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. 813-737-7370.

Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium: Veterans, active-duty personnel, their spouses, and civilian business partners can learn what it takes to start their own business and make it a success. Free. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6. Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. 800-531-8722.

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Tampa Bay Veterans Day Parade: Join the Town ‘N Country community in celebration of our freedoms and the men and women who made it so, our “Military Veterans.” Free. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Town ‘N Country Park, 7000 Hanna Ave. W, Tampa. 813-784-1282.

VETsports presents beach volleyball games honoring Veterans Day on Nov. 7.
VETsports presents beach volleyball games honoring Veterans Day on Nov. 7. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

Heroes Weekend: Whether you’ve served in the military, or serve on the volleyball court, join the City of Gulfport and VETsports for a patriotic-themed parade followed by volleyball games. Headline match of the day features the Gulfport Police against the Gulfport Fire Department. Free. Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Nov. 7. Gulfport Beach Park, 5730 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. 727-893-1118.

Veterans Road March: Meet at the park for a 3-mile walk to Rookies Sports Bar and Grill for an after-party with live music, food, refreshments and football viewing. Benefits Veteran Support Charity Funds at Siloam Lodge 399. Free (donations appreciated). 2-5 p.m. Nov. 7. Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. 352-754-4031.

Veterans Appreciation Week: In honor of Veterans Day, veterans receive free appreciation admission at Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Nov. 8-14. Guests eligible for Appreciation Admission tickets may also receive free admission for one additional guest and 15% off for up to four other guests when purchasing at the ticket window on-site or by calling reservations at 727-441-1790, ext. 0. They also receive 20 percent off concession purchases. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 8-14. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Winward Passage, Clearwater. 727-441-1790.

Veterans Day Ax Throwing: Grab a 3- to 5-pound ax and throw it at a target hard enough that it sticks in it. Form a team and compete against co-workers and friends. Benefits veteran-oriented charities. $30-$40. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Bury the Hatchet, 939 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. 813-556-7137.

Nature Coast Veterans Day Scramble: To help comply with CDC guidelines, here’s two tee times for an 18-hole four-person scramble to raise money for area veterans causes. Tournament includes cart, continental breakfast, a buffet, a hole-in-one contest and sealed-bid hole prizes. Benefits veteran organizations in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. $75. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10, 7:30 a.m. Nov. 11. GlenLakes Golf Club, 10433 Glen Lakes Blvd., Brooksville. 352-597-0238.

Mayor’s Veterans Day Celebration: Mayor Rick Kriseman honors veterans and presents the Honored Veteran Award to one or more outstanding local veterans. The event will also be streamed live at facebook.com/StPeteFL Free. 8 a.m. Nov. 11. Williams Park Veterans Memorial, 330 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7627.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will present the Honored Veteran Award at 8 a.m. Nov. 11.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will present the Honored Veteran Award at 8 a.m. Nov. 11. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Veterans Day Kids Camp: Kids are out of school for Veterans Day, so give them a day of focus, fitness, discovery and play. $75, $60 half-day. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11. Westchase Impact Martial Arts, 13038 Race Track Road, Tampa. 813-600-5260.

Veterans Day Camp: Kids have the day off from school, so they can spend their time using LEGO bricks to build model jets, planes, tanks and more. Children must be at least 4 years old and potty-trained to participate. $70 (registration required). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11. Bricks 4 Kidz, 3713 W Dale Ave., Tampa. 813-545-4282.

Car Wash for Veterans: Detail Specialist says thank you to veterans with proof of military service by giving them a free car wash all day on Veterans Day only. Free. Starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 11. Detail Specialist, 8596 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. 727-350-3639.

Veterans Day Coffee: Area veterans are invited for free coffee, brunch and conversation. Reveille will be played at 9:45 a.m. and Retreat will be played at 2:45 p.m. in recognition of military traditions. Free. 9:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Nov. 11. Bing Rooming House, 205 S Allen St., Plant City. 813-757-6760.

Veterans Day Ceremony: The 17th annual Veterans Day ceremony celebrates our nation’s veterans with music, food and live entertainment. Free. 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave., Clearwater. 727-462-6963.

Veterans Day Parade: The annual parade honors our veterans. A ceremony follows the parade at Park Square. Free. 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Fishhawk Ranch Park Square, 16132 Churchview Drive, Lithia. 813-681-2000.

Veterans Day Tribute: Mission BBQ celebrates Veterans Day with the Suncoast Region Static display, the singing of the National Anthem (11 a.m.), an appearance by the Marine Corp League Honor Guard, guest speakers and a ribbon cutting. Free. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 11. Mission Barbecue, 5602 W Waters Ave, Tampa. 813-361-7849.

Veterans Day Ceremony: The City of Safety Harbor, American Legion Post 238, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10093 present a salute to all men and women who have served and are currently serving our country. Free. 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 11. Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor. 727-724-1555.

Veterans Day Ceremony: Recognizing those who have served our country and roll call of newly inscribed names on the Memorial Wall during this free annual event. Free. 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive E, Oldsmar. 813-749-1152.

Veterans Eat Free: Veterans with a valid military ID get a free regular Bol as a thank you for your service. Free. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 11. Bolay, 1544 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 813-412-5085. Also taking place at Bolay, 1330 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-601-0811.

Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach will hold a Veterans Day Beach Bash from 3-9 p.m. Nov. 11.
Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach will hold a Veterans Day Beach Bash from 3-9 p.m. Nov. 11.

Veterans Day Beach Bash: DJ and veteran Barry Carew sets the vibes at this tribute to veterans, first responders and other heroes with dancing, food and drink specials. No cover. 3-9 p.m. Nov. 11. Postcard Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-367-2711.

Veterans Day Wrestling Trivia: Grab a brew and bring your knowledge of wrestling for a night with a raffle to benefit Liberty Manor for Veterans. No cover (food/drink additional). 4-7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. 81Bay Brewing Co., 4465 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. 813-837-2739.

Veterans Day Bonfire: Sit fireside and enjoy live music by Lady and the Outlaw as you eat a barbecue chicken dinner. $7. 5 p.m. Nov. 11. American Legion Post 335, 11421 Osceola Drive, New Port Richey. 727-868-3445.

Call of Booty: Veterans Day Party: Put on a military uniform, or a costume of one, for a 21 and older only play party saluting veterans with full liquor bar, private and group playrooms and pool tables. The party goes until 3 a.m. $6 women, $40 men, $25 couples. 6 p.m. Nov. 11. Eyz Wide Shut Nightclub, 8504 E Adamo Drive, Tampa. 813-620-1234.

Stars and Stripes Top Agent Gala: Join Tampa Bay Real Producers Magazine as they pay tribute to veterans in and around the real estate community at this party with live entertainment, food and drinks. Benefits veteran organizations. $10. 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Tampa Firefighters Museum, 720 Zach St., Tampa. 813-964-6862.

Veterans Day Dance: Small jazz combo the Tampa Rhythm Section provides oldies and dance band-style music from the 1930s to the 1950s. A special tribute will be presented to veterans by the Quilts of Valor. Red, white and blue attire recommended. $12, first-timers free. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 8401 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. 813-390-7160.

K9 Partners for Patriots Run: This 5K run/walk includes finishers medals, performance shirt, swag bag and chip timing with an individual results page complete with your results, a finisher certificate and a 20-second video of you crossing the start and finish line. Benefits K9 Partners for Patriots to provide service dogs to veterans struggling with PTSD, TBI and MST. $35-$45. 7-11 a.m. Nov. 13. Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. 813-782-1913.

Veterans Day Bike Ride: Dress in red, white and blue and jump on your bike for your choice of 10-mile, 32-mile half metric century or 55-mile metric century rides paying tribute to our American veterans. Benefits their transition from military life to civilian life. Register at RegisterVeteransDayBikeRide.com. $35-$70. 8 a.m. Nov. 13. Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. 727-552-1862.

Veterans Day Fitness Bootcamp: This “dig deep” competition and obstacle course pits veterans against law enforcement, first responders against nurses, teachers against personal trainers and moms against dads. Go to veteransdaybootcamp.eventbrite.com to register. Free (registration required). 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 13. Gold’s Gym, 3689 W Waters Ave., Tampa. 813-935-2639.

Wellness Challenge 22: Veterans Celebration: Watch as the MacDill Air Force Honor Guard performs a proper flag retirement ceremony. Then, move inside for live music, food and educational information about depression in veterans and how the use of meditation and medical marijuana could prevent suicide. Free-$10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13. Centre, 7525 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. 727-258-2001.

Military Vehicle Preservation Association Fall Rally: Walk through a gathering of historic military vehicles and living history displays from World War I to Iraq/Afghanistan. There will also be food trucks, war reenactments (1 p.m. daily), weapons firing through out the day and vendors with vehicle parts, militaria and other items. Because of loud tank and other heavy artillery firing, ear protection is recommended and pets are not allowed. Free. Noon Nov. 13-14. Zephyrhills Airport, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. 813- 361-7849.

Dozens of boats were spotted on a sandbar near John's Pass. A Veterans Day party will be held on the sandbar at 1 p.m. Nov. 13
Dozens of boats were spotted on a sandbar near John's Pass. A Veterans Day party will be held on the sandbar at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Veterans Day Sandbar Party: Dress in red, white and blue, fly a flag and put on some sunscreen for a party in the shallow waters off John’s Pass. Peter’s Weiners food boat will be on-site selling food and drinks. This party is only accessible by using some sort of water transportation. For more information, go to the John’s Pass Sandbar Day Drinkers Facebook page. Free. 1 p.m. Nov. 13. John’s Pass Village, 12902 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach.

Field Day: A Veterans Day Celebration: A day of games, cornhole, raffles, vendors, prizes, giveaways and barbecued food to honor veterans and their families. $25, $10 ages 12 and younger. 3-7 p.m. Nov. 13. Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Center, 6585 Simons Road, Zephyrhills. 813-361-6660.

Cyber Ohana Project Veterans Salute: A Luau complete with grass skirts, Island music and dancers, Tiki torches and Hawaiian delicacies. Benefits the Cyber Ohana Project, a project dedicated to helping transitioning military, veterans and their spouses secure a position in the career of cybersecurity. $100. 6-10 p.m. Nov. 13. Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd. S, Gulfport. 856-994-4024.

Veteran’s Day Parade: The City of Treasure Island and American Legion Post 158 join for a parade to salute everyone who has served our country. The parade leaves Treasure Bay and heads north to 107th Avenue; turns west to First Street East and ends at the Treasure Island Community Center. Free. 11 a.m. Nov. 14. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. 727-363-8375.

Veterans Outreach Court 2021: Are you or do you know someone who is a military veteran who needs help with criminal court cases and traffic citations from Hillsborough County? If so, the 2021 Veterans Outreach Court may help. Go to hillsclerk.com/Court-Services/Veterans-Outreach-Court to register. Free (registration required). 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19. James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital Primary Care Annex, 13515 Lake Terrace Lane, Tampa. 813-276-8100.

The Battle of Gainesville: This Civil War living history event includes historical battle presentations, military and civilian displays, blacksmithing demonstrations, suttlers and crafters, food and costumed battle re-enactments at 2 p.m. both days. $10, $5 students. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20-21. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262.