City of Alpharetta, Senior Citizens, Special Events, Things to do

Old Soldiers Day Parade and Race 2017 in City of Alpharetta

HONOR OUR SOLDIERS
Alpharetta City Hall • Sat, August 5
9:15 a.m. Band /Program /Parade
Downtown Alpharetta on Roswell Street

The City of Alpharetta and American Legion Post 201 hosts the Annual Old Soldiers Day Parade. The parade honors our country’s war veterans and recognizes their service to our country. The City band will begin on Roswell St at 9:15 a.m., the Memorial service at 10:00 a.m. and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade ends at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road where there will be free Varsity hotdogs, drinks and lots of activities.

VIEWING FOR THE PARADE
To view the parade, the Grandstand will be on Roswell Street. You may also bring a chair or a blanket and head south on Roswell Street for the parade; or take a right onto Old Milton Parkway from Roswell Street. The parade will continue to the American Legion Post 201, so come and enjoy the post parade festivities!

HISTORY OF THE PARADE
The Old Soldiers Day Parade began years ago as a tribute to veterans of the war between the states, but was discontinued.. Twenty-eight years later, in 1952, a small group of men in Alpharetta re-dedicated Old Soldiers Day Parade in Alpharetta and started having a parade through downtown Alpharetta. Thanks to these few men and their belief in keeping this memorable tradition alive, this parade has become an annual celebration to all veterans of all wars.

Along with the program and parade, this celebration will also feature floats, High School bands, entertainment, children’s activities, and prizes. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be available at the American Legion at 201 Wills Road, at the conclusion of the parade. With so much to celebrate, take this day to recognize the living memory of all veterans of war. Rain or shine.

ANNUAL OLD SOLDIERS’S DAY RACE
Celebrate Old Soldiers Day in Alpharetta with the annual Old Soldiers Day Race! This event will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Wills Park. An 8k, chip timed race will begin at 7 a.m. Early race fee is $24 per person and includes a keepsake race t-shirt. Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m. in the parking lot behind the City Pool at Wills Park. Race day registration is $30 per person. Email accprograms@alpharetta.ga.us .

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