Veterans Day is one of the most well-known holidays across the country. The history behind Veterans Day starts with World War One. An armistice was declared in 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month for the global conflict that came to be known as ‘the Great War.” President Woodrow Wilson then said one year later November 11th, 1919 was the first commemoration of Armistice Day. During the 1950s, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation that changed the name. Armistice became veteran, and he made November 11th a day to honor all veterans. Come out and celebrate Veteran’s Day with day rooms across the country.

With America’s deep historical tradition and sense of patriotism, many cities hold commemorations. HotelsByDay makes it easy to book a day stay room for a couple of hours or even for a half day stay. Day rooms are perfect to nap for a couple of hours and prepare to go out.

Here are some of the largest Veterans Day events taking place this November 11th.

Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital is one of the best places to be on Veterans Day. Many of the city’s monuments and memorials host special events. Try to get a seat at the amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery. Then watch a commemorative ceremony that occurs close to a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. The nearby Women’s Memorial also has a free event that includes formal military honors, a wreath laying, and remarks by veterans.

Elsewhere in the city, ceremonies take place at both the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the World War Two memorial. Washington D.C. does not have a formal parade. Visiting a memorial is a good way to commemorate the day. Some spots like the National Museum of American History or the George Washington estate hold special events. In the evening, the National Cathedral holds a free concert.

Since the city is usually very crowded for Veterans Day, day rooms from HotelsByDay can be a good way to save some money. Rent an hourly hotel room at the Club Quarters Hotel for great access to monuments and memorials.



Due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, Houston is combining their Veterans Day ceremony with a 9/11 Heroes Run. The September 11th run had to be cancelled to focus on recovery efforts. The 5K run is open to athletes of all ages and skill levels. It has a focus on activating, uniting, and honoring all American heroes. This year, registration proceeds are being directly sent to relief funds for Hurricane Harvey.

Houston’s traditional Veterans Day ceremony will take place at City Hall during mid morning. Many military displays and activities will be set up in the area. This event includes a job and resource fair tailored towards veterans. If you’re visiting Houston for Veterans Day, HotelsByDay has plenty of day rooms available. Book a daycation at the Club Quarters Hotel and take some time to prepare for the 5K. Or, check out late from the Hotel Ylem and spend the day exploring.

New York City:

The Big Apple dedicates a whole week to commemorating and honoring America’s veterans. In the week leading up to November 11th, and you can watch Boy Scouts and firefighters prepare the World War One monument for the parade. On the 11th, head to 5th Avenue for the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade. With thousands of participants, it’s the biggest Veterans Day event in America. Participants include active duty soldiers, lots of veteran’s groups, and a variety of other participants. A formal opening ceremony takes place at Madison Square Park. Astronaut and military veteran Buzz Aldrin is scheduled to serve as the Grand Marshal of the parade.

There’s plenty to see in New York City, so go and use HotelsByDay to check in early at the Hampton Inn Times Square. The Shoreham Hotel is a daycation eligible spot that is pretty close to 5th Avenue.

No matter where you head off to for Veterans Day, take advantage of how easy it is to book day rooms through the HotelsByDay app. The entire process is seamless and easy.

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Kevin O'Brien

Kevin is a native Texan who is currently on the east coast. He’s spent time living and working in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and in Africa, and enjoys playing a couple of musical instruments.