LEONARDTOWN, Md. – The public is invited to salute America’s Veterans at the 2021 Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown. The parade, sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and Commissioners of Leonardtown, takes place Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at 9:45 a.m. and begins at St. Mary’s Ryken High School and will proceed along Fenwick Street.

Immediately following the parade, citizens are invited to Town Square for a Veterans Memorial Ceremony. This year’s ceremony will commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor with remarks from veterans and dignitaries and conclude with laying the wreaths on the memorials. Veterans and family members of those who served during World War II are encouraged to contact Brandy Blackstone at brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov to be recognized during the ceremony. Honored dignitaries scheduled to attend include Governor Lawrence Joseph Hogan Jr., Senator Jack Bailey, Delegate Brian Crosby, Delegate Matt Morgan, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, and other honored guests.

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled, and the Memorial Ceremony will take place inside the Leonardtown Town Hall, 22670 Washington Street in Leonardtown. The cancellation decision will be made by 8 a.m. Nov. 11, and a cancellation notice will be posted on the Town of Leonardtown website (VisitLeonardtownMD.com/VeteransDay) and Facebook (Facebook.com/TownofLeonardtown) pages as well as on the St. Mary’s County Government website StMarysMD.com.

Parking and Shuttle Information:

Parade participants are requested to be in place at the staging area at St. Mary’s Ryken High School no later than 9:15 a.m. and be aware of the following:

Parade vehicles, including buses, floats, cars, trucks and motorcycles, should report directly to the staging area at St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. All parade vehicles – except emergency vehicles – should be parked by 8 a.m.
Marching groups and other parade participants should park at Leonardtown Middle School and take the shuttle to St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Parents are asked to refrain from dropping their children off at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, along the roadside or at the intersection for safety reasons.

Parking for Spectators:
The parking lot adjacent to the Courthouse on Courthouse Drive is reserved for school buses and shuttles only. Parking for spectators and parade participants will not be available at the Courthouse. Spectators are asked to park at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, the St. Mary’s County Governmental Center or the College of Southern Maryland and ride one of the complimentary, round-trip shuttles into Town.

Free parking and shuttles will also be available at all three of these locations. At the Governmental Center, spectators are asked to park in the lots adjacent to the Carter State Office Building located at 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown.

Wheelchair-accessible shuttles will be available at both locations. The return-shuttle stop for both sites is located across from The Olde Town Pub on the corner of Washington and Shadrick Streets.

Spectators and participants using the shuttles may encounter delays due to crowding. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

Handicapped Parking:

Spectators requiring handicapped parking may take Washington Street and (upon showing proof of a handicapped sticker or need) will be allowed to park in the public lot beside the Hair Company.

For a map of available parking areas, go to VisitLeonardtownMD.com/VeteransDay.

Contact Brandy Blackstone, Public Relations & Events Coordinator, Commissioners of Leonardtown’s Office, at 301-475-9791, or email brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov for questions about the parade or the Wreath Laying Ceremony.