Old Soldiers Day Road Race and Parade

Filed in Events by on July 20, 2016

old soldiers day road race and parade

The City of Alpharetta and American Legion Post 201 hosts the Annual Old Soldiers Day Road Race and Parade, which will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The day kicks off with the road race and then is followed by the parade and celebration.

Celebrate Old Soldiers Day in Alpharetta and by joining us for the annual Old Soldier’s Day Race! This event is an 8k, chip timed, race that will begin at 7 a.m in Wills Park. 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.

The parade honors our country’s war veterans and recognizes their service to our country. The City band will begin on Roswell Street 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.

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!

The Old Soldiers Day Parade began years ago as a tribute to veterans of the war between the states, but was discontinued after a few years. 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.

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