Six Events to Attend During Veterans Homecoming Week in Branson

Experience Branson's love of country and unmatched hospitality towards veterans during the city's annual Veterans Homecoming Week. You will see why Branson is recognized as one of the most patriotic cities in the country.

Whether you're a veteran, active-duty military member or proud citizen, Branson welcomes all to attend Veterans Homecoming Week November 5-11 every year. Live shows, special activities and even an entire parade are scheduled to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces during this highly anticipated celebration. While there are endless reasons to be in Branson for Veterans Homecoming Week, here’s a look at six activities we're especially looking forward to observing during this year's event:

1. Vets for Vets Celebration

3750 W 76 Country Blvd

This free show at The Branson Star Theatre kicks off the week with a special performance featuring legendary comedian and entertainer Yakov on Thursday, November 5. This year's show will also feature a special opening act by Nashville Roadhouse Live. Seats are given on a first come, first serve basis until the show begins at 1 p.m. 

2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Display  

1984 State Highway 165

The traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be open at Branson's Welk Resort throughout the week (Nov. 5-10). The wall lists more than 58,000 service members who died in Vietnam. 

3. Veterans Village 

1000 Pat Nash Drive

Veterans Village is open in the Ballparks of America complex, Nov 5-10 from 9 am – 4 pm. Come enjoy the camaraderie with other veterans at the Village’s Expo Hall, Fellowship Hall and a Mess Hall with free lunch to veterans. Informal jam sessions are part of the Fellowship Hall, so bring your instrument if you would like to take part. Hosted by the Branson Veterans Task Force,  417-337-8387

4. IMAX Military Film Festival

3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Showings of award-winning documentaries of true veterans' life stories will be held at the IMAX Entertainment Complex November 6-9. You'll also be able to meet film producers and directors on-site. Films are free to all veterans. All other admission is $5.

5. 24th Annual Military Gala and Banquet 

415 N. State Highway 265

Live music, dancing, great food, an amazing fireworks show and more are all a part of the 24th Annual Military Gala and Banquet at the Chateau on the Lake, Resort, Spa & Convention Center on November 8. The gala will also include a special birthday cake cutting in honor of the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Tickets are $55 and must be reserved in advance. To purchase, call 417-336-4232. 

6. Veterans Day Parade 

Everybody loves a parade! Join the fun of the annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Branson on November 11 beginning at 11 a.m. See live bands, local veterans' chapters, performers and many more walk the historic downtown area. The parade is organized by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913 and always marks a fantastic grand finale to Veterans Homecoming Week. 

This fall, add one of Branson's most exciting and patriotic weeks of the year to your must-do list. For all Veterans Homecoming Week events, visit here