Celebrate Military Appreciation Month in Branson MO!

Special Events and Offers Make May in Branson a Great Getaway! 


Annie Epler

Media Communications Manager

Branson/Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


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BRANSON, MO – (May 6, 2024) – During Military Appreciation Month in May, Branson MO is celebrating our heroes with welcoming smiles, big salutes, fun events, patriotic respect, and special offers. The sounds of liberty and patriotism echo throughout Branson, from the live music shows to the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City. Yakov Smirnoff, the famous Russian Comedian, says, “In Branson, every day we say ‘Thank You’ to the men and women who have helped preserve our freedoms. It’s an honor to have so many patriots vacationing here during May.”

Branson Mayor Larry Milton has proclaimed Branson as “the Most Patriotic Town in America,” noting that our annual Veterans Parade in 2024 marks its 92nd year. Branson live music shows celebrate our heroes, recognizing their service during each performance.  With over 100 live shows performing in Branson, there is a wide selection of musical genres to satisfy all music lovers’ tastes along with a variety of shows that feature comedy, magic, acrobatics, and more.  Branson showcases a wide range of live entertainment, fun and diverse attractions, pristine lakes with world-class fishing, unique shopping opportunities, and a wide variety of dining experiences. Many of these have Military Appreciation Month special deals and offers. Find out more by visiting

While we’re waiting for the release of the NFL Season Schedule and there are little if any OTA going on, May is a perfect time for Kansas City Chiefs fans (Swifties too, alongside all Football Fans) to visit the Branson/Lakes Area – the Official Vacation Destination of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Branson/Lakes Area proudly sponsors the Salute to Hometown Hero at every KC Chiefs home game. While Branson salutes veterans on a year-round basis, one special week happens every year in Branson, the Annual Veterans Homecoming Week, Nov 5 thru 11. Veterans Homecoming Week started in 1995 with the support of Music Star Tony Orlando, who says, “Branson is a special home away from home for all of our heroes and we always give an incredible welcome home to our veterans and active military!”


This May, during Military Appreciation Month in Branson, special events include:

  • The May 18 inaugural Tribute to Valor STEMLiner Aviation Expo at the Branson Airport where visitors climb aboard military (including 2 C-130s) and civilian aircraft and visit with their crews, meet CSM (ret) Gary Littrell - one of only 62 living Medal of Honor Recipients, learn about robotics/STEM, and engage with former Thunderbird pilot Major Trevor Aldridge.
  • Tony Orlando and Tribute To Valor Foundation Salute on May 18 at 6pm at the Freedom Experience Theater.
  • Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama offers Buck’s BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Pre-Show Dinner plus a Springfest Pass.
  • At Ballparks of America, experience their Fungoman Pitching Machines and enjoy the Armed Forces Day Classic, May 17-19 and the Memorial Day Classic from May 24-27.  
  • Silver Dollar City ‘s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival takes place thru May 28, 2024.
  • Branson Landing Concert Series begins on May 25.
  • Country Music Star Morgan Wallen performs at Big Cedar’s Thunder Ridge on May 25. 
  • Fritz’s offers a Spring Expedition thru June 2. 
  • Sycamore Creek Barn Dances are in full swing, as well as their Pizza Nights.
  • Live music shows like the Duttons, the Hughes Music Show, Yakov Smirnoff, Clay Cooper’s Country Express, Motown Downtown, Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show, Down Home Country, Reza, Dustin Tavella, Stevie Woods, Pierce Arrow, and more welcome Veterans, Active Military, Law Enforcement, and First Responders.
  • Many dining establishments, retail outlets, and shows & attractions offer specials for Mother’s Day.

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