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It’s Veterans Day. Here’s what you need to know.

November 11, 2019 Meaghan McGoldrick
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Monday is Veterans Day, so the Brooklyn Eagle is coming at you with yet another handy holiday weekend guide.

A bit of history: The day originated on Nov. 11, 1919 as “Armistice Day.” In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and it’s been a national holiday since 1938. The annual commemoration is intended to honor and thank military personnel who have served the U.S.

Here’s what you need to know heading into the particularly patriotic holiday weekend.

What’s happening?

A Veterans Day party in Prospect Park

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

The Prospect Park Alliance will offer up a slate of family-friendly programming on Monday at one of the borough’s most vibrant green-spaces. Activities begin at noon and go through most of the afternoon, including badminton and corn-hole, nature discoveries for kids and more.

More info here.

The largest Veterans Day parade in America

The 2019 New York City Veterans Day Parade will engulf Manhattan on Monday, Nov. 11. That parade, hosted each year by the United War Veterans Council, is the largest of its kind in the country. This year’s parade will start at noon and head north on Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 46th Street.

Fun fact: This year’s parade will also commemorate the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day!

More info here.

What’s not happening?

Garbage pickup

There will be no garbage, recycling or organic collection on Veterans Day. There will also be no street cleaning. Residents who normally receive Monday trash and organics collection are advised to bring their trash to the curb after 4 p.m. Monday for collection. Those who receive Monday recycling collection will have to wait until 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 for collection on Monday, Nov. 18.

Mail delivery

Your post-person has the day off, too.

Alternate side parking

Alternate side parking regulations are suspended Monday.

What’s closed?

Government buildings

City, state and federal government buildings, including courts and post offices, are closed for Veterans Day.

Schools, banks and libraries

New York City public schools are closed for the holiday, as are most banks. All New York Public and Brooklyn Public Library branches will be closed on Monday.

Probably some Brooklyn businesses

Check in with your favorite restaurant for holiday hours before making any meal plans. Same goes for any shopping you might do. Every business observes differently!

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