Looking for a way to honor our country’s veterans and active-military? Bucks County is brimming with parades and commemorative ceremonies that recognize the courage and sacrifice of local veterans.
Veterans can take advantage of free tours of Washington Crossing Historic Park’s historic landmarks. Look for festive parades throughout the County, like the 11th Annual Lower Makefield Veterans Parade and Commemorative Ceremony for Veterans Square Monument with musical performances by Pennsbury High School’s Marching Band. Don’t forget veterans eat for free at local Applebee’s around Bucks County!
Take advantage of these Veterans Day celebrations and other weekend activities with our guide below of this weekend’s must-see events around the County. Stay up-to-date on what’s coming up next week with our Upcoming Events calendar.
Veterans Day Events
Council Rock North High School is hosting a ceremony to honor our country’s military personnel. Following a brief presentation by this year’s special guest, former U.S. Army nurse Captain Lynn O’Brien of Holland, students will be invited to interact and interview veterans from various American Legion Posts. All veterans are invited to attend, uniforms welcome!
When: November 10, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Council Rock North High School
In celebration of Veterans Day, Washington Crossing Historic Park is offering free tours to all U.S. veterans and active-duty military personnel. Tours include stops at the Lower Park, the Thompson-Neely House & Farmstead and Bowman’s Hill Tower.
When: November 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Washington Crossing Historic Park
Applebee’s is honoring America’s veterans and active-duty military by offering them a free meal on Veteran’s Day from a special Veteran’s Day menu. Visit a local Bucks County Applebee’s to take advantage.
When: November 11
Where: Applebee’s - various locations
The Guardians of the National Cemetery is sponsoring A Veterans Day Observance at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery.
When: November 11, 10:45 a.m.
Where: Washington Crossing National Cemetery
Veterans will take to the streets of Yardley to honor the country’s veterans and active-military. Parade veterans will step off from American Legion Post 317 at 215 South Main Street and proceed to the Yardley Monument for a Veterans Day Observance and Ceremony beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Speakers include Yardley Mayor Chris Harding, American Legion Commander Ted Smith and distinguished guest speaker Robert Craven.
When: November 11, 10:20 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: 215 South Main Street
The Northampton Township is hosting a ceremony to celebrate Veterans Day and unveil the Veterans Memorial Paver Bricks. There will be a Veterans Memorial Walk of Honor in front of the Township Building (55 Township Road) by the Memorial Monument. A Color Guard from the Marine Corps League Patriot Detachment will be in attendance to post colors, as well as four Honored Guests who will be veterans representing four eras: WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan. Refreshments and snacks will be provided after the ceremony.
When: November 11, 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Township Building, 55 Township Road
St. Andrew’s Church Cemetery will host a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of U.S. Army Nurse Miriam Knowles. Miriam Knowles was a Bucks County local who joined the John Hopkins medical unit and served as a member of the Nurse Corps of the American Expeditionary forces in France. Knowles passed during her service as a result of scarlet fever at 28 years old.
When: November 12, 10 a.m.
Where: St. Andrew’s Church Cemetery
The Annual Lower Makefield Veterans Parade and Commemorative Ceremony returns for its 11th year, honoring our country’s veterans and active-duty military personnel. The parade steps off at Edgewood and Long Acre, followed by a commemorative ceremony at Veterans Square Monument. The parade features veterans from various eras, including this year’s parade marshal, WWII veteran Carl N. Wallnau Jr. and Pennsbury High School’s world-renowned band will be performing.
When: November 12, 1 p.m.
Where: Veterans Square Monument
Friday, November 10
Snag some early holiday cheer at the Kick Off to the Holidays hosted by Peddler’s Village. Mrs. Claus is visiting Giggleberry Fair for a holiday party that includes selfies with Mrs. Claus, “wish list” letter writing to Santa, free crafting with Santa’s elves and a tree lighting to cap off the evening at Giggleberry Fair. Free hot cider and hot chocolate for all!
When: November 10, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Peddler’s Village
Cost: Free to attend
As part of the Central Bucks Chamber’s Bucks Fever Celebration of the Arts, The Bucks County Sculpture Show returns for its 40th year – displaying a beautiful collection of sculptures along with apple cider and chef-prepared treats.
When: November 10 – 12, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Bridges at Warwick
Cost: Free to attend
Check out thousands of historical political artifacts like political posters and buttons from the Inauguration of George Washington all the way up to the Presidential election of 2016. Have a political treasure of your own? Bring your own items for a free appraisal!
When: November 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; November 11, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Bucks County Hotel
Cost: $5/adults, $3/students, Free for kids 13 and under
Follow Cecily, Reggie, Wilf and retired opera great Jean Horton throughout their funny and poignant night during Quartet, a play that is a sweet ode to the art of growing old gracefully.
When: November 10, 8 p.m.; November 11, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; November 12, 3p.m.
Where: Bristol Riverside Theatre
Cost: Varies, check online for prices
There goes the neighborhood! It’s 1620 and, much to the Wampanoag Indians’ chagrin, the Pilgrims are moving in — ready to rock the “new” world. From the creators of “Altar Boyz,” this outrageously funny big new musical is everything you never learned in history class!
When: November 10, 8 p.m.; November 11, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; November 12, 2 p.m.
Where: Bucks County Playhouse
Cost: Varies – check online for prices
Saturday, November 11
All aboard the North Pole Express! Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus as you depart from New Hope Station for a North Pole Express train ride in a vintage diesel locomotive through historic Bucks County. Listen to roaming Christmas carolers, sip warm cocoa and enjoy freshly baked cookies. Each child on board will get an opportunity to share their wish list with Santa Claus and receive a sleigh bell gift from the big man himself!
When: November 11 – 12, check online for departure times
Where: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Cost: Varies, check online for prices
Watch nursery rhyme characters come to life as Music Mountain Theatre’s Children’s Theatre presents Babes in Toyland, featuring Mary Quite Contrary and a motley crew of Mother Goose Land characters.
When: November 11, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Where: Music Mountain Theatre
The Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association proudly presents a collection of unique trinkets and treasures during their 2017 Annual Antiques Show.
When: November 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; November 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Event Center by Cornerstone
Cost: $6/adults, Free for children under 16
Indulge in a delicious dinner buffet and cocktails before placing bids at an auction hosted by Historic Fallsington. Pre-registration required.
When: November 11, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Fallsington
Jazz vocalist and producer Rhenda Fearrington is visiting the James A. Michener Museum to deliver an authentic and warm performance of jazz standards mixed with soulful originals.
When: November 11, 8 – 11 p.m.
Where: James A. Michener Art Museum
Cost: $53/non-member, $45/member, $25/student (with valid ID)
Witches and wizards are invited to visit Mercer Musuem for some wizarding fun. Get sorted into houses, create wands, attend wizarding classes, sip potion cocktails, play tabletop Quidditch, and much more! Registration required.
When: November 11, 6 p.m.
Where: Mercer Museum
Sunday, November 12
Join Sand Castle Winery for their annual Bonfire Celebration. Attendees can look forward to BBQ-style food, live music and three different wine tasting stations all around a – you guessed it - cozy bonfire!
When: November 12, 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Sand Castle Winery