UPDATE 11/9/2022:

LEONARDTOWN, MD –The Commissioners of Leonardtown and The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County announce that the 47th Annual Veterans Day Parade has been canceled this year due to the forecasted inclement weather.

A small Memorial will be held inside Town Hall (22670 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650) at 11 a.m. on the second floor. If there is a break in the weather, a Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held outside in Leonardtown Square directly after the Memorial (approximately 11:45 a.m.).

In the event of heavy rain and dangerous conditions, the Ceremony will also be canceled, and the Town will make arrangements to place the wreaths at a later date.

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The public is invited to salute America’s Veterans at the 2022 Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown. The parade, sponsored by Leonardtown and the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, takes place Friday, November 11, 2022, at 9:45 a.m. and begins at St. Mary’s Ryken High School and will proceed along Fenwick Street and through Town Square.

Immediately following the parade, citizens are invited to Town Square for a Veterans Memorial Ceremony. This ceremony will commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway with remarks from veterans and dignitaries. The ceremony will conclude with laying the wreaths on the memorials. Veterans and family members of those who served during this war effort are encouraged to contact Brandy Blackstone, to be recognized during the ceremony. Honored dignitaries scheduled to attend include Congressman Steny Hoyer, Senator Jack Bailey, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, and other honored guests.

Inclement Weather Plan:

Due to forecasted inclement weather conditions, a decision about whether to cancel the parade will be made, and a notification will be posted no later than Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 3 p.m..

It will be announced at: VisitLeonardtownMD.com/VeteransDay and Facebook.com/TownofLeonardtown as well as on the St. Mary’s County Government website at: www.stmaryscountymd.gov.

In the event of the cancellation of the parade, the Memorial Ceremony will be held inside the Leonardtown Town Hall, 22670 Washington Street in Leonardtown, at 11 a.m.

Parking Information:

Parade Participants, please note the following:

Parade vehicles, including buses, floats, cars, trucks, and motorcycles, should report directly to the staging area at St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. All parade vehicles – except emergency vehicles – should be parked by 8 a.m.

Marching groups and other parade participants should park at Leonardtown Middle School between 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. The last shuttle leaves from the Middle School to Ryken at 9:00 a.m.

Parents are asked to refrain from dropping their children at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, along the roadside, or at the intersection for safety reasons.

Parking for Spectators:

Spectators should park at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, the St. Mary’s County Governmental Center, or the College of Southern Maryland. At the Governmental Center, spectators should use the lots adjacent to the Carter State Office Building (23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown).

Washington Street and Fenwick Street leading into downtown Leonardtown will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. until noon. Downtown parking and through traffic will be limited to areas accessible from Lawrence Avenue for residents, business owners, and employees only. Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will provide traffic control, and parade volunteers will assist with parking and street detours.

Handicapped Parking:

Spectators requiring handicapped parking may take Lawrence Avenue and (upon showing proof of a handicapped sticker or need) will be allowed to park in the public lot beside the Hair Company.

Contact Brandy Blackstone, Public Relations & Events Coordinator, Commissioners of Leonardtown’s Office, at 301-475-9791, or email brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov for questions about the parade or the Wreath Laying Ceremony.

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