Veterans Day is will be observed as a federal holiday Monday, Nov. 12. There will be no mail delivery and United States Post Offices will not be open. Most banks will be closed.
Locally, El Cerrito and Kensington public schools are closed as part of a district-wide holiday in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
El Cerrito City Hall and the city's Recycling Center also will be closed. Likewise all Contra Costa County public libraries, including El Cerrito's, will be closed.
Contra Costa County offices and courts also will be closed.
Most stores and other businesses will be open. See a list of businesses and restaurants offering freebies and discounts to veterans.
Although Veterans Day actually falls on Sunday, Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County will waive entrance fees throughout the weekend in recognition of current and former servicemen and women, park officials said. Fees will be waived at all 398 National Park Service entrances throughout the country.
A Saturday veterans event will be held at 1 p.m. on the USS Hornet berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave. at Pier 3 in Alameda at 1 p.m. The event is a tribute to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 space mission in 1969. He died on Aug. 25 at the age of 82. Armstrong was a U.S. Naval officer and flew during the Korean War. The tribute coincides with the re-opening of the renovated Apollo Exhibit aboard the ship.
On Veterans Day itself, a series of parades and ceremonies are scheduled. In San Francisco, a parade will head off from Market and Second streets at 11 a.m. This year's parade features a salute to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The veterans and military contingencies will make their way through the Financial District before ending at City Hall.
Berkeley's Country Joe McDonald will play a concert at the end of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Grove at Sonoma State University, which begins at 3 p.m.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m., the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will hold a ceremony to honor Contra Costa veterans.
Bay City News Service contributed to this article.