Camp Gordon Johnston Day – Veterans Parade & Dice Run
Saturday, March 9, 2024: 29th Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Day Veterans Parade
Come celebrate the 29th Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Veterans Parade on Saturday, March 9, 2024 starting at 10:45 am ET in Carrabelle, FL. This parade is planned especially to honor our country’s remaining WWII veterans as well as recognize and salute all veterans from WWII to present. All veterans, their family and friends as well as the general public are asked to come to Carrabelle to join the celebration of our military veterans. The museum needs the community’s support and participation to make this celebration more special than ever for our veterans.
The Camp Gordon Johnston Parade pays tribute to all veterans of all branches of service. This community parade typically features vintage military vehicles like the WWII DUKW, Willis Jeep, and German Lieferwagen. In addition, entries include other military vehicles, motorcycles, JROTC units, color guards, veteran organizations and auxiliary units, and of course, many civic and community floats, decorated golf carts, gorgeous classic cars, Shriners and beauty queens of all ages. The parade will wind through downtown Carrabelle along US Hwy 98.
Camp Gordon Johnston Museum invites everyone to participate in the parade. Participants do not need any military affiliation to participate, just an appreciation for veterans and military. Individuals, community organizations and businesses are all welcome to participate with a float, vehicle or as walkers. Participants can show their support for our veterans and military service members by displaying red, white and blue colors. There is no cost to participate in the parade. For best parade placement, participants are asked to fill out the 2024 Parade Entry Form and return it by March 4, 2024. Participants who do not register are still encouraged to join.
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, located at 1873 Highway 98 West, will be open Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Guests are encouraged to come and learn the amazing stories of the region’s WWII heroes and see the remarkable artifacts. Overflow and large vehicle parking is available directly across US Hwy 98 at Carrabelle Public Beach Park. While in Carrabelle, participants are encouraged to stay for the weekend (or the week) and enjoy a variety of community activities, attractions, and restaurants.
– Parade route: Begins at US Hwy 98 and 10th Street West in Carrabelle FL near the foot of the Tillie Miller Bridge. It winds down Hwy 98 and end at center of town at the corner of US Hwy 98 and Tallahassee / Marine Street.
– Spectators: Encouraged to line the street down Hwy 98. WEAR red, white and blue. DISPLAY ‘Thank You’ signs and / or American Flags if you have one. And CHEER for our veterans!
– Parking: Free, street parking along the side streets close to the parade route (Tallahassee Street, Marine St, and in front of the Carrabelle History Museum at SE Ave B). Additional free parking is available at George Sands Park, corner of Hwy 98 & SE 3rd St.
– Road Closure / Detour: During the parade, US Hwy 98 will be closed to thru traffic on this route starting at 10:40 am on Saturday, March 9. Alternate route via Avenue C North is available.
Sponsors and volunteers are also needed for these festivities. For more information, contact the museum at (850) 697-8575 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Funding provided by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, the City of Carrabelle and the Camp Gordon Johnston Association.
Saturday, March 9, 2024: 5th Annual Dice Run
Pre-Registration is now open!!
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum and the American Legion Post 82 Camp Gordon Johnston have joined forces to host the bigger than ever 5th Annual Dice Run on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm in Carrabelle, FL as part of the 29th Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Day. The Dice Run will take place immediately following the CGJ Veterans Parade and is a much-needed fundraiser to support the missions of both Camp Gordon Johnston Museum and American Legion Post 82. The funds raised are used to share the stories of those who trained at Camp Gordon Johnston and those who served in WWII and to honor all our military veterans.
During this event, participants will enjoy a leisurely ride or drive along the Forgotten Coast on beautiful coastal US Highway 98 to various fun stops, rolling dice at each one. All types of vehicles are welcome to participate. At the end of the day, those with the highest and the lowest combined dice rolls will win prizes. There will be additional stops around the county and then the run will conclude by 4:30 pm at the American Legion Post 82 in Lanark . This year the final stop party will be better than ever with a butts and clucks dinner and live music and of course, winner prizes, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle.
Registration for the Dice Run is available now online at https://cgjevents.ticketleap.com/dicerun5/. Tickets are available for $25 a person. That price includes the ride, one dice run card, a door prize ticket, and a butts and clucks dinner with live music. On-site registration for the Dice Run will also be available starting at 11:30 am at the first Dice Run stop, Camp Gordon Johnston Museum, 1873 US Hwy 98 West, at Carrabelle Beach, FL. Additional dice cards, 50/50 raffle tickets, meals, and other options are also available for purchase online.
Guests are urged to come to Carrabelle before the Dice Run to enjoy the Veterans Parade either as a participant or a spectator. The parade, which honors and recognizes military veterans and active duty military, will start Saturday, March 9 at 10:45 am along US Hwy 98 in downtown Carrabelle. Visitors are also welcome to visit the museum to learn amazing stories of the region’s WWII heroes and see the remarkable artifacts. The museum will be open from 11 am to 5 pm. While in Carrabelle, participants are encouraged to stay for the weekend (or the week) and enjoy a variety of community activities, attractions, and restaurants.
Camp Gordon Johnston Museum and American Legion Post 82 are seeking sponsors, volunteers, and door prize donors for this event. Camp Gordon Johnston Association and American Legion Post 82 are both 501c3 nonprofits. For more information, call the museum at (850) 697-8575. Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.