Every May the Bremerton Chamber of Conference hosts the Armed Forces Festival. First celebrated in 1948, this includes the nation’s largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade and Festival. The Chamber wants to thank the men and women that wear the uniform of the United States of America Armed Forces. Please help our community in saying thank you to our Armed Forces by attending and supporting the festival events.
May 8 Armed Forces Festival Ambassador Speakoff
Keyport Museum, 6pm free, public invited
Want to be inspired by the youth of today? Plan on joining us on May 8th at 6 PM at the Naval Undersea Museum Auditorium Keyport WA. Each year, as part of the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival, selected high school seniors from all over Kitsap participate in a multi task competition for scholarships. For the final event, each person prepares and delivers a speech on a U S veteran or naturalized citizen of their choosing. Each will be asked to answer an impromptu question. Our Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council is proud to sponsor Miss Kaylee Brace in support of her efforts to apply for this year’s “Armed Forces Festival Ambassador Scholarship”.
May 10 Pepsi Armed Forces Festival Golf Tournament
Gold Mountain Golf Complex, 7:30 am or 1 pm starts
The Pepsi Armed Forces Golf Tourament is in its 22nd year. It is played on the Gold Mountain Cascade Course. The tournament is comprised of a best Ball Scramble team event. Two Shotgun starts are available at 7:30 AM or 1PM
Team Information (Entry fee $400 per team) Form your own team, or we can pair you with someone. MILITARY: Entry fee $50 for active duty & reserve military, $100 for all others. All team members (active duty, reserve, or civil service must be from the same command or Unit).
May 11 Armed Forces Festival Military Culinary Arts Competition
Olympic College Student Center, 10 am to 2 PM-tasters needed about 2!
May 12 2012 – Bremerton mayor Patty Lent gives Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kenzil Woodard from Winnsboro, S.C., assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), a thumbs up after taste testing chili during the Olympic College Foundation Military Culinary Arts Competition held in Bremerton.
The Armed Forces Military Arts Culinary Competition got it’s beginning as a simple Chili CookOff on Armed Forces Day. It has grown into a stand alone event on the Saturday before Armed Forces Day Parade. The audience gets to sample all the entries after the judging.
- Chicken wings
- Dessert Pies
- Hors d’oeuvres
- Iron Chef (secret ingredient)
Commercial Chili Contest
In addition there is a commercial Chili Cookoff. The winner chosen by popular vote.
May 11 Costco Special Military Shopping Event
Costco is sponsoring a Special Military Shopping Event, Saturday May 11, 2013 6PM – 8PM
It’s an exclusive event with an exciting offer for new members.
Honoring those who serve our country
You do not need a membership to attend!
Fun for the whole Family & Activities for the Kids!
Exclusive Offer at this Event:
Join as a new Executive Member and get a $20 Costco Cash Card
Join as a new Gold Star Member and get a $10 Costco Cash Card
May 18 Bremerton Lions Pancake Breakfast
Downtown Bremerton at 4th and Pacific 8 AM-10 AM
Denise Zaske from Poulsbo working with the Bremerton Central Lions serves pancakes, and eggs at the pancake breakfast before the Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
For many years on Armed Forces Day, prior the parade, we host our annual Pancake Breakfast on Fourth Street in downtown Bremerton. Proceeds from this event allow the Lions to give at least one $1000 scholarship to a worthy Bremerton High School student each year.
May 18 Armed Forces Festival Parade
Downtown Bremerton 10AM – 12PM Parade Route
USS Kentucky Marches in the May 2012 Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade.
Meegan M Reid/Kitsap Sun
“Because of our Families and for our Future”
The Armed Forces Day Parade held in Bremerton is the largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the Nation. This year is the 65th year of the event held on the third Saturday of May in downtown Bremerton. The Grand Marshals for the Parade are Radm Mark Rich, Commander Navy Region Northwest, and retired Congressman Norm Dicks. The parade route begins at Olympic College Warren Avenue, down 17th street to Park then proceeds down Park street to Fouth Street, Left on Fourth to Pacific Avenue, left on Pacific past the viewing stand at Fifth Street to Sixth Street, then right on Sixth street to Washington Blvd where it disperses.
May 18 Armed Forces Festival Hero’s Barbecue
Downtown Bremerton, Pacific Ave between Burwell and 4th Ave 10AM – 2PM
PSE was honored to host the Heroes BBQ at the 2011 parade where we grilled and served 3,400 hot dogs to veterans, active duty members and attendees.
The Hero’s Barbeque is honoring the return of the USS John C. Stennis CVN-74 and provides a free Hotdog, chips and a soda meal to all Active Duty, Reserve, Retired Veterans and their families.
May 18 Navy League Black Tie Gala
Bremerton Admiral Theatre 6 PM – 10 PM
Remember the Maine | Retired Capt. Will Lent presents the Olympic Trophy to Cmdr. Mark Schmall and Cmdr. Rich Massie, commanding officers of USS Maine (SSBN 741), at the Bremerton Armed Forces Gala as Rear Adm. Bob Hennegan, commander of Submarine Group 9, looks on. The trophy is awarded annually to the top ballistic missile submarine in the Pacific Fleet.
Annual Navy League Gala to honor our Military and recognize our community and political leaders. Each year, as the finale to Armed Forces celebrations in Bremerton,
our Navy League Council honors the local military commands by hosting the only black tie event, aside from formal military balls, in the area. The Grand Marshall of the Armed Forces Day Parade is traditionally the guest of honor and this year, Rear Admiral Mark Rich is also the keynote speaker for the evening.
Numerous business and community leaders also join us for this recognition ceremony. You do not want to miss this year’s gala at the Admiral Theatre and it could sell out early.
Additionally, as part of the evening, our council presents a special, annual award to the submarine crews who have achieved the top marks in battle efficiency. Competition is very competitive and this award is coveted among the boats homeported at Naval Base Kitsap. Our council started this trophy bowl many years ago and now a similar award is provided in Kings Bay, Georgia to a submarine that is homeported on the East Coast.
The Bremerton-Olympic Navy League Gala is the social event of the year in Bremerton and each year we recognize very special people for their outstanding contributions to our council and the military.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with one another prior to and following dinner and the program. Alejandro will perform Flamenco guitar after the official ceremony.
Tickets will be available at the Admiral Theatre. Phone (360) 373-6743. Call now and make your reservations, as space is limited. Tickets purchased before May 11 will be $65. After that, they will be $75.
Civilian: Black Tie or Business attire
Military: Dinner Dress or Service Dress Blues
Menu: Surf and Turf or Vegetarian