Preview: American Heroes – A Salute to Veterans Festival

Every year The Colony honors the true American Heroes. Join us as we salute our veterans and celebrate them with family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and much more on Saturday, November 10. Check out the full day’s lineup.

American Heroes 5K / 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run

American Heroes Run

Start the day off with a 1 mile, 5K, or 10K run! Proceeds benefit the local American Legion Holley-Riddle Post 21, Inc. Registration is now open for all ages and abilities.

Stewart Creek Park (3700 Sparks Road)

6:30 AM – On-site registration begins

8:00 AM – 1 Mile Fun Run begins

8:20 AM – 5K and 10K Runs begin

(Event has been cancelled due to increased lake levels with an alternative course is not available)

Holiday Craft Bazaar

Holiday Crafts

Enjoy holiday shopping while supporting local makers! The Holiday Craft Bazaar will feature handmade finds, holiday gifts, home décor, jewelry, clothing, and refreshments.

The Colony High School (4301 Blair Oaks Drive) Gymnasium

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Veteran Ceremonies 

American Heroes-The Colony-Anthem

Various ceremonies will take place throughout the day designed to honor veterans at American Heroes. Pay tribute to the unselfish contributions by men and women at the “Honor and Remember” memorial ceremony.  If you wish to honor a veteran in your life, submit their photo for a special presentation during the Heroes Ceremony.

The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive)

11:00 AM – Memorial Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial

5:45 PM – Heroes Ceremony on the Main Stage


American Heroes Carnival

American Heroes Carnival

Enjoy plenty of rides, games, and fair food at the four-day carnival. For discount coupons visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau (6900 Main Street) by Friday, November 9 or look for our Mobile Visitor Center at the Sponsor Expo Saturday, during American Heroes.

The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive)

Thursday 11/8: 4:00 – 10:30 PM

Friday 11/9: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Saturday 11/10: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Sunday 11/11: 1:00 – 10:30 PM

Heroes Hut 

Heroes Hut

American Heroes is a family-friendly event that features many ways for little ones to get involved in honoring those who serve. Kids can help create a large patriotic mural or decorate Holiday cards to send to troops overseas. Don’t miss out on patriotic face painting, button making, and much more at the Heroes Hut!

The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive)

12:00 – 6:00 PM


Charity Silent Auction

A.H. Silent Auction

Be sure to stop by the Silent Auction tent and bid on your favorite items. Bring your checkbook or credit card and help raise funds for Operation Comfort Warrior and 22 Kill, a Veterans suicide awareness organization.

The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive)

12:00 – 6:00 PM

Sponsor Expo


Sponsor Expo

Meet the small business owners in the community! We will be there in our Mobile Visitor Center welcoming attendees to The Colony. Stop by and pick up a discount coupon for the carnival or win some patriotic swag!

The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive)

12:00 – 6:00 PM

FREE admission

Car, Truck and Bike Show

American Heroes Car Show

Don’t miss your chance to see vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles from across the decades. Cars range from Corvettes to Tri-Five Chevys and Mustangs to Motorcycles. Those who wish to enter can find more information online.

The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive) in front of the High School

1:00 – 2:30 PM – Registration

3:00 PM – Judging Begins

4:00 PM – Awards Presentation

FREE for spectators

Concert Series

American Heroes at Night

Pack your blanket or lawn chair and spend the afternoon listening to some live tunes! Enjoy country-pop concerts from Radney Foster, Restless Heart, and headliner Sawyer Brown.

The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive) Main Stage

1:30 PM – Radney Foster

4:00 PM – Restless Heart

6:30 PM – Sawyer Brown


Firework Spectacular 


As the evening comes to a close, the sky lights up with an All-American Fireworks display. Enjoy the spectacular display set to patriotic music.

The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive)

8:00 PM – All-American Fireworks

For more information on American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans, please visit The Colony’s Parks & Recreation Department website. All times are tentative and subject to change. Any major updates will be posted on Parks & Recreation Department’s Facebook