Saturday 24 June 2017

Armed Forces Day

Organise Your Own Event

How to organise your event

If you can’t find an event near you, why not hold your own? From creating an event for your local community to a get-together with family and friends no event is too big or too small for Armed Forces Day. You could have a…

  • Picnic in the park
  • Themed BBQ
  • Knees up in your living room
  • Street party
  • Fête

Try to hold your event on or in the weeks around Saturday 24 June 2017. Finding the right location is key. Have a look at how many people are likely to attend and make sure your venue is big enough to hold them all. Smaller events could take place in town halls, public buildings, schools, churches and community centres. Events in city centres attract people who are there anyway; less central events may require more advertising and marketing.

Need some inspiration? Check out the Street Party website and check out our resources section to get hold of Armed Forces Day posters and decoration ideas. If you’d like to invite local military to your event look at the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force’s websites for details on the location of units and bases around the country. Finally don’t forget to share your party ideas and photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or email us at!

For information on events near you, head to our Find Events page.

How to get funding for your event

Applications for events in 2017 are now open.  For details on how to apply, first register your event with us.  If you’re worried that you don’t yet have enough detail, don’t – your registration can always be updated by emailing with a link to your post; please don’t let a lack of detail prevent you from registering early.

Applications close on Sunday 30 April 2017.

Making The Most Of Your Event

To promote your event you will want to consider doing the following:

  1. Register your event with us and your event will be displayed on the AFD map
  2. Create a Facebook event or Tweet to let your local area know about your event
  3. Make posters to advertise your event
  4. Contact your local press to help publicise the date
  5. Decorate your events with flags and bunting

Armed Forces Day does not create official merchandise, but many companies sell flags, t-shirts and other Armed Forces Day themed decorations. These are widely available online.

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