The Australian New Zealand Army Corps, also known as ANZACs, refers to the combined forces of the two countries, first deployed for major military action during World War I. To this day, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate the relationship on April 25 – the anniversary of the first major military action the two countries fought together. It is one of the most revered days on the Australian national calendar.

The Australian and New Zealand soldiers were ordered to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915, along with others from the Commonwealth. The plan was aimed at opening the Dardanelles Strait to their navies and allow the capture of Istanbul, which was an ally of the German forces at the time. But the military action was doomed from the start. It was hampered by poor planning, intelligence that could best be described as deficient, and a well-prepared Turkish force.

The ANZACs, along with soldiers from the French colonies and British regiments, landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, but the Turks were ready. The Allies suffered heavy casualties that day, but managed to establish two “beachheads”, one of which was at Gaba Tepe, looking out on the Aegean Sea. It became the base for so many ANZACs that it was known as ANZAC Cove. After a bloody eight month campaign, the Allies withdrew from Gallipoli, defeated. It is estimated that 46,000 troops died and 180,000 were wounded on the Allied side alone. Just under 500,000 men were sent to fight at Gallipoli over that time.

Expats who would like to commemorate ANZAC Day in the US, can do so at one of the services or events to be held at around the country, listed below. 

Related: Aussie Communities in the US


Since ANZAC Day falls on a Thursday this year, and it’s obviously not a public holiday in the US, some events are being held the weekend after April 25. Please check the dates for each event before attending. Please email me and let me know if there are events occuring that I’ve missed!

ANZAC soldier commemorative statue

ANZAC Day in Seattle

Sunday, April 28

  • Dawn Service: This year’s service will be held at Lake Union Park, 850 Terry Avenue N, and will begin at 5:55AM. It will include The Last Post, laying of a wreath, and a moment of silence, among other commemorations. The service will be followed by coffee and a light breakfast, provided by Kangaroo and Kiwi. 
    Details and registration (for catering): Click here.

ANZAC Day in San Francisco

Thursday, April 25

  • Coffee Meetup: Grab a cup of coffee or tea on the house and meet fellow Australians in the bay, at Bluestone Lane, 227 Front Street, San Francisco, between 8am and 9am. This is a sponsored event, please see event details for more details. 
    Details and registration: Australians in San Francisco Bay Area event page.

  • ANZAC Day Gathering: The Sydney Ducks, in conjunction with Hotel San Francisco, are throwing an ANZAC Day gathering at the hotel at 653 Commercial Street, San Francisco. Be prepared for a $5 sausage sizzle (yeah, you read that right), $5 Little Creatures Beer (from Western Australia) and $7 Aussie wines. And the all-important games of 2 Up. See you there. 
    Details: Sydney Ducks event page.

Saturday, April 27

  • AFL ANZAC Day Round: The Golden Gate AFL plays an ANZAC Day round each year, which includes the playing of the Last Post, and a minute’s silence for all those who have served their countries in war. The GGAFL always welcomes supporters and players (email for more details on playing in the men’s and women’s teams). Be at Ygnacio Valley Park, 901 Oak Grove Road in Concord to see the Knights play the Pirates at 10.00am.The ANZAC Day commemoration will begin at 11.25am, after which, the Seals and Mavericks will face off. This is a family friendly event with meat pies/sausage rolls (and beers!) available all day.
    Details: Golden Gate AFL website.

Sunday, April 28

  • Service and BBQ: The Australian American Chamber of Commerce will hold a service at 11am, at the Log Cabin in Presidio. The chamber will then hold a barbecue from 12pm in the park (tickets are $25 per person or $15 per child), light refreshments and a no-host bar. Bring your football or cricket set for a game. 
    Details and registration: Australian American Chamber of Commerce website.

ANZAC Day in Los Angeles

Thursday, April 25

  • Dawn Service: The Consultes-General of Australia and New Zealand are holding a dawn service from 6.15am at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 South Sepulveda Boulevard, LA. It will be followed by a Gunfire Breakfast at the cemetery. All attendees must register in advance for the service.
    Details and registration: Eventbrite page.

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Sunday, April 28

  • G’Day Sunday: Not strictly an ANZAC Day gathering but it’s for Aussies in LA and I couldn’t help adding it in here. Bring your non-Aussie friends or partners along to Venice Beach from 1pm for the first meetup of this group. Bring something Aussie (football, lamingtons, wear your green and gold) if you’d like, drinks and food (plastic containers only). Be prepared to remove anything you bring with you (ie please don’t leave rubbish behind), and bring any games, shade structures or the like. 
    Details and registration: G’Day Sunday event.

ANZAC Day in San Diego

Thursday, April 25

  • Service: The Consultes-General of Australia and New Zealand are holding a service from 8am at theUSSMidway, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. It will be followed by a Gunfire Breakfast on board the USS Midway. All attendees must register in advance for the service and bring ID.
    Details and registration: Eventbrite page. 

ANZAC Day in Las Vegas

Thursday, April 25

  • Service: Will be held from 9am at the Springs Preserve (at the Blue Star) south entrance on Valley View Road, 89107. Limited poppies will be provided. The event is free, and if you are asked, state that you require the Trail pass. Time will be allocated to acknowledge a loved one or friend who has been of service to their country. 
    Details: Facebook event page.

ANZAC Day in New York City

Tuesday, April 23

  • Dusk Service: Co-hosted by the Consuls General of Australia and New Zealand, the dusk service will be held between 6pm and 8:30pm, at the ANZAC Memorial Garden, Level 7, British Empire Building, Rockefeller Center, 620 Fifth Avenue, New York. The church memorial service attendees are chosen by ballot (and have already been chosen and notified). You can keep it in mind for 2020 though. 

Thursday, April 25

  • Dawn Service: Co-hosted by the Australian and New Zealand consulates at the Vietnam Veterans Plaza at 55 Water Street, New York from 5.30am.
    Details: Australia in the USA website.

  • Lunch: The American Australian Association is holding an ANZAC Day and Veteran’s lunch, beginning with a reception from 12pm, followed by lunch between 12.30pm and 2pm, at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street, New York. Proceeds from the lunch will go towards the association’s American-Australian Veteran’s Fund, which has so far given 20 American and Australian veterans scholarships to continue their education.
    Details: The American Australian Association reservation form.

  • Breakfast and 2 Up: The Australian NYC restaurant, at 20 West 28th Street, New York, will be serving breakfast from 8am, and playing AFL and NRL replays throughout the day. Stick around till 2pm for a few games of 2 Up. A portion of Coopers beer sales will go to the American-Australian Veteran’s Fund (see above). 
    Details: The Australian NYC restaurant Facebook page.

ANZAC Day in Houston

Thursday, April 25

  • Service: The Australian Consulate-General will hold a memorial service at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, beginning at 10.30am. It will include a march by Australian Defense Force personnel and Texas A&M Cadet Corps, and be followed by a lunch at the SAM Houston Hotel. Reservations necessary.
    Details and reservations: Australia in the US website.

Sunday, April 28

  • Service, lunch and ANZAC biscuit bake-off: The Australian New Zealand Society of Texas will hold a service at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston. Service begins at 11am, please bring your own chair and a floral tribute (if you would like). After the ceremony, there will be lunch and 2 Up in the Swanny’s beer garden at 6224 Theall Road, Houston. This is a family friendly event, Swanny’s has a playground for kids. Bring your homemade ANZAC biscuits!
    Details: Event page

ANZAC Day in Dallas

Thursday, April 25

  • Service: Dallas-based Royal Australian Air Force  personnel will hold a service at Harry Myers Park, 815E Washington Street, Rockwell starting at 7:50am. They will move onto the  Book Club Cafe for refreshments afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the occasion. 
    Details: Aussies and Kiwis in Dallas Facebook page.

ANZAC Day in Florida

Saturday, April 27

  • Barbecue: The Aussie Kiwi Club of South Florida is holding a barbecue between 1pm and 5pm at 15150 Sw 27st in Davie. Bring your own chairs and eskys full of cold ones, and let the kids run around with the horses and goats. 
    Details: Aussie Kiwi Club of South Florida Facebook event.

ANZAC Day in Colorado

Saturday, April 27

  • Beer Garden Barbie: OzDenver and Waffle Brothers owner (Aussie) Rod Dupen, are joining forces for their annual Beer Garden Barbie from 2pm-6pm, that will include a short ANZAC Day ceremony. There will be live acoustic music from Mark Noller, 2 Up for everyone, and Australian and New Zealand beer and wine, plus a sausage sizzle. Cricket-lovers will not be disappointed, with a driveway game being planned
    Details: OzDenver Facebook event.

Where to commemorate ANZAC Day in the US

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