Calling all mad hatters! Looking for some patriotic attire to show off your American pride this Fourth of July Weekend? At Old Town San Diego State Historic Park there will be a patriotic hat contest on July 4, during the weekend-long Fourth of July celebration.

The contest will be for children ages 5-12 and the entry fee is $1.00, which will include all the hat-making materials needed to create a fabulous headpiece. This contest isn’t just any regular hat-making extravaganza, as the hat kits include a white bag, construction paper, ribbons, flowers and even flags.

Contestants will be allowed to use crayons, glitter, stars to trace, and glue.  The booth will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the contest will be at 1:30 on the stage. This is something not to miss because there will be ten prizes of Cold Stream Ice Cream coupons, and no kid wants to miss out on free ice cream!!

*Children only, without parent assistance.

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–Pre-Fourth of July Event to Celebrate America’s Birthday–

On Sunday, July 3, guests of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will get to enjoy two free, all ages concerts featuring patriotic music from Dixie Jazz Katz at 2 p.m. and the Navy Band Southwest at 4:30 p.m.

The Dixie Jazz Katz will play selections such as: “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Yankee Doodle Boy,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” with a New Orleans-style twist.  The Dixie Jazz Katz is led by its trumpet player, Jim Gleason. He has assembled a diverse group of talented musicians, including hobbyists, educators and professionals, who get together for the simple joy of playing timeless New Orleans-style jazz.

 

The Navy Band Southwest will be entertaining the crowd with patriotic tunes on July 3 in Old Town San Diego.

The Navy Band Southwest will be entertaining the crowd with some of their famous patriotic tunes from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. such as “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”  Navy Band Southwest is one of the Navy’s oldest continuing musical organizations. Now with over 80 years of support to the San Diego community, the band serves as the musical ambassador for the Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

These free concerts take place in the middle of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This event is sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. For more information, call 619-297-3100 or email Suzanne@jsimmsagency.com.

There is no where better to celebrate America’s birthday weekend than in the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The Fourth of July weekend is full of fun, free activities that the whole family will enjoy.

The weekend’s activities kick off on Saturday, July 2, with free tours of the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant. The tours will take place at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and will continue on Sunday, July 3. Tour participants will have a chance to grace the hotel’s trademark balcony, once frequented by the legendary proprietor, Albert Seely. Since 1869, the famous balcony has historically acted as a popular communal meeting ground where the public could experience Independence Day traditions.

Pie eating contests will be one of the activities featured at Old Town's Historic Fourth of July celebration.

In addition, on Saturday the state park will present the performance “How the West Was Spun: A Comic Adventure.” This 45-minute performance is full of laughs and is about a dime novel author who comes to San Diego in search of new material.  Admission for adults is $5 and admission for children is $1.

On Sunday, July 3, guests of the park will get to enjoy free concerts featuring patriotic music from Dixie Jazz Katz at 2 p.m. and the Navy Band Southwest at 4:30 p.m.  The Dixie Jazz Katz will play many patriotic songs including “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Yankee Doodle Boy” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” with a New Orleans-style twist.  The Navy Band Southwest will be entertaining the crowd with some of its famous patriotic tunes such as “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” until 6 p.m.

On Monday, July 4, Old Town State Historic Park is hosting an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Guests will be able to come and relive the excitement of an old-fashioned 1800s Independence Day celebration. Townsfolk in period attire will be conducting children’s games, demonstrations, activities, contests and more. Attendees will get to test their skills at pie-eating contests, three-legged races, bucket races, a children’s historic hat contest and more.  Monday’s event starts at 11 a.m. with activities until 4 p.m.  This event is in cooperation with the Boosters of Old Town which benefits educational programs in the park.

For more information about any of these events, call the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Visitor Information Center at 619-220-5422 or visit www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego.

Come get your fiesta on at the launch of Barra Barra Saloon’s Wacky Tuesday kick-off party on June 28. Every Tuesday this summer, patrons can treat themselves to the best drink specials and Mexican cuisine in Old Town. Highlights include an all-night happy hour with a brand-new appetizer menu featuring tasty quesadillas, individual-sided nachos and zesty carnitas, flautas, tacos and ceviche all under $7. Live music will be provided as well as a new Blood Orange margarita.

Barra Barra Saloon's Wacky Tuesday features a brand-new appetizer menu that includes chicken flautas and a Blood Orange margarita.

Barra Barra Saloon is located in Fiesta De Reyes at the northeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and between Wallace, at the corner of Calhoun, one block from Juan Street, where free parking is available after 5 p.m. each day at the CalTrans headquarters. For more information, visit http://www.fiestadereyes.com/ or call 619-297-3100.