Fourth of July Celebration in Old Town Historic Park July 2-4

June 27, 2011

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

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