Celebrate Fourth of July in Old Town

July 1, 2013

 –Jump Back In Time and Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue in True 1800s-style –

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is hosting a free, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration where guests will be able to come and relive the excitement of a 1800s Independence Day celebration. This free event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Come join us and celebrate the Fourth of July in a way that your family will never forget,” said Frances McMeeken, the event’s organizer. “We will have free activities and games for all ages that date back to the 1800s. This memorable celebration is a family tradition for many San Diegans.”

Guests are encouraged to participate in the parade around the plaza reminiscent of the Fourth of July parades of early San Diego with horses, wagons, and people dressed in historical costumes.  Children 12 years and under may enter the patriotic hat-making contest and proudly wear their creation in the parade. Registration for the contest starts at 11 a.m. in the plaza.

Activities start at 11:30 with a welcome address on the stage followed by a parade around the plaza at 11:40 a.m. It will be followed by a flag raising ceremony which will include the Marine Corp. Color Guard and special guest speaker at noon. 

San Diego’s spoken word group, Write Out Loud, will do a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence at 12:20 p.m. and attendees will have the chance to sign a replica of the document. There will also be a quilt raffle drawing by the Historic Quilt Sanitary Commission. 

Following the parade, there will be crafts, games, pie-eating contests, and informational demonstrations that represent the activities enjoyed in the 1800s. The stage will be filled with free entertainment such as historic dancing, vignettes, and patriotic music. All of the museums will be open and, as always, free to the public.

The park is located on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street, and is conveniently located next to the Old Town Transit Center, with Coaster, Trolley, and MTS bus service. Free parking is available at the CalTrans headquarters, just two blocks from the park at 4050 Taylor St.

For more information about the Historic Fourth of July celebration, call Old Town San Diego State Historic Park visitor center at 619-220-5422 or visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego.

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