Memorial Day Weekend Events 2014

Well, the end of April is here and I sit here and ask myself…WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?!

BUT, Memorial Day Weekend is approaching (May 23-25th) and we wanted to share some of the fun things to do in San Diego with the family!

Here at Seaside Nannies, we love, respect and appreciate everyone that has served or is serving our country.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

Being that San Diego is a HUGE Military town, there is plenty to do to appreciate the significance of this meaningful holiday.  Enjoy this amazing weather we are having and take a trip to the Midway in the San Diego Bay or visit the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center at Balboa Park!

Below are some suggestions for some engaging and educational activities to make the most out of your 3-day weekend! (Thanks to KUSI) 🙂 The events are arranged by location so no matter where you are, there will be something going on!


Balboa Park: “Reading of the Names” of veterans from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the Vietnam Veterans of America, San Diego Chapter 472, at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, 2115 Park Blvd. Followed by a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. (619) 239-2300

Midway Museum: Remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. on the flight deck, 910 N. Harbor Drive. Veterans from current and former wars will present remembrance wreaths. Patriotic entertainment will be featured. Free. (619) 544-9600 or

Midway Museum: Kenny Loggins will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the flight deck, 910 N. Harbor Drive. Second annual American Freedom Festival to benefit several local and national veterans’ organizations. Tickets range from $79 to $129. (619) 544-9600 or

Midway Museum: The Adventure Discovery Zone is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to June 1 at 910 N. Harbor Drive. There will be restoration activities, interactive exhibits, photos, “Birthplace of Naval Aviation” presentations, airplane model exhibits and other activities. Museum admission is $10 to $18. (619) 544-9600 or

Point Loma: Boy and Girl Scouts will place more than 66,000 U.S. flags on grave sites, 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. (619) 553-2084, ext. 4000.

Rancho Bernardo: The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society will hold a Memorial Day celebration with pancake breakfast and music by the Dixie Strutters from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del, Verano Norte. Tickets: $6. Bring your military photo for the museum’s Wall of Honor and for free breakfast.


Balboa Park: Continued reading of names of veterans from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center.

Midway Museum: meet pilots from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 910 N. Harbor Drive. The pilots who flew each of the 25 airplanes and helicopters on display will tell their stories and answer questions. Museum admission is $10 to $18. (619) 544-9600 or

Poway: A Mass honoring deceased military heroes is 9:30 a.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 16275 Pomerado Road. (858) 487-2159.

Memorial Day Monday

Alpine: Dedication ceremony 1 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. “Mission Honored: A Dream Achieved” is the dedication of the Veterans Wall of Honor and includes hamburgers, hot dogs, apple pie. (619) 445-7330.

Balboa Park: Remembrance ceremony at 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. featuring guest speakers, the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, retiring the colors and taps. Museum open from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. (619) 239-2300.

Bonita: Service at 11 a.m. at Glen Abbey Memorial Park, 3838 Bonita Road. In partnership with Chula Vista Fleet Reserve Association, branch 61, the service will honor those who’ve died in military service with presentation of colors, performances of the national anthem, “America the Beautiful” and taps, a rifle salute, performances by the AIM San Diego West Mime Company, fly-over by vintage planes and a display of classic cars. Free. (619) 498-4603 or

Coronado: 10 a.m. service hosted by the Coronado VFW at Star Park, one block off Orange Avenue at Star Park Circle and Loma Avenue. Followed by refreshments at the VFW Post 2422, 577 Orange Ave. Free. (619) 865-4809.

Coronado: 1 to 3 p.m. concert featuring the Coronado Big Band at the Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. (619) 435-8895.

Del Mar: The Del Mar Community Memorial Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Frank Munoz will be the guest speaker. Munoz currently serves as the Group Chaplain for Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and recently served in Afghanistan. At the end of the service, deceased military members will be remembered during the Memorial Roll Call, which concludes with the playing of taps. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St. (858) 279-5458.

Encinitas: Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Cottonwood Creek Park, 95 N. Vulcan; hosted by the San Dieguito American Legion Post 416. (760) 434-2704.

Escondido: American Legion Post 149 will host a ceremony at 10 a.m., Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road. (760) 745-1159.

Julian: Observance from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Julian Pioneer Cemetery, A Street at Farmer Road. Potluck afterward at American Legion Post 468, 2503 Washington St. (760) 765-0126.

La Jolla: Program at 2 p.m. at Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial, 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive S. Plaque presentation will honor Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, a recipient of the Medal of Honor. (858) 459-2314 or

Midway Museum: Proclamation at noon at 910 N. Harbor Drive. Bill Horn, chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, will present a proclamation for deceased military personnel in front of the HUP helicopter. This program will include a performance by the San Diego Children’s Choir. (619) 544-9600 or

Midway Museum: meet pilots from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 910 N. Harbor Drive. The pilots who flew each of the 25 airplanes and helicopters on display will tell their stories and answer questions. Museum admission is $10 to $18. (619) 544-9600 or

Oceanside: The Veterans Association of North County will hold a remembrance ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon at The VANC Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave, Oceanside.

Oceanside: 8 a.m. Mass at Mission San Luis Rey Parish, 4070 Mission Ave. and Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, 4050 Mission Ave., will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. for visitation and tours. (760) 757-3651.

Point Loma: Annual Memorial Day Service and Day of Remembrance ceremony, 10 a.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Guest speaker will be Rear Adm. William Douglas French, Navy Region Southwest commander. (619) 200-5236 or

Rancho Bernardo: Memorial Day ceremony at the lake in Webb Park, Avena Place off Bernardo Center Drive. The ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m. with a Patriotic Musical Prelude by the Romona Town Hall Brass Band and continues at 10:40 a.m. with the Rancho Bernardo High School Madrigals. (858) 485-5243.

San Diego: Memorial Day service at 1:30 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial Park, 4300 Imperial Ave. In partnership with the American Legion San Diego Post 6, this event will honor those who’ve died in military service with guest speaker retired Marine Lt. Col. Brian Josten. Free. (619) 264-3131 or

San Diego: Spaghetti dinner at 3 p.m. at American Legion San Diego Post 6, 3563 Adams Ave. This event follows the Memorial Day service at Greenwood Memorial Park. Cost is $5. (619) 281-3381.

San Diego: 11 a.m. Memorial Day service at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Drive. Following the service there will be a procession and event. Free. (619) 264-3127.

San Diego: San Diego Veterans For Peace, Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter, will host an Arlington West Memorial at the USS Midway Museum Lawn at Broadway and Harbor Drive. Veterans from all military branches will participate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to assist with the placement of religious symbols and candles. Names of the fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be read. (858) 342-1964.

San Marcos: VFW Post 3795 will host a ceremony at 10 a.m., San Marcos Cemetery, 1021 Mulberry Drive. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served afterward at the post, 212 W. Mission Road. (760) 744-3795.

Solana Beach: The city and VFW Post 5431 will host a ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial in La Colonia Community Park, 715 Valley Ave. Highlights include a performance by the Santa Fe Christian School Band, Camp Pendleton Young Marines, and Color Guard. Light refreshments served. (858) 720-2400.

Vista: American Legion Post 365 will host a 10 a.m. remembrance ceremony at Walmart, 1800 University Drive. (760) 726-0472.


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