The 2013 presidential inauguration may seem like business as usual for a country that has had its fair share of historical presidents, but the day still holds meaning. Orange County provides ample options for celebrating this American tradition. Welcome President Barack Obama to a second term with American cuisine, history, art, live music or beers on tap. These are the best ways to experience the inauguration in the O.C.
Anaheim White House Restaurant
887 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
To celebrate the presidential inauguration in style, check out Anaheim White House Restaurant’s lavish decor, gourmet food and fine wines. Visited by many political celebrities including President Jimmy Carter, Gov. Gray Davis, President George W. Bush, Gov. Jeb Bush and the crown prince of Belgium, the Anaheim White House promises the perfect patriotic appeal to complement your evening. The owner of Anaheim White House Restaurant, Bruno Serato, is not only a successful restaurateur; he also provides food to impoverished families in the area so you give back to the country every time you dine here.
“Capital Crimes” Hosted by Laguna Beach Democratic Club
235 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Hours: Jan. 21, 6 to 10 p.m.
Watch the 2013 Presidential Inauguration at the Laguna Beach Democratic Club’s event, “Capital Crimes” hosted by BC Space. Of course you’ll get to watch the 2013 inauguration in full, but you’ll also have access to the only art show around designed specifically to teach you about the money people of the world. Click here to learn more about the celebration. Free wine and snacks will be provided.
Throwbacks Sports Bar & Grill
1759 Claudina Way
Anaheim, CA 92805
Americans are known for their strong sports fan base, food off the grill and beer on tap. Throwbacks Sports Bar & Grill marries all of those cultural traditions into one place and offers televisions, a pool table, classic American food and, of course, plenty of beer. Located within a mile of Anaheim Stadium, Throwbacks Sports Bar & Grill is a desirable destination for sports fans and anyone looking to have a relaxed all-American experience. Meet some friends, rejoice in American traditions, and enjoy the Presidential Inauguration on a big screen TV at this local hideout.
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Take a journey back in time and explore the life of the United States’ 37th president. The library is located on nine acres of property in Yorba Linda and features insight into Richard Nixon and the effect his presidency had on the country. Click here for to learn about special upcoming events being held at the Nixon Library. For more information regarding how to plan your visit, click here.
Related: 5 Reasons To Visit The Nixon Library
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade
Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Hours: Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. parade; 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. festival
Honor the nation’s first black president in his second term with a parade from MLK, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street to North MLK, Jr. Park. Following the parade, celebrate equality and the second inauguration of the nation’s first black president at an entertainment-filled party that includes food, craft and merchandise booths. Let the kids loose for games and rides at this all-day affair.
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