Memorial Day means different things to different people. To families with kids, it marks the unofficial beginning of summer and the last long weekend before the kids are out of school for a few months. Here are some of the best events for celebrating Memorial Day with your family.
Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center / Laguna Hills Mall
24451 Health Center Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Date: May 25, 2015
In Laguna Hills on Memorial Day, you have the opportunity to run a 10k or 5k half marathon through Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel at the 17th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon. Honoring the United States marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion, runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day activities. There is even a kids run which starts and finishes at the Laguna Hills Community Center. The adults half marathon, 5K and 10K both start in front of the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Medals given out at this year’s race honor the United States Marine Corps. Do something healthy with your family and run (or walk) the distance of your choice. Find out more about the event here.
Santa Ana Memorial Day Carnival
3000 W. Edinger Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Date: May 22 – 25, 2015
Memorial Day is seen by a lot of people as the unofficial beginning of summer, so there’s no better way to get into summer mode than with a carnival. Starting on Friday, the carnival goes all weekend and will give guests the chance to find everything you love about carnivals including rides, games, food and live music by local bands. It’s a great way for the whole family to have fun without spending a lot of money like you would at an amusement park.
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
S. Euclid St. & Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Date: May 22 – 25, 2015 at 10am
One of the great things about summer is that strawberries are plentiful. For more than 50 years, the city of Garden Grove has held a festival celebrating the delicious fruit. The festival is celebrated throughout the entire Memorial Day weekend and includes a parade, a 5K run and a variety of contests. Expect grand floats, bands, equestrians and characters such as Knott’s Berry Farm’s Snoopy as well! Thousands turn out every year for this grand event where you’ll also get the chance to see many film and tv celebrities who are honored in the parade. Admission to the festival is free, but there is a cost for rides.
Newport Beach Wine Festival
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA. 92663
Date: May 22 to May 24, 2015
Join in on the fun for three days at the annual Newport Beach Wine Festival which is a celebration of fine wines, spirits, and culinary delights that takes over the Balboa Bay Resort on Memorial Day weekend. To purchase tickets, please call the Balboa Bay Resort at (949) 630-4146.
Orange County Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Date: May 23 – 24, 2015
It’s always a good thing to teach kids about other nationalities and cultures. There may not be any school on Memorial Day weekend, but you can still take the opportunity to teach your kids. The Scottish Fest offers you and your family the chance to see highland games, take in lots of Scottish music and dancing and try some Scottish cuisine. Plus, if your heritage is Scottish, you can try to trace your heritage and watch the march of clans. Advance tickets are available here at a discounted price.
Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.