Best Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day In Orange County

May 19, 2016 5:00 AM

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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.

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(credit: Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run)


Laguna Hills Memorial Day Marathon
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
24451 Health Center Dr
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com
Date: May 30, 2016

This year, Memorial Day marks the 18th annual event for the City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon event. The event, which features a 5k, and 10k marathon, will honor the U.S. Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion and is a favorite event for locals and visitors alike. Taking place in Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel, it’s definitely one even you won’t want to miss as it takes over many cities throughout O.C. Runners and walkers of all skill level and experience are invited to enjoy the activities. The half marathon (13.1 miles), the 5K run/walk (3.1 miles), the 10K run/walk (6.2 miles) and a kid’s run (1/2 mile) will be on offer and be great fun for everyone involved.

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Santa Ana Memorial Day Carnival
Centennial Park
3000 W. Edinger Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
www.festivalnet.com
Date: May 27 – 30, 2016

For three days, enjoy the Santa Ana Memorial Day Carnival at Centennial Park. As the unofficial beginning of summer, there’s no better way to get into summer mode than with a carnival on Memorial Day. 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 localbands. 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.

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(credit: David Smithson)


Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Village Green
S. Euclid St. & Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 638-0981
www.strawberryfestival.org
Date: May 27 – 30, 2016

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.

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Veterans of War Memorial Day Event
Pines Park
34941 Camino Capistrano
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
(949) 248-7696
Date: May 30, 2016

Dana Point Veterans of War will be presenting their annual Memorial Day event this year on Memorial Day. Held at Pines Park in Capistrano Beach, this special memorial for those fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice will including offering flowers to those who have served and have died in combat. A special presentation of the Marine Corps empty boots ceremony will also be held.

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San Clemente Memorial Day Event
City of San Clemente Community Center
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, California 92672
(949) 361-8264.
Date: May 30, 2016

The City of San Clemente will be honoring soldiers and those who have made a sacrifice by inviting the community to join in their annual celebration and observance to remember all fallen soldiers of war. The event will feature key note speakers from local leaders, the military, color guards dressed in authentic uniforms, as well as patriotic music, bagpipers, and a floral ceremony.

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