4 Fun Memorial Day Events in Orange County

Marking the Start of Summer with Some Fun in the Sun

For the younger generation, Memorial Day is the start of their summer vacation. For their parents, it’s the promise of a three day weekend to enjoy with friends and family. The real reason behind Memorial Day is to remember all the service men and women that sacrificed their lives protecting our country. Cities around the country put together events to bring everyone out for some fun in the sun while also honoring the freedom those service men and women fought so valiantly for.

Given the close proximity to the ocean, most Orange County residents don’t need an excuse to get out of the house in the summer. However, there are some great events this Memorial Day that you should consider attending with your family or friends.

Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon

This is the perfect opportunity to get the family together for some fun and exercise all at the same time. The Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon has different levels of competition for the whole family. They have a kids run that’s only ½ mile all the way up to the 13.1 mile half marathon. The city has been putting on this event for 17 years to honor the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion. This year, the Grand Marshal will be Corporal Marcus Chischilly, an infantry veteran with multiple medals, four combat tours, and eight years of service. This event is the perfect mix of fun and remembrance for Memorial Day this year.

Newport Beach Wine Festival

It would be a good idea to leave the kids at home for this one. If you’ve got a group of adults together and are looking for a great way to spend this Memorial Day weekend, head to the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach for their annual wine festival. It starts on May 22nd and runs until May 24th. Attendees can taste some local award winning wines from more than 90 different wineries and nosh on some culinary delights presented by Executive Chef Vincent Lesage all while being entertained by live jazz music. There are plenty of fun and informative events like cooking classes that will make it worth the trip.

Asian Pacific Festival

Another Memorial Day weekend event to consider is the Asian Pacific Festival going on in Newport Beach from the 22nd to the 24th. Friday night is an EDM concert on the beach that goes until 10pm and Saturday and Sunday are filled with taiko drums, martial arts, dragon boat races, and even fashion shows. There is going to be something for all ages at this culturally rich festival on the seashore.

Santa Ana Memorial Day Carnival

What better way to spend a day off of work and school than with your kids at an old fashioned carnival? You will have all weekend to get out and enjoy the rides, games, and quintessential carnival foods that you’ve come to love over the years. There will be plenty of live entertainment and arts and crafts to keep everyone in your family happy this Memorial Day weekend!

Orange County is beautiful this time of year, or any time of the year to be honest, so make sure you get the most out of it this Memorial Day by attending some of these great events going on this weekend. Honor those that have given their lives for our freedom by celebrating with fun for the whole family.

All the Fun Without the Stress

Orange County’s best beaches and Memorial Day events are sure to draw thousands of residents and tourists ready to kick off summer, so expect there to be issues with traffic and parking. If you want to make the weekend stress-free for you and your family and friends, let a professional chauffeur handle the driving. Get dropped off and picked up in a clean and comfortable luxury sedan or SUV. CLI Worldwide Transportation is Orange County’s premier car service for those who care about their comfort and safety. Request a free quote for your Memorial Day transportation by clicking below.

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