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2015 Orange County Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is an important time to remember and recognize those who have died in military service for the United States of America. As part of that remembrance, Americans across the country celebrate with services, festivals, runs and other events. Take time during this three-day holiday weekend to enjoy the many events that honor our heroes, freedom, and diverse cultures and resources across Orange County.


Orange County Memorial Day Services
May 25
Anaheim Cemetery 11:00 a.m.
1400 E. Sycamore Street
Anaheim, CA 92805

El Toro Memorial Park 11:00 a.m.
25751 Trabuco Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Santa Ana Cemetery, 10:00 a.m.
1919 E. Santa Clara Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
949-951-9102, extension 10

The Orange County Cemetery District will host Memorial Day Services honoring veterans at all three of the District’s cemeteries; Anaheim Cemetery, El Toro Memorial Park and Santa Ana Cemetery. All services are open to the public and attendance is free. Services will be held rain or shine. Seating may be limited, so bring a blanket or chair.

Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run
May 25
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center/Laguna Hills Mall
24451 Health Center Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

In Laguna Hills on Memorial Day, the 17th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon will be held to honor the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion. Participants of all experience levels are invited to support the Memorial Day activities. The designated kids run will start and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center. The adult half marathon, 5K and 10K both start in front of the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Medals distributed at this year’s race honor the United States Marine Corps.

Santa Ana Memorial Day Carnival
May 22-25
Centennial Park
3000 W. Edinger Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704

This ole’ fashion four-day carnival extravaganza running May 22 – 25, 2015 includes rides, games, food and live music by local bands. Expected attendance of 30,000 people. It’s way better than an amusement park without spending a ton of money. Tickets just $1 each.

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
May 22-25
Village Green
S. Euclid Street and Main Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840

What’s better than strawberries, Snoopy and a parade? For more than 50 years the city of Garden Grove has held a festival to honor this delectable fruit. Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with a parade, 5K run and other fun activities. Don’t miss the grand floats, live bands, equestrians and Knott’s Berry Farm characters. Admission to the festival is free. Nominal cost for rides. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Newport Beach Wine Festival
May 22–May 24
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Newport Beach Wine Festival is a three-day celebration of fine wines, spirits, and culinary delights, cooking and blending interactive classes. Call the Balboa Bay Resort for tickets.

Scottish Fest
May 23–24
Orange County Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

This two-day long Scottish Fest offers families a chance to experience the Scottish culture with a variety of highland games, music, dancing and Scottish cuisine. For those of Scottish heritage, you’ll have a chance to learn more about your family background, and watch the well-known march of clans. Advance tickets are available online at a discounted price. Tickets at the gate range from $3-24 depending on the age and number of days attending.

Asian Pacific Festival
May 22-24
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

The Asian Pacific Festival By the Sea offers a virtual trip to many Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, Thailand, Korea, India, Philippines, Japan and more. With the theme “Imagine, Dream, Succeed,” attendees will enjoy a variety of cultural exhibits, art walk, folk dances, fashion shows, entertainment, martial arts, food challenges, spirit garden and amazing cuisine from all across the Asian Pacific. Event hours: Friday 4:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.






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