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Old Town San Diego 4th of July

July 4, 2022
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4002 Wallace St.
San Diego, CA 92110

Jump Back in Time by visiting Old Town San Diego's State Historic Park. According to BOOT (Boosters of Old Town) "no special Fourth of July event is planned for Old Town in 2022. Families will still enjoy visiting the park this summer. Information about open museum exhibits and living history events will be available at the visitor center each day. Plan to spend a funday in Old Town this summer!"

New Historic Clothing Display in the Colorado House

The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Period Attire program has launched a new display that highlights the cultural diversity in the history of the park using one of culture's best mediums -fashion! The new display in the windows of the Colorado House will rotate regularly to align with the themes of the 2022 California State Park's Culture and Heritage Calendar. The display launched in June, for instance, displayed clothes that would have been worn by stagecoach drivers such as the renowned Charley Parkhurst, which upon their death it was discovered Parkhurst was born a woman.

July: American Independence Day display

August: Women's Equality Day with a display featuring the Bloomer Costume made popular by women's rights activist and writer Amelia Bloomer 

Past event:

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with live music, followed by patriotic speeches and flag raising ceremony. One of the highlights of the day is the annual Fourth of July parade around the plaza.

Following the parade, the Old Town Historic Dance Society presents a dance where visitors are encouraged to kick up their heels and join in.

The afternoon concludes with an all-American pie-eating contest. Guests of all ages are encouraged to join in all the festivities. Visitors will gain an appreciation of early San Diego life through living history activities, demonstrations, crafts, music, dance, and song. This celebration has become a memorable tradition for many families in San Diego year after year.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, with the support of the Boosters of Old Town, the County of San Diego, Wells Fargo, and Fiesta de Reyes is proud to offer these free activities for adults, and children of all ages.

The park is located on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in San Diego,  next to the Old Town Transit Center, with Coaster, Trolley, and MTS bus service. Free parking is available at the CalTrans headquarters, just two blocks from the park at 2994 Sunset Street. 

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