Fourth of July

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California State Parks and the Boosters of Old Town invite you to step back in time and celebrate an old fashioned Fourth of July at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park! This family-friendly event offers a unique opportunity to experience Independence Day as early San Diego residents did in the 1800s, with a day full of games, crafts, live music, and more.

The celebration will take place on Thursday, July 4, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free, though some activities may require an additional purchase.



Flag Raising Ceremony: Kick off the festivities with a patriotic flag raising with Scout Troop 12 in the Plaza de Las Armas.

Opening Remarks: Hear from park staff and special guests as they welcome visitors.

Live Music: Enjoy performances at three different locations within the park:

  • Plaza Stage
  • Fiesta de Reyes
  • Casa de Maria


  • Spinning/Weaving
  • Community Quilt: Contribute to a shared quilting project.
  • Blacksmith: Watch live demonstrations of blacksmithing techniques.
  • Archaeology: Learn about the historical digs and finds in Old Town.

Games for All Ages:

  • Hoop Toss
  • Coit
  • Game of Graces

Craft Activities:

  • Corn Husk Cloth Dolls: Create your own traditional dolls.
  • Morse Code Bracelets: Make and take home a personalized bracelet.

Competitive Games:

  • Watermelon Eating Contest
  • Tug of War
  • Sack Race
  • Egg Race
  • Wheelbarrow Races
  • Marble Contest

Parking Information

Additional parking is available at the CalTrans headquarters, located just two blocks from the park at 2994 Sunset Street. For more information about parking in Old Town, please visit


Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 220-5422


Thank You

“An Old Fashioned Fourth of July” is made possible by the Boosters of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The Boosters of Old Town play a crucial role in providing financial support for interpretive activities within the park. From the preservation of historic buildings and artifacts to the development of immersive museum displays, their funding efforts span a wide array of essential projects. For more information, including how to donate or become a member of Boosters of Old Town, please visit