Don’t Miss the Mormon Battalion Annual Commemoration

The Annual Mormon Battalion Parade & Community event is taking place on Saturday, January 28, 2023 in Old Town San Diego, and it’s an event you won’t want to miss. This meaningful event commemorates the Mormon Battalion, a group of approximately 500 men who served in the United States Army during the Mexican-American War in the mid-1800s. The Battalion’s participation in the war played a significant role in the expansion of the western United States. The event is made possible by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who seeks to honor and remember the sacrifices and contributions of the Mormon Battalion.

Attendees have the option to make a weekend out of it, as Old Town San Diego offers ten hotels to choose from, catering to different budgets. The parade will feature a historic reenactment of the battalion’s arrival in San Diego and other entertainment, and will culminate in a community event with a Dutch oven cook-off, games, and activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.

Free parking is available at the State Historic Park and an overflow parking is available across Taylor Street at CalTrans. This will make it easy for you to attend the event without worrying about parking. For those who prefer to take public transportation, the San Diego Trolley also stops near the event location, providing an easy and convenient option.

After the event, attendees can take a stroll around Old Town San Diego, where they can find a variety of fine dining options and shopping experiences. The area offers a unique selection of Mexican-inspired art and crafts, souvenirs, and much more. Many of the restaurants in the area feature authentic Mexican cuisine and are housed in charming historic buildings that add to the overall atmosphere of the area.

The Annual Mormon Battalion Parade & Community event is a meaningful and fun-filled event that should not be missed. It offers something for everyone with a parade, community event, and activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public, and there are convenient parking and public transportation options available. Visitors can also take the opportunity to enjoy Old Town San Diego’s fine dining, shopping and the ten hotels available in the area. Gather your family and friends, and make plans to attend on Saturday, January 28. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

Hours – 10:00am-3:00pm


  • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park – 4098 Mason St
  • Mormon Battalion Historic Site – 2510 Juan Street

Phone – (619) 296-3317