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The Best Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in San Diego: SanDiego.com Names the Top Activities for Memorial Day 2013

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t’s hard to believe Memorial Day 2013 is just around the corner, and San Diego is an ideal location to celebrate the holiday. Not only does America’s Finest City boast amazing weather, sandy beaches and tons of fascinating attractions, the area also has a significant military presence. This makes San Diego a great place to celebrate the real meaning behind the holiday. Sandiego.com has found the top ways to salute those who fought for the U.S., a unique twist on a traditional Memorial Day barbeque and all the other fun things to do in San Diego on May 27, 2013. 

Legacy Week:

  • Memorial Day isn’t just all about barbeques, beach parties and the start of summer. San Diego has a strong military presence, and what better way to demonstrate appreciation for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for America than by attending San Diego Legacy Week 2013? Taking place all weekend long, this San Diego event consists of many inspiring tributes to those who serve, starting with the Veteran’s Wreath Ceremony on Saturday morning, a moving ceremony that takes place on the U.S.S. Midway. Catch the U.S. Navy Band live in concert on Sunday afternoon, and kids will love the Adventure Discovery Zone - which is the aircraft carrier transformed into a giant collection of interactive exhibits with military equipment, restoration projects and more. The event concludes with a Memorial Day Ceremony on the flight deck, a remembrance of and salute to fallen heroes.

Hornblower Memorial Day Cruise:

  • For a fun twist on a Memorial Day’s BBQ that includes some major San Diego sightseeing, hop on board the Memorial Day Lunch Cruise with Hornblower Cruises and Events! Take in the gorgeous skyline while sipping on a glass of champagne or beer on this luxurious San Diego cruise. Look forward to a full brunch buffet of delicious BBQ food to get guests in the mood for summer, with tasty baby back ribs, corn chowder and other scrumptious options. Kick back and relax at a private table, or get up and dance to the music provided by the on-deck DJ. Head on up to the skydeck for a narrated tour of the San Diego attractions and landmarks that are visible from the stunning vantage point of the San Diego Bay. Perfect for families or as a romantic afternoon with that special someone, this is a fantastic San Diego Memorial Day activity.

Other Fun Things to Do:

  • There are tons of great outdoor activities in San Diego to celebrate the start to summer. Kayaking is a wonderful idea. San Diego Bike and Kayak offers a one of a kind two-hour tour of the La Jolla Underwater Park, with exploration of mysterious caves and an up close look at seals and sea lions. They also provide San Diego bike tours of the scenic La Jolla area, including the popular La Jolla Freefall, which starts at iconic San Diego landmark Mount Soledad, and continues on through Pacific Beach - the entire three-hour ride is filled with spectacular views. Flocking to the beach on Memorial Day in San Diego is basically a prerequisite, and even though the shores of Torrey Pines, Coronado Beach and La Cove will be crowded, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without it. Try surfing for the first time with an experienced instructor at one of these locations to round out a memorable holiday weekend.

Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend: it is also an important remembrance of those who’ve served our country, the unofficial kickoff of summer and a great way to spend time with friends and loved ones. San Diego is an ideal location to do all of those things, so head to America’s Finest City for Memorial Day 2013!