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We have compiled a list of Orange County Memorial Day Events that will honor those who gave their lives for us, so that we may remain “The Land of the Free.”  We have also added some fun, family events to help launch the beginning of Summer.

We tried to include every city in Orange County but came up short on a couple. If you know of an event we haven’t included, please let us know and we’ll add it.

We at My Local OC bow our heads in reverence and thankfulness to the brave men and women who died in the line of duty. And while we know this is a fun time for the entire family and friends, why not take a moment to lift up a thought or say a prayer of thanksgiving. And take another moment to teach the kids why we celebrate this day. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend.



Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the people who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. 

By the late 1860s, 5-years before the Civil War ended, Americans in various towns and cities begun holding springtime tributes to the countless fallen soldiers of the Civil War. They decorated their graves with flowers and recited prayers.

Some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemorations was organized by a group of formerly enslaved people in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865.
The Unofficial History of Memorial Day - The New York Times

Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Civil War soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor the dead on separate days until after World War I.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date General Logan selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees. The change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his now famous poem “In Flanders Fields.” His poem inspired the use of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.

How the Poppy Became a WWI Remembrance Symbol - HISTORY








Flanders Field American Cemetery & Memorial is one of eight overseas World War I cemeteries designed and administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), a federal agency created in 1923. Flanders Field, located in Waregem, West Flanders, Belgium, is the only ABMC World War I cemetery in Belgium.Flanders Field

“In Flanders Fields”
A Poem By: Colonel John McCrae

Orange County Memorial Day Events

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
 If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

And so, in remembrance, we are posting our list of Orange County Memorial Day Events. We hope you are able to find one near you, and maybe even wear a poppy as a sign of respect.
The Poppy Flower And It's Significance To Memorial Day - Avas Flowers



& Fun Family Outings

Anaheim   Memorial Day Program   May 30 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Anaheim Cemetary   1400 E. Sycamore St.   Website
Capistrano Beach
   Memorial Day Ceremony   May 30 10:00-11:00 a.m. Pines Park  34941 Camino Capistrano  Website                                          
Costa Mesa   Memorial Day Public Event  May 30   10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Newport Mesa Unified School District   2985 Bear St. Website   
Costa Mesa   Scottish Fest USA   May 28-29   OC Fair & Event Center   88 Fair Drive   Website
Fountain Valley 
Memorial Day & Flag Raising Ceremony May 30 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Veterans Park  17635 Los Alamos St.  Website
Fullerton   Memorial Day Commemeration   May 30  10 a.m.   Loma Vista Memorial Park   701 E. Bastanchury Website                                           
Garden Grove The Strawberry Festival  May 27-30 (See website for hours.)  The Village Green Between Euclid & Main  Website
Huntington Beach  Memorial Day Ceremony   May 30 11 a.m. Pier Plaza   Main St. & PCH  Website
Irvine   Memorial Day Ceremony   May 30 10 a.m.   Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park   4 Civic Center Website
Irvine   Memorial Day: Holidays in Rythm & Rhyme May 30 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Pretend City   22 Hubble Website
La Habra   Memorial Day Craft Fair   May 28 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   The Children’s Museum @ La Habra   301 S. Euclid St.   Website
La Palma  Memorial Day Ceremony May 30 9 a.m. (Closed to traffic @ 8:45 a.m.)  La Palma Civic Ctr. 7822 Walker St. Website
Laguna Beach   Memorial Day Concert   May 30 10:4 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Main Beach  Broadway and PCH   Website
Laguna Hills   Memorial Day Run & Festivities  May 30, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Laguna Hills Mall   24155 Laguna Hills Mall   Website
Laguna Hills   Memorial Day Ceremony   May 27  9:00-10:00 a.m.   New Vista School   23092 Mill Creek Dr.  Website
Laguna Niguel   Memorial Day Ceremony   May 30 12:00-1:00 p.m   .Sea Country Community & Senior Center   24602 Aliso Creek Rd.  Website
Lake Forest   Memorial Day Program   May 30  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   El Toro Memorial Park   25751 Trabuco Rd.   Website
Mission Viejo   Memorial Day Ceremony   May 30 8:30 a.m.   Kershaw Gardens   200 Civic Center Dr.   Website
Mission Viejo   Memorial Day Art Camp   May 30 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.   Shops @ Mission Viejo   555 Shops @ Mission Viejo  Website
Mission Viejo   Memorial Day Scrambler   May 30 9 a.m. Saddleback Lanes   25402 Marguerite Pkwy.   Website
Newport Beach   Wine Festival   May 27-29   Balboa Bay Resort   1221 West Coast Hwy   Website
Newport Beach   Field of Honor   May 20-30 – Memorial Day Ceremony May 30   Castaways Park   700 Dover Dr.  Website
Rancho Santa Margarita   Memorial Day Polo Tournament   May 29 12 p.m.   Orange County Polo Club   27271 Silverado Canyon Rd.   Website
San Clemente   War Time Radio Review   May 30 8:45 p.m. – Tickets necessary   Park Semper Fi1   06 N. Alameda Lane  Website
San Juan Capistrano Field of Honor May 24-30  9 a.m to 5 p.m. Memorial Day:10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Misison San Juan Capistrano  
     26801 Ortega Hwy.   Website
Santa Ana   Memorial Day Service   May 30 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Fairhaven Park   1702 Fairhaven   Website
Tustin   Memorial Day Ceremony   May 9:00 a.m   .Veterans Monument @ Veterans Sports Park   1645 Valencia Ave.  Website
Tustin   Memorial Day Pickleball Tournament   May 28-30    Pickleball Courts   School Lane & Service Road   Website
Westminster   Memorial Day Service   May 30 11 a.m.-2 p.m.   Westminster Memorial Park & Mortuary   14801 Beach Blvd.   Website
Yorba Linda   Concert   May 30 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Nixon Library   18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. Website

My Local OC Serving the Orange County Lifestyle
Penned by: Patricia A. Braun
Publisher: My Local OC

Please note:  We try very hard to ensure our information is correct, but we highly suggest you check first before
attending to make sure events are still scheduled.
We are not responsible for errors and/or ommisisons.

Patricia Braun is the Owner and Publisher of My Local OC. She has been in Marketing for over 20-years and considers it a privilege to work in an industry that is not only her area of expertise but her passion as well.

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