One of San Diego’s oldest cities, Oceanside, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and will mark the occasion with a number of fun events for visitors and locals. With the official anniversary date on July 3, 2013, the schedule of events will take place primarily over the 4th of July week and include concerts, a parade, a street market and fireworks. Throughout the year, a special booth showcasing the city’s colorful history in photos will be on display at Oceanside’s weekly daytime and sunset street market.
“Oceanside has such a rich, interesting history as a seaside getaway, a celebrity escape and a gateway between Los Angeles and San Diego,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Our goal is to have both visitors and locals share in the celebration of this milestone and gain a deeper appreciation for Oceanside’s place in San Diego’s history.”
Experience the Rich History of Oceanside California!
Self Guided History Tour!Celebrate Oceanside's 125 Year Anniversary by exploring Downtown Oceanside on foot with the Self Guided History Tour! The downloadable guide provided by the Oceanside Historical Society is filled with interesting facts on 18 different points of interest for you visit. Download your pdf map here: Oceanside History Tour
Downtown History Walk!Celebrate Oceanside's 125 Year Anniversary by exploring Downtown Oceanside on foot with Oceanside native and 101 historian John Daley! The walks are on the second Saturday of each month during the summer, starting at 9:00 a.m at the Oceanside Civic Center Fountain at Coast Highway and Pier View Way. Get more information here: Downtown History Walk
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Join us for activities and events celebrating Oceanside's 125 Years!
The Oceanside Historical Society features Downtown History Walks on the second Saturday of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m during the summer.
Your tour guide will be Oceanside native and 101 historian John Daley.
The walks begin at the Oceanside Civic Center Fountain at the corner of Coast Highway and Pier View Way.
Walks take participants to historic homes, churches, and banks, three Irving J. Gill buildings, the famed “Top Gun” house, the Oceanside Pier and bandshell and variety of other sites.
Along your walk look for the “O.U. Miracle” on the sidewalks and curbs, there’s a great story behind them, so ask your tour guide.
Walks are free and open to everyone and are pleasantly paced so folks of all ages can participate. The tour takes about 2 hours.
Click to read a blog about the Downtown Oceanside Historical Walk.