With its captivating beaches, world-class attractions and incredible history, San Diego is a fun place to visit any time of year. However, Memorial Day weekend holds a special place in San Diego as this city serves nearly 100,000 uniformed military men and women. Pair that with San Diego’s deeply rooted military history and you get Memorial Day celebrations that are particularly unique and memorable.
Jump aboard the USS Midway!
Families in town for the weekend will find a full schedule during the Legacy Week festivities at the USS Midway Museum. Events kick off this Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. with a Veterans’ Wreath Ceremony. The Midway’s Kids Adventure Discovery Zone delights families throughout the weekend, while Sunday’s celebrations include a “Meet The Aviators and Their Planes” event and a rousing Navy Band performance. Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony features a vintage WWII plane flyover, guest speakers, family fun and much more.
There are several ways to save on admission to the Midway’s daytime events. The Saturday Wreath Ceremony is free, and attendees also receive free admission to the Midway Museum after the ceremony. Donating blood during the Memorial Day blood drive also comes with free Midway admission.
Arguably the biggest Memorial Day event at the Midway will be Saturday evening’s patriotic rockers concert. The Annual American Freedom Festival Concert will feature classic big-name performers from Santana, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston and Steppenwolf. Proceeds benefit several military charitable organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Support Network and ReBoot Workshops. It’s a sell-out event on the flight deck of the Midway, so you’ll want to get your tickets early.
Free Memorial Weekend Activities
If you’re looking to save some money while still enjoying your weekend in San Diego, you can take advantage of plenty of free memorial events, including:
- Saturday Veteran’s Museum Memorial Service and 21-gun salute in Balboa Park
- Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony
- Memorial Day ceremony in Coronado’s Star Park features a stirring rendition of “Taps” and a group singing of “God Bless America.”
Another way to save money is by booking a room at one of the affordable Hotels near San Diego Bay in Downtown. Marina Inn is the most affordable bay front hotel, located just a block from the water and less than one mile from the USS Midway and close to all other major San Diego attractions.
With Memorial Day acting as the unofficial start to summer, you better believe San Diego is pulling out all of the party stops. This weekend you can enjoy the sounds of the San Diego Jazz Festival at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, you could take a break from fast food to enjoy the flavors of the House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair on Sunday from noon to 4 pm at Balboa Park, or head to downtown San Diego’s Petco Park for the Padres game and a special military salute.
Whether you spend the entire weekend honoring our military or relishing in all of the town’s many pleasures, Memorial Day weekend in San Diego is sure to be an unforgettable experience but a very busy one at that. Be sure to book a room at one of the top cheap hotels in Downtown San Diego today and if you make a reservation at Marina Inn & Suites, you could qualify for our early booking discount!
Marinna Inn is one of the most budget-friendly hotels near Seaport Village, Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter, putting you in a prime location to enjoy all of the Memorial Day weekend activities.
For more information on our special room rates and complimentary amenities, or to reserve a room right now, call us at 1-800-571-2933.