This summer the San Diego Padres play their exciting 50th season. On April 8, 1969, the Padres made their major league debut with a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros in front of 23,370 fans at San Diego Stadium. At Petco Park today, Padres fans enjoy one of the nation’s top ballparks combining the best sight lines in baseball, magnificent architecture, a dazzling array of food and drink venues and breathtaking views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline. (1/19)
The year 2019 marks the 250th commemoration of the founding of San Diego and California. Today, San Diego is the 8th largest city in the nation known for its beautiful beaches, active lifestyle and diverse, vibrant communities. The area was home to the Kumeyaay Nation and their ancestors for tens of thousands of years and they continue to be part of the region’s cultural fabric. The first Europeans to arrive on the West Coast sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542 and named the land Alta California. This became the starting point for an exploratory expedition northward. Early settlers relied on the help of the Kumeyaay, and much of the exploration of California occurred over native trails. The San Diego we know today began on July 16, 1769, with the dedication of Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of 21 California missions. This first mission was established near the ancient Kumeyaay village of Kosa’aay (Cosoy), known today as Old Town San Diego. Special events to celebrate the anniversary are held in May, July and September. (10/18 updated 4/19)
In 2019, LEGOLAND® California Resort celebrates its 20th anniversary in San Diego’s North County. The theme park is giving children aged 12 and under a free admission on their birthday in celebration of LEGOLAND’s 20th birthday
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