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The City of San Diego and Old Town Chamber of Commerce will mark the 250th commemoration of the birth of San Diego in 2019. In 1769, the first settlement of Alta California was established, which included a mission and presidio. A main calendar of events marking significant moments throughout the history of San Diego can be found on the official San Diego 250th Anniversary website. Planned activities that commemorate events include monthly lectures, festivals like the Founders’ Day Festival, and other family friendly activities which will be held throughout the year to celebrate Old Town San Diego. 

On March 28, 2019, the San Diego Padres step up to the plate against the San Francisco Giants for the home opener of their exciting 50th season played in Petco Park in the heart of downtown. 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.

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. The park is also offering special events throughout the year starting with The LEGO® Movie™ Days on Feb. 16-18 and 23-24. Movie Days celebrate the release of The LEGO® Movie™ 2: The Second Part and are filled with fun activities for guests including photos with the cast, a scavenger hunt and a LEGO build activity inspired by the blockbuster film. An exclusive attraction will also be coming to LEGOLAND California in conjunction with the movie’s opening in February. Additionally, coming in spring, “LEGO® City 4D- Officer in Pursuit,” a new 4D short film exclusive to LEGOLAND parks debuting at the Showplace Theater, will combine dazzling 3D computer animation with 4D real-world effects.

On Dec. 9, 2018, Cross Border Xpress (CBX) celebrated its third year of service and operations for travelers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. CBX welcomed its five millionth passenger in October 2018, the first-of-its-kind pedestrian skybridge is slated to surpass previous annual passenger flow benchmarks by servicing more than two million travelers in 2018. CBX was designed to streamline international travel as the first-ever U.S. facility to connect directly into a foreign airport terminal. Designed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection, the 390-foot-long enclosed pedestrian skybridge connects a state-of-the-art passenger building in San Diego directly to the Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) and services more than 6,000 ticketed airline passengers daily.

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