City of San Clemente's 90th Anniversary Celebration

San Clemente will celebrate the "San Clemente Day" this February 28th! The day will commemorate the incorporation of Orange County’s southernmost beach town as a municipality on Feb. 28, 1928.

  • When: 02/24/2018 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Where: Pier, Beach Club, and Historical Sites

Downtown history tours via trolley, a children’s fishing derby on the pier, historic lifeguard exhibits at Marine Safety Headquarters, synchronized swimming demos at the Ole Hanson Beach Club, a Roaring ’20s costume contest, food and birthday cake will highlight a Feb. 24 daylong celebration of San Clemente’s 90th anniversary of incorporation.

Land developer Ole Hanson founded San Clemente as a beach town he called “the Spanish Village” in 1925. Three years later, on Feb. 28, 1928, the town incorporated as a city. The City Council has declared the last Saturday of February each year to be “San Clemente Day” in commemoration.

To celebrate the local government turning 90, here’s a lineup of Feb. 24 events:

  • Fishing derby: Free, at 8 a.m., will be run by the Fish for Life nonprofit in partnership with the city and Pier Grill, at the end of the pier, open to ages 6 to 15 years. Open to the first 90 who sign up in advance.
  • Trolley tours: Two trolleys will operate, with tour guides narrating colorful stories along a route between the Ole Hanson Beach Club and the pier, with historic sites depicted on a San Clemente Day map created by local artist Ruth Yuhas. Trolleys running from noon to 4 p.m. and riders can board at either the Ole Hanson Beach Club or the pier.
  • Pool festivities: From noon to 3 p.m., the Ole Hanson Beach Club will offer free recreational swimming and pool deck games together with demos of synchronized swimming, a historical society exhibit, music, a $25 chicken lunch featuring Ole and Nellie Hanson impersonators, a costume contest, a food truck and a horse derby on the grass.
  • Birthday cake: At 3 p.m., Ole Hanson Beach Club, the city offers free cake and ice cream at an ice cream social, the ice cream sponsored by Baskin-Robbins. Attendees invited to stay and watch the sunset.
  • For lunch tickets, fishing derby reservations or details call the recreation staff at 949-429-8797.

On Feb. 28, the actual date of incorporation, the Municipal Golf Course will offer San Clemente residents a $3 green fee, 90 percent off normal. Call the course at 949-361-8384 for a reservation.

Information gather from OCRegister's article on February 7, 2018 by Fred Swegles.

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