100 years ago the people of California had a celebration at Balboa Park. Host of a huge party honoring the completion of the Panama Canal, the event referred to as the Panama California Exposition was San Diego’s way of bolstering the economy and increase tourism and movement to the region. San Diego was the first American port of call north of the Panama Canal on the Pacific Coast making it a significant accomplishment for the city’s future.
About the Park
Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre park in San Diego and is one of its most popular attractions. From its natural beauty to its gardens and walking paths to its museums, theaters and other recreational facilities including the infamous San Diego Zoo, this destination is easily one of the most visited in the city and for good reason. First established in 1868, this popular park was actually placed in reserve in 1835 making it one of the oldest parks in the U.S. Declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1977 it is where most visitors begin their journeys however in 2015, things are really heating up as fun events and activities honor its most significant hosted event in history the Panama California Exposition.
About the Celebration
Throughout the year events honoring this date in history will be taking place honoring and celebrating the last 100 years and looking forward to the next 100 years. The celebration is already heating up as one of San Francisco’s historic trolleys has even been dressed for the occasion. This week the trolley was unveiled and features photos honoring this celebration.
- For art lovers the San Diego Museum of Art celebrates by offering a closer look at 20th century icons from Gauguin to Warhol.
- For history lovers The Nat is celebrating with a display of its own. The Discovery of the King Tut Tomb wraps up in April of this year. Throughout the year the Veteran Museum honors history with a closer look at the Korean War and one of its last major actions.
- The WorldBeat Center celebrates with a series of music and live performances focusing on international communities. Performances will include music, events, film and emerging technologies.
- In March visitors to the San Diego Automotive Museum will enjoy a closer look at modes of transportation through history.
Additional art exhibits, musical and artistic events, festivals, tours and exhibitions help you learn more and enjoy the best features of the park, San Diego and those who came before us. To learn more visit their website here.
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