Military personnel watch the aerial performances from the USS Midway Museum.
The USS Midway Museum, which hosts Legacy Week as part of Memorial Day 2019. Photo by Chris Stone

We’ve almost crossed over, folks – summer! Sure, it’s not official until June 21, but mentally, we all need the extra three weeks, right? Have faith, the rain will go away.

This Memorial Day weekend, we have a very strong sign of summer – a kickoff to the outdoor-film season, along with new exhibits and festivals at a couple of the region’s top attractions. Most of all, we’ll have a chance to pay tribute to those who have served honorably and in so doing, paid the ultimate price.

The USS Midway Museum has a full slate of weekend activities to honor those lost in our nation’s conflicts, from live music to taking part in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. Monday. Legacy Week includes Friday’s 6:30 p.m. Freedom Concert, featuring Daughtry (of “American Idol” fame), a Wreath Ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, and a weekend-long blood drive, mobile story station and kids’ zone.

San Diego County hosts the opening film screening of “Summer Movies in the Park” with “Incredibles 2” at the Waterfront Park at 6 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, in Julian, “A Bug’s Life” will be featured at Agua Caliente County Park, while Ramona residents can see “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” at Dos Picos County Park. Both Saturday screenings start at 7 p.m.

Summer Movies in the Park. Photo credit: countynewscenter.com

The outdoor screenings will take place throughout San Diego and the region during the summer.

The Festival of the Sea, hosted by the Maritime Museum, opens Saturday and continues through Monday, and will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the “beginning of modern-day San Diego.” General admission costs $18, with discounts for military, seniors, students and children.

Two San Diego stalwarts celebrate summer with new attractions. “Seadragons and Seahorses” has opened at the Birch Aquarium. The exhibit explains the work of the aquarium in preserving the creatures, especially as they face increasing threats. Summer Safari at San Diego Safari Park in Escondido begins  Saturday, with the park staying open later, and featuring live music and other goodies. It continues through Sept. 1.

Finally, Santee and Vista keep things close to home for the holiday weekend.

A leafy seadragon. Photo credit: aquarium.ucsd.edu

Santee’s Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, featuring art, entertainment and fare from local breweries, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Town Center Parkway and Riverview Parkway. The Vista Strawberry Festival, featuring live music, rides and pie-eating and costume contests,  starts at 8 a.m. Sunday on Main Street off Hanes Place.

Staff reports

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