A Fourth of July Parade
making its way from the Oceanside Train Depot on Second Street (Mission Avenue)
in about 1888
2013, the City of Oceanside will celebrate its 125th
anniversary since its incorporation on July 3, 1888. Much has happened in those
years, but much has stayed the same. Although we’ve grown from a dusty little
western town in those very early years, we still celebrate our beach life-style
and our name says it all – “Oceanside”. The pier has been a landmark since
1888 and visitors and residents alike still flock to our beautiful beaches. The
historic Mission San Luis Rey continues to be the centerpiece in the Valley,
celebrating its own 215th anniversary in 2013. The Oceanside Small Craft
Harbor will mark its
50th anniversary as well.
Don't Miss our 125th Anniversary Celebration Event on July 3rd!
Join us for the July 3rd Anniversary Fireworks Show!
Join us for our Celebrating Oceanside at 125 Gala!
Celebrate Oceanside's 125th in Style
with our Retro and Anniversary T's!
Click the above images to order your 125th T-Shirt or your 'Tan your Hide in Oceanside' T-shirt!
so much to celebrate, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce has published a
96 page 125th Anniversary commemorative magazine which includes historic
photos, a history timeline of Oceanside, as well as
family profiles and businesses who have contributed to making Oceanside the livable city
that we know and love today. We
look back at our past with affection and nostalgia, and we are optimistic and
excited about the years ahead. Pick up a copy of the magazine at the Oceanside Sunset Market, Oceanside Visitor Center or Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.
A caravan from the
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s “Booster Club” travels east on Mission Avenue
towards the intersection of Hill Street (Coast Highway) in 1913. Signs on the
cars read “Come to Oceanside” and “All Kinds of
Fun in Oceanside”.
1938 these lovely ladies posed on the Oceanside Beach for a “Fishing Derby”. It was
actually a publicity stunt and this photo was sent all over the country to bring
attention to Oceanside’s natural beauty! Pictured are Norma
Ellis, Dee, Eleanor, Bobby, Ruth, Babe, Mary, Maxine, Doris, Norma, Dot, Barb,
Jeri, Dot, Marie Frazee.
In 1963 the Oceanside Small Craft
Harbor was dedicated.
Prior to that, fishing was done off the Oceanside Pier or out on barges. Ray
McCullah, pictured on the left, was synonymous with sport fishing in Oceanside. Also in this
photo: W. L. Rainbolt and Robert “Bob” Shaffer.
Centennial in 1988 with a variety of events, Oceanside's Fourth of July Parade Float was also featured