On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will bring the business community and area residents together to provide a day of recognition to all active-duty military stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Joseph H. Pendleton and nearby military bases.
Thousands of active duty military and their family members are treated to a day of free food, carnival rides and entertainment at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre.
The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. The day consists of a host of activities: including a great children's fun zone with carnival rides, inflatable jumps, rock climbing wall, kid's crafts and face painting. The children's area will also have characters like Baby Shamu and the Padres Pad Squad for kids to meet and take pictures.
Live entertainment will be featured at the amphitheater all day long. At the 2013 event, Liquid Blue Band, the world's most traveled band, played most of the afternoon.
Local restaurants serving our 2013 attendees included Hunter Steakhouse, Famous Dave's, Hooters and Domino's Pizza.
The beach will be loaded with military land and amphibious displays, including the LCAC, for people to explore and learn about. The EOD team will be on hand to demonstrate their latest equipment and answer questions.
All Active Duty Military and their dependents must bring an Active Duty Military ID Card to get unlimited rides, activities, and a free lunch.
This event is open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase for children's rides. Entertainment and military displays are free to everyone.
If you would like to volunteer at this event, please fill out a volunteer form and fax it to Kristi at the Oceanside Chamber, 760-722-8336.
Volunteer Registration Form
Whether you are a civilian who wants to show your gratitude and enjoy a day of fun, or a member of the military family, this is a day for you: Show your appreciation or to be appreciated!
The Chamber is pleased to partner with Military Guides USA to produce the official Armed Forces Day Operation Appreciation Guide.
See more great photos from last year's Operation Appreciation event on the Chamber's Facebook Page. Follow us on Facebook to get updates on community events, and more.
Presenting "General" Sponsors
Sergeant Major Sponsors
Fun Zone Sponsors