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Known as the “Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum that features permanent exhibits with original artifacts as well as traveling and temporary exhibits. Orange County’s only Mission, the site is home to Serra Chapel, The Ruins of the Great Stone Church and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing and promotes faith, education, preservation and cultural event programming. Founded on November 1, 1776, by Saint Junípero Serra as the seventh of twenty-one California missions established by Spain, Mission San Juan Capistrano is owned by the Diocese of Orange and receives no church or state funding. The Mission Preservation Foundation, comprised of business and community leaders, is its fundraising entity committed to ensuring education, preservation and its long-term historic and religious significance. Learn more.

Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, close to the freeway and airport and walking distance from the train depot.


Press Releases

April 17, 2024
Mission San Juan Capistrano to Host Homefront America Field of Honor® Featuring over 450 American Flags

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (April 17, 2024) – Mission San Juan Capistrano is proud to continue its special partnership with Homefront America in hosting the 2024 Field of Honor® recognizing military heroes, veterans and first responders. The installation of over 450 American flags will be in place at the Mission from Tuesday, May 21 through Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 with a ceremony on Tuesday, May 21 at noon.

Field of Honor® transforms the Mission’s central Courtyard with a beautiful display of more than 450 community-sponsored, seven-foot-tall American flags each honoring the service and heroism of a specific military member, veteran, first responder, K-9 or equestrian hero. Flag sponsorships begin at $50 per flag with all proceeds benefiting Homefront America’s charitable programs for military families.

“We are profoundly grateful to continue our partnership with Mission San Juan Capistrano to bring this extraordinary display of patriotism to the community. This beautiful historic landmark pays respect to those who sacrificed so much for our cherished freedoms,” says Homefront America, Inc. Founder and President Mamie Yong Maywhort.

Field of Honor® takes place during Mission San Juan’s normal operating hours and regular admission pricing will be in effect. In honor of this special event, the Mission will be open on Memorial Day, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Mission San Juan is the perfect venue to celebrate the enduring sacrifices made by so many. We believe the setting upholds the beauty of the American hero in a way no other can match,” said Mission San Juan Capistrano Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams.

For advanced tickets, pricing, membership details and hours of operation, visit www.missionsjc.org. Active-duty service members receive free admission and a special grant funding by the Casey Family Foundation will allow for free admission for up to 150 members of military families throughout the exhibit.

For flag sponsorships or more information about Homefront America and Field of Honor®, visit www.homefrontamerica.org.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is located at 26801 Old Mission Road in San Juan Capistrano.

About Mission San Juan Capistrano
Known as the “Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum that features exhibits, five-language audio tour, festivals and public programming. As Orange County’s only mission, the site is home to Serra Chapel, the Ruins of The Great Stone Church (circa 1796) and original padres’ quarters.

Founded on November 1, 1776, by Saint Junipero Serra as the seventh of 21 California missions established by Spain, Mission San Juan Capistrano is owned by the Diocese of Orange and receives no church or state funding. The Mission Preservation Foundation, comprised of business and community leaders, is its fundraising entity committed to ensuring education, preservation and its long-term historic and religious significance.

About Homefront America
Homefront America was founded in 2005 by Mamie Yong Maywhort and the late Arthur Hasselbrink (1926-2019). Its mission is to honor those who willingly defend our freedoms and to serve their families with quality, caring and meaningful programs that nurture and enrich their social, emotional, and physical well-being. The 501(c)(3) all-volunteer military outreach and support organization is based in San Juan Capistrano. The Field of Honor® program is licensed by the Colonial Flag Foundation.


Archives

April 17, 2024
Mission San Juan Capistrano to Host Homefront America Field of Honor® Featuring over 450 American Flags

February 15, 2024
Mission San Juan Capistrano to Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day & Return of the Swallows on March 19

November 15, 2023
Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Capistrano Lights: Mission in Lights Opens December 3 with Theme Bigger ~ Better ~ Brighter!

September 29, 2023
Romance of the Mission Gala Honors the Walker Family/Farmers & Merchants Bank Raising Nearly $280K for Preservation and Education

July 24, 2023
Mission San Juan Capistrano Announces New Student Education Program and Audio Tour

June 23, 2023
Mambo, Salsa & Theatre Under the Stars at South Coast Repertory’s Outside SCR Production of La Havana Madrid at Mission San Juan Capistrano

April 26, 2023
Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Romance of the Mission Gala to Honor Farmers & Merchants Bank and the Walker Family

February 21, 2023
Mission San Juan Capistrano Announces St. Joseph’s Day and Return of the Swallows Celebration on March 19

February 1, 2023
Mission San Juan to Offer Exclusive VIP Guided Tours

December 12, 2022
Mission San Juan Welcomes Trevor Baird and Seth Teigen as Newest Mission Preservation Foundation Board Members

November 11, 2022
Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Annual Capistrano Lights Opens December 3 with New Holiday Traditions

September 21, 2022
Mission Preservation Foundation’s Stunning Benefit Gala Raises $772K While Celebrating Honorees Joan and Bill Cvengros

June 22, 2022
Outside SCR Returns to Mission San Juan Capistrano with South Coast Repertory’s Production of Million Dollar Quartet July 30-Aug. 21

March 17, 2022
Mission San Juan Capistrano Welcomes Darren O. Aitken to the Mission Preservation Foundation Board

February 2, 2022
Mission San Juan Capistrano Return of the Swallows Celebration

October 25, 2021
Mission San Juan Capistrano Announces ‘Capistrano Lights Returns’ Holiday Festivities

September 20, 2021
Mission Celebrates its Open Doors at Benefit Gala Honoring Connie and Dr. Peter Spenuzza

August 6, 2021
‘Finding Inspiration: The Gardens at Mission San Juan Capistrano’ Honors the Late Madeline Martin Swinden and Inspires New Audio Tour

April 20, 2021
Mission San Juan Capistrano to Host Homefront America’s ‘Field of Honor®’ Flag Display During Memorial Day Weekend

March 9, 2021
Celebrate St. Joseph Day and Return of the Swallows with Mission San Juan Capistrano Virtually or In-Person

January 28, 2021
Historic California Landmark Mission San Juan Capistrano and Gardens Announces Reopening


Media Contact

For media inquiries, including a press kit, press photos or media trip requests, please contact: 
Kristin Bolda, Marketing Brand Director
kbolda@missionsjc.com
(949) 234-1313
For general photography bookings, please book here.

If you are an influencer and are interested in attending an influencer event, please contact:
Kristin Bolda, Marketing Brand Director
kbolda@missionsjc.com
(949) 234-1313

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Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Closed for Annual Gala on September 13, 2024.
Closed early on Good Friday.
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