Military, Veteran & First Responder Appreciation Day


Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Join us for a day full of fun for the whole family in honor of our Military, Veteran & First Responder personnel, complete with special exhibits, interactive activities and entertainment.  Guests will enjoy a Dinner 911 Cooking Challenge at Save Mart California’s Kitchen, while representatives from military and first responder organizations will provide valuable resources and special displays.

Military, Veteran & First Responder Appreciation Day focuses on paying gratitude and celebrating the individuals and organizations that keep our country and communities safe.

For a day revolved around immense appreciation, we invite active duty, reserve and veteran personnel from all branches of the military as well as active members of law enforcement, firefighters and first responder units to enjoy FREE Fair admission. Active duty military spouses and dependents are also included in FREE admission on this special day.

Request your free tickets through Veteran Tickets Foundation at or First Tickets at You must create a new or use an existing account.

Alternatively, veteran, military personnel and first responders may present valid military ID, proof of service, or ID showing active first responder status at the California State Fair Admission Gates.

Schedule of Events Coming Soon

Please be a part of this special day!


POLICY: One of the fundamental responsibilities of the California Exposition & State Fair (Cal Expo) is to protect the public. In 1998, Cal Expo implemented a policy requiring that all persons conducting business with, employed by, or volunteering at Cal Expo shall provide the necessary personal information to enable their names to be searched through the Department of Justice’s Megan’s Law files. This file consists of records of individuals convicted of specific sex offenses who are required by Penal Code Section 290 to register as sex offenders.

This form must be completed legibly, with all information requested, or it will not be accepted. Typewritten forms may be substituted but must contain the same information in the columnar form and be attached to this form and including names of the person/company, on each page. Submit the information promptly to the Cal Expo Personnel Office prior to the event.

**sworn officers and active military are exempt from the process.**

Download a  Megan’s Law form below, fill it out, and upload it with your application.

Megan's Law Single Applicant Megan's Law Multiple Applicants

Here are more opportunities to participate in the fun!

  • Dinner 911 Cooking Challenge
  • Professional Chef Challenge
  • California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge
  • Postal Service Cooking Challenge
Cooking Challenge Details

Thank you for your interest in performing at the California State Fair Military, Veteran and First Responder Appreciation Day.

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