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Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

248th Marine Corps Ball: Major General James Livingston, Medal of Honor Date: October 28th, 2023

The Wine Country Marines Birthday Ball is a true destination ball, held annually in the beautiful barrel room of the Jacuzzi Family Winery. Notable Guests of Honor such as Generals Joseph Dunford, James Mattis, PX Kelly, Peter Pace, Richard Hearney, Anthony Zinni, and General James Conway!

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248th Marine Corps Ball: Major General James Livingston, Medal of Honor Date: October 28th, 2023
248th Marine Corps Ball: Major General James Livingston, Medal of Honor Date: October 28th, 2023

Time & Location

Oct 28, 2023, 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM PDT

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA


About the Event

Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday Ball with Wine Country Marines!

Wine Country Marines is proud to support and serve active duty service members, veterans, and their families, not just in California but also beyond. Our annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball is an extraordinary event that plays a crucial role in raising funds to aid active duty and military veterans during their times of crisis. From providing assistance with medical expenses to aiding families of wounded service members with hotel accommodations or offering relief during wildfires, Wine Country Marines is committed to being there for our fellow Marines and their loved ones when they need it most.

About the Marine Corps Birthday Ball:

The Marine Corps Birthday Ball is more than just a celebration; it is a reflection of the storied history and cherished traditions of the Marine Corps. It offers a unique opportunity to honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision the future of this legendary fighting force—the most loyal, feared, revered, and professional in the world.

The tradition of celebrating the Marine Corps' birthday on 10 November dates back to 1921 when General John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant, issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. This order not only detailed the history and mission of the Corps but also directed that it be read to all Marines annually on November 10th to commemorate the Corps' founding. What began as simple readings soon evolved into grander celebrations as Marine commands across the globe honored and marked the occasion in various ways.

In 1923, the Marine Barracks at Ft. Mifflin, Pennsylvania, organized a formal dance, while the Marines at the Washington Navy Yard held a mock battle on the parade ground. Even at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Marine baseball team took part in the celebrations, triumphing over a Cuban team with a score of 9 to 8.

The first formal Marine Corps Birthday Ball, as we recognize it today, took place in 1925 in Philadelphia. Distinguished guests, including the Commandant and the Secretary of War, attended this memorable event. Prior to the Ball, General Lejeune himself unveiled a memorial plaque at Tun Tavern, the historic birthplace of the Marine Corps, further enhancing the significance of the occasion. Since then, the Birthday Ball has evolved and grown, becoming an iconic tradition within the Marine Corps community.

Throughout the years, the Birthday Ball has taken on new dimensions, with Commandant General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. formalizing cherished ceremonies like the cake-cutting ceremony and the reading of the Commandant's birthday message to the Corps. The cake-cutting ceremony symbolizes the passing of tradition from the oldest to the youngest Marine, embodying the continuity and unity of the Marine Corps brotherhood across generations.

Join us on this momentous occasion as we gather to honor our shared history, the values that define us, and the unwavering commitment of Marines to uphold the highest standards of service, honor, and courage. Regardless of where you are stationed or deployed, the Marine Corps Birthday Ball remains an unyielding testament to the indomitable spirit of the United States Marine Corps. Let's come together and proudly exclaim, "Happy Birthday Marine!"

This event has a group. You’re welcome to join the group once you register for the event.


  • 55 minutes

    Cocktail Hour

    Jacuzzi Vineyards Courtyard

  • 50 minutes

    Ball Cermony

    Jacuzzi Vineyards Barrel Room
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  • General Ball Admission

    Experience an enchanting affair and secure your General Ball Admission Tickets now! Join us for an evening that captures the essence of elegance, tradition, and celebration as we commemorate 248 Years since the birth of our Corps. This event promises to be a highlight of the year, so don't miss out! All Guests will be coined with General Livingston's Medal of Honor Coin.

    +$5.63 service fee
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  • VIP Early Access with GoH

    Experience the ultimate VIP treatment with our exclusive VIP Cocktail Hour/Early Access ticket! For just an additional $50.00, indulge in an extraordinary evening of luxury and special privileges. Get the party started early with our VIP Cocktail Hour, where you'll be treated to an array of delectable drinks and appetizers, setting the perfect tone for the night of festivities ahead. Rub shoulders with distinguished guests and fellow VIPs as you savor this exclusive pre-event gathering.

    +$1.25 service fee
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  • Opp. Drawing - Howa Rifle

    Enter our exciting opportunity drawing and seize the chance to win big! Your ticket price serves as a valuable donation towards our causes, and in return, you get a shot at winning an incredible prize—a Howa long-range precision rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor! Winner selected at the 248th Birthday Ball! Rifle will be ordered by winner at local FFL, price will be paid for by Wine Country Marines. Rifle is California Compliant.

    +$1.25 service fee
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