Happy 240th Birthday, Tucson


It’s Tucson’s 240th Birthday, tomorrow August 20, 2015. Here’s a list of the day’s celebrations in chronological order.


Start off at 9:30 a.m. (get there a bit earlier) to see the solar alignment of the bell art on the canopy above onto the description of this Discovery Day on the floor of the bridge below. Photo above courtesy of Charity Bidegain.  More info at their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/luisggutierrezbridge?fref=ts

Then get free cake at Cafe 54 Bistro, at 54 E. Pennington St. between the 11 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. (yes, twenty minutes only! so don’t be late)

Celebrate Tucson’s birthday and participate in twenty minutes of happiness by visiting Cafe 54 on August 20 between 11:00–11:20 am. Say, “Happy birthday, Tucson!” to our cashier and receive a free slice of cake. It’s that simple!

Check out http://dohappytoday.com/ for more information about this and other events in the Tucson community.

At 6 p.m. show up at the Presidio San Agustin for the usual cannon fire and refreshments, following the flag ceremony:

 “Tucson’s Birthday Celebration, at Presidio San Agustín del Tucson courtyard, 133 W. Washington St., Tucson, AZ. The Tucson Presidio was founded on August 20, 1775. The five flags that have flown over Tucson — American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate, and the State of Arizona — will be presented in a ceremony at Presidio San Agustín del Tucson courtyard to celebrate Tucson’s 240th birthday. There also will be birthday cake and refreshments, cannon fire and living history demonstrations. 

Then walk from the Presidio south to La Placita Village (110. S. Church Ave.) to see a showing at Cinema La Placita at 7:30 p.m. of 1956 movie “A Kiss before Dying” with lots of Tucson locations to recognize. $3 includes popcorn. The gripping drama will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you sample free cupcakes from Cakes for  Causes.  Part of Tucson’s birthday celebrations, in cooperation with Do Happy Today and the Downtown Tucson Partnership

Kiss Before dying


Happy Birthday once again to the Old Pueblo.


  1. Very loud cannon fire at the Presidio tonight marking the beginning of the ceremony commemorating Hugh O’Conor’s founding 240 years ago on 8/20/1775. Mayor Rothschild welcomed the crowd and also signed the proclamation, before the 7 flags that once flew over Tucson were presented: Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui, Spanish, Mexican, U.S. 28 Star, Confederate 1st National, and Arizona. The Confederate flag only flew over Tucson for a short while in 1862. We all ate birthday cake, then my husband I walked down to Cinema La Placita to enjoy cupcakes as well, before the movie showing. Happy Birthday Tucson, again. Councilmembers Richard Fimbres (ward 5) and Paul Cunningham (ward 2) were at the Presidio event.

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