To celebrate Tucson’s birthday, start off at the Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge (formerly the Cushing Street bridge) west of the I-10 at 9:30 a.m. to watch a solar alignment of the overhead canopy cut- out design (see photo below) onto the bridge’s floor. The Discovery Date marks the Birthday of the Tucson Presidio, San Augustin del Tucson.
This is what is written on the bridge for this Discovery Date:
“The Walled Presidio San Agustin de Tucson, was founded by Hugo O’Connor (sic) on August 20, 1775 as a Spanish outpost. This date is historically celebrated as Tucson’s Birthday. Named after the O’odham village of “Chuck-son”, meaning “Village of the dark spring at the foot of the mountains.” Image from a 1850 woodcut by James Bell. (Dicovery Date and time: August 20, 9:30 a.m.)”
More info on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/luisggutierrezbridge
Then later at 5:30 p.m. check out the Tucson Presidio itself at the SW corner of Church and Washington in downtown for their annual celebration.
Enjoy cake and refreshments, the annual flag ceremony and music to celebrate Tucson’s birthday. From City of Tucson press release:
The five flags that have flown over Tucson – American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate, and the State of Arizona – will be presented in a
ceremony to celebrate Tucson’s 239th birthday. The Tohono O’odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe flags also will be presented, as will a
replica of the 28-star American flag that was brought by the Mormon Battalion and flown over Tucson on December 16, 1846.
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. – Music by Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Presentation of Flags, Proclamations and
reading Hugo O’Conor letter
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Serving Birthday Cake
Place: Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Courtyard (SW corner of Church
Avenue and Washington Street)
The ceremony will include an invocation, signing of a joint proclamation by distinguished guests, reading Hugo O’Conor’s letter designating Tucson as the site of a new presidio, the honor guard presentation and music. The flags will then be retired to close the ceremony. Those attending are encouraged to dress in “period” costumes and sample a piece of the Tucson’s birthday cake. Tucson’s birthday celebration was begun by the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission in 1975 and continues today. The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson location is the interpretive center on the site of Tucson’s original adobe-walled presidio.
For information, call Marty McCune, Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission, at 437-5355. For questions on ADA accommodations and
accessibility for this event, call Sandra Fata or Alma Murrieta, City Clerk’s Office, at 791-4213.