Note: This festival, sponsored by friends and partner organizations in Santa Cruz County, AZ, is one of the Anza Trail's most important annual events. Anza Days commemorates the send-off of the 1775-76 Anza Expedition. It is bookended by events at the Presidio of San Francisco in late June, commemorating the expedition families' arrival to San Francisco.
Anza Days Celebration
Saturday, October 19, 2013
9AM: Historic re-enactors mount up at the Fiesta Grounds north of the Tumacácori National Historical Park and will be available for photographs. Armed with a shield, leather armor and 9 foot lances, the soldiers on horseback will practice their skills on the grounds.
10AM: Historic mass at Tumacácori National Historical Park (free admission for the mass)
10:45AM: Riders depart Tumacácori after receiving a blessing of the expedition
12PM – 4PM: Family-friendly activities at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Tubac Village (free admission to park; activities include living history presentations, folklorico dancing, mariachi, and food vendors)
Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona
Tubac Chamber of Commerce
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum
On October 23, 1775, Juan Bautista de Anza and a group of more than 240 soldiers, women, and children left the Tubac Presidio and embarked on a 1200-mile trek to the West Coast. Their mission was to build a presidio, or fort, to secure and protect New Spain's struggling missionary settlements. The fort established by these settlers would become the city of San Francisco. The village of Tubac, which grew around the Spanish presidio built in 1752, is Arizona's first European settlement.
For more information call the Tubac Chamber of Commerce, 520-398-2704 or Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 520-398-2252 or visit http://www.tubacaz.com