Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 06/19/2014, 06/26/2014, 06/27/2014

    Location: Presidio of San Francisco Fee Information: Free
One week before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a group of 30 families from present-day Mexico arrived at the Golden Gate to establish San Francisco. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates their journey.

Each June, you can explore this early chapter of your community's history at San Francisco's birthplace -- el presidio de San Francisco

These events bring to the Bay Area our friends from all along the Anza Trail, including the Anza Ambassadors of Nogales, Los Californianos, the Amigos de Anza color guard, the Tucson Presidio, and many more!


pasados - campWalk: Before the Bridge  |  Caminata: Antes del Puente
Thursday, June 19, 2PM - 2:45PM

This short, interpretive hike along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail will share the story of the colonizing expedition that shaped San Francisco. We will walk up a slight grade from the bridge pavilion to a bridge overlook.

WHERE: Meet at the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion - south end of the bridge (directions)

Contact: Juan Bautista de Anza NHT, 415-623-2351, daniel_s_sanchez@nps.gov


pasados - anza1776 Campfire with Captain Anza
Thursday, June 26, 6:30PM to 8:30PM

The founders of San Francisco camped as they traveled 1,200 miles north from present-day Mexico. Drop by and explore a family-friendly expedition campsite. Meet 18th century soldados. Learn to play a song on the psaltério. Use a quadrant to measure latitudes. Meet Captain Juan Bautista de Anza, and enjoy s'mores by the fire. 

WHERE: Rob Hill Campground (directions)
(Note -- there is no parking at the campground. Closest parking is in the vicinity of Ralston Ave. & Greenough Ave.) 

Contact: Juan Bautista de Anza NHT, 415-623-2344, hale_sargent@nps.gov 


pasados - flagpoleSan Francisco "Birthday" Ceremony
Friday, June 27, 11AM to Noon

Descendants of the original founding families of the Anza Expedition return every June to the Presidio to recognize the amazing journey and efforts of their forefathers to colonize the northern frontier of Spain and found the Presidio of San Francisco. With the Amigos de Anza drill team as a colorful backdrop, join this public commemoration for a reading of all the families who arrived from present-day Mexico to establish the Presidio on June 27, 1776.

WHERE: Pershing Square, Main Post (directions)  

pasados - luncheonLos Californianos Luncheon (reservation required)
Friday, June 27, Noon to 3PM

Annual luncheon of Los Californianos, featuring a presentation on efforts to recognize Anza in Sonora, Mexico. $25 adult; $10 youth age 13-18. Prior to June 22, please register by mailing a check made out to Rose Marie Bauer. State the names of those reserving lunch, their age group (accompanied children under 12 are free), and choice of chicken or vegetarian. Mail to Rose Marie Bauer, 938 Gardner Ave., Ventura, CA 93004-2338.  

WHERE: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop (directions
Contact: Visit http://www.loscalifornianos.org for details. 

pasados - kidsAfternoon Fun for Kids
Friday, June 27, 12PM – 3PM

Explore the stories of Early California and see history come to life! Enjoy music, dance, Ohlone storytelling, hands-on kids' activities, living history, and Juanito the donkey. This year Ballet Folklórico Mexicano will offer dance workshops. Food available for purchase. 

WHERE: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop (directions
Contact: Presidio Trust, 415-561-5300 



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