Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 06/26/2015, 06/23/2015, 06/27/2015

    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 - campAnza Trail Discussion and Hike
Tuesday, June 23, 1PM - 3PM

At this Park Academy course*, Learn the story of the epic expedition that established the Presidio of San Francisco in June 1776. In addition to a showing of the film, The Anza Expedition, Hale Sargent from the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail will facilitate interactive exercises to uncover the complicated history of Spanish California. After a 1-hour program join Hale for a leisurely walk along the Anza Trail to the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion.

Please note: Park Academy classes are meant as a special perk for volunteers, members, and employees of the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy.

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


pasados - kidsAfternoon Fun for Kids
Friday, June 26, 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. 

WHERE: Presidio Officers' Club 
Contact: Presidio Trust, 415-561-5300 

pasados - anza1776 Campfire with Captain Anza
Friday, 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
Saturday, 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)
Saturday, June 27, Noon to 3PM

Details TBD
Annual luncheon of Los Californianos. Visit http://www.loscalifornianos.org for details. 



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