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Multiple Days: 06/24/2016, 06/25/2016
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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 the legacy of Spanish California 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, Amigos de Anza, the Anza Trail Color Guard, the Presidio Trust, Los Soldados del Real Presidio de Santa Barbara, and many more!


Afternoon Fun for Kids
Friday, June 24, 12PM – 3PM

Early California comes to life! Enjoy music, dance, storytelling, hands-on kids' activities, and more. Afternoon music and dance by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano. 

Presidio of San Francisco Officers' Club 
50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129

Contact: Presidio Trust, 415-561-5300 

1776 Campfire with Captain Anza
Friday, June 24, 6PM to 8PM
(campfire presentation and s'mores at 7PM)

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 storytelling and 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 

San Francisco Founder's Day Ceremony
Saturday, June 25, 10:30AM to 12PM

Proud descendants of the Anza Expedition families return every June to the Presidio to recognize the amazing journey and efforts of their ancestors to colonize the northern frontier of New Spain. With soldados and the the Amigos de Anza color guard as a colorful backdrop, you are invited to witness this public commemoration, organized by Los Californianos, with support from the Presidio Trust. Listen to roll call of the men, women, and children who arrived at the Golden Gate on June 27, 1776. 

WHERE: Pershing Square, Main Post (directions)  

Los Californianos Luncheon (reservation required)
Saturday, June 25, Noon to 3PM

Annual luncheon of Los Californianos. Prepaid registration required. Visit the Los Californianos website for more information.

Presidio of San Francisco

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Hale Sargent

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Tags: San Francisco, Presidio, Spanish Colonial History, California history

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Mailing Address:

333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104


(415) 623-2343
Details listed are for the San Francisco administrative office of the Anza Trail. The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects historic, cultural, and recreation sites from Nogales, AZ, to the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal the legacy of our Spanish colonial heritage. To learn more, visit http://www.nps.gov/juba. Each site along the Anza Trail is managed independently. Contact individual sites for hours, directions, and other details.

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