August 22, 2016
Contact: SAJU Superintendent
SanJuan, Puerto Rico - Superintendent Walter J. Chavez announces “Anniversary Weekend”, a series of activities and programs planned for August 25th through 28th to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. “We invite you to come and join us in celebrating our Centennial with many activities planned over this weekend. The Anniversary Weekend, is one of several special events that we have hosted for our visitors over the past year to celebrate our Centennial” said Superintendent Chavez.
Anniversary Weekend at San Juan National Historic Site will kickoff on Thursday, August 25th, the official birthdate
for the National Park Service. The National Park Service was created in 1916 as the federal agency to protect and
preserve our National treasures for generations to come. National Park Sites through out the country have been celebrating all year to honor the National Park System and its 100 year anniversary.
Several activities are planned for this weekend, including ranger led programs, living history demonstrations
(musket and cannon firing), local music and dance at both Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro
and is highlighted by a special performance of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico at Castillo San Felipe
del Morro on Sunday night, August 28th. “We are especially pleased to have the symphony here on Sunday and we
invite you all to come out, bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy a wonderful concert under the stars, at the historic
San Felipe del Morro!” added Superintendent Chavez. VIP seating will be available for the symphony thanks to
the support of the “Friends of San Juan National Historic Site’. Saturday will focus on children with our “Little Masons”
program and a concert by Banda de Conceirtos Manati and Ballet Folklórico de Caguas”.
“It is a great time to visit your National Park, to celebrate our anniversary and entrance to fortifications of San Juan National Historic Site will be free all weekend” concluded Chavez.
To find out more about activities this weekend, or to get involved in other centennial events suchas our Every Kid
San Juan National Historic Site is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Fort San Juan de La Cruz (ElCañuelo), San Juan Gate, and most of the City Wall. The site is open everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to San Juan National Historic Site and its fortifications is $5 visitors 16 years or more and free for those 15 and under.