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Contact: Yanira Martinez, 787-729-6777
Superintendent Walter J. Chavez announces that San Juan National Historic Site will host the "Centennial of Kites" on February 28, 2016 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM on the esplanade of Castillo San Felipe del Morro. "We are so pleased to host this "Centennial of Kites" with participation from each of the islands municipalities and partner organizations this year as we celebrate our Centennial" said Superintendent Chavez.
Each year, the park invites families to celebrate the long tradition of kite-flying on the esplanade with a Kite Festival. The focus of each years kite festival is to educate and provide visitors with information on recycling of kites, picking up trash and keeping the park clean while having fun. This year, to help mark the centennial of the National Park Service, the sky will be filled with the colors and excitement of 100 kites. We have invited mayors and other officials from across the island to unite and fly kites from their municipalities in excitement to be a part of an event that highlights the diverse spirit of the island and creates a dramatic visual spectacle of 100 kites in front of the historic backdrop of Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Each kite will represent one year of the National Park Service existence. All 78 municipalities of the island will be represented with a kite bearing its official crest and the centennial logo of the National Park Service. Other government agencies and non-profit organizations will be represented as well with kites of their own.
The park encourages all visitors, families and friends to come witness this special event to help celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service.
Program of Activities;
11:00 AM - Welcome and Introduction of Participants
11:30 AM - Talk
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Music by "Plena Adentro"
12:30 PM - Photo Session with each of the 100 kites
2:00 PM - Launch of 100 Kites
2:30 - Closing
Stay connected with events happening at the park during this special centennial year by visiting our webpage at www.nps.gov/saju or by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJuanNPS/. We hope you'll find ways to experience the park in brand many new ways as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary.
For more information, please call (787) 729-6777 ext. 252 or visit www.ps.gov/saju.
San Juan National Historic Site is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Fort San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo), San Juan Gate and most of the city wall of Old San Juan. El Morro and San Cristóbal are open daily 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission is $5 for adults. Children 15 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.ack�