The joy and pride of San Antonio will vividly come to life during our Tricentennial Commemorative Week, May 1-6, 2018. Six solid days will be filled with educational, artistic, and entertaining events that showcase San Antonio’s unity amid diversity, and the ties that bind us all together to be one of the U.S.’s top cities.
The Day of Reflection is an opportunity for San Antonio to recognize its historic roots in sacred lands of native people, the Spanish missions which gave rise to our modern community, and the rich variety of people who came to call it home. The day will invite all of San Antonio and faith-based communities to celebrate our unity and our diversity and reflect on the direction we will set for the next 300 years.
Location: Main Plaza, in front of San Fernando Cathedral
Parking: All city-operated parking garages, parking lots and parking meters will be free from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. that evening. A full list of parking garages can be found here.
*Participating Places of Worship: San Fernando Cathedral, Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Bascilica of the Little Flower, St. Alphonsus, Holy Redeemer, Our Lady of Perptual Help (S. Grimes, San Antonio), San Francisco de la Espada, Saint Margaret Mary, Saint Jerome, Saint Gerard, Saint Benedict, Saint Cecilia, San Jose y San Miguel Mission, Christ the King, Travis Park United Methodist, St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Ann Catholic Church, Trinity Baptist Church.
Rain Plan: In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the San Fernando Cathedral on the Main Plaza. Because of limited seating in the cathedral, there will be an overflow section in Council Chamber in the Municipal Plaza Building within the City Hall Complex, next door to the cathedral. Volunteers will be on hand to help assist. Viewing of the main Day of Reflection program will begin in the Council Chamber at 7:00PM.
More information will be available the morning of May 1, 2018.
San Antonio schools will come together to celebrate the city’s 300 years of history. Educational materials will be provided to schools that will engage students through historical stories and inspire civic engagement and pride in San Antonio. All San Antonio Public Library branches will invite local schools to showcase readings, historical plays, and interacting educational events for the community. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics related activities will be occurring in the libraries as well.
We will also be hitting the road with a VIA mobile history lab that will visit area libraries and schools throughout the day. The history lab is a converted VIA bus that is filled with educational features to introduce children to the Witte’s exhibit: 300 Years of Confluence and Culture.
A Tree-centennial program from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department will launch on this day by beginning to plant 300 trees at higher education institutions. Ceremonies will be held at seven campuses for the first tree planted. Additional plantings will take place throughout the year and will be supported by volunteer events.
VIA Learning Lab Unveiling: In case of clement weather, this event would take place at the Witte, but will be moved to the podium and seats to the Feik Family Orientation Pavilion. The Learning Lab will be moved to the north on Gunn Drive to be visible from the pavilion.
Council member School Visits: All Indoors
Pre-K 4 SA/H-E-B Cake Celebration: In case of clement weather, this event will be outdoors, but under their drive-through canopy.
Tree-Centennial @ TAMU-SA/PAC: As these are scheduled to be outside, we will not have the programs in the event of rainy weather.
STEAM Activities @ Libraries: All Indoors
San Antonio will celebrate its founding through programs occurring simultaneously in all sectors of the city. Texas A&M University San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Phillip’s College and Morgan’s Wonderland will extend the celebration throughout the city by hosting fairs, speakers, and community events for people to take part in.
The Founders Day Celebrations will honor the rich art and cultural heritage of the San Antonio community, and is an opportunity to invite the community to rediscover our institutions of higher education. At the center of the celebration, a Founders Gala at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will celebrate our shared culture and honor our city’s founding mothers and fathers. The Gala will be a ticketed event with details coming soon.
San Antonio’s vibrant art community will be on full display on May 4. Arts for All day will celebrate the unique culture and heritage of our region through artistic presentations and exhibitions. Tours of public art will be available free of charge at multiple locations across the city. Several museums will be opened to the public, with free concerts and performances happening throughout the city. The day will also include the dedication of a new public art piece.
Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, in coordination with the City of San Antonio, have restored San Pedro Creek’s natural environment creating a world-class linear park. The San Pedro Creek Culture Park is flowing with renewed purpose, revitalizing the creek, restoring the ecosystem, improving water quality and safely conveying floodwaters. The park holds deep purposeful meaning as our community’s birthplace, 300 years ago. The first segment, which spans four blocks from the tunnel inlet, at IH-35 and North Santa Rosa Street to Houston Street, will open to the public on May 5, 2018 as part of Bexar County’s 300th Anniversary. The public is invited to the Grand Opening with family-friendly fun from Noon to 9 p.m., including food trucks, live music, children’s activities and historical presentations, as well as an evening illumination ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. – presented by Bexar County. For more information, go to SPCculturepark.com/grandopening.
The Tricentennial will showcase active duty military and the past and current missions of Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) – Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Camp Bullis. The military’s rich history will be highlighted and the day will raise awareness of the strategic importance of JBSA’s current missions. Fort Sam Houston will open to the public for the first time since September 11.
Weekend festivities will include the Black Daggers US Army Special Ops Command Parachute demo Team; Army Old Guard Fife & Drum; Marine Silent Drill Platoon; USAF fly overs, Air Force Band of the West; 323d Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own;” 1st Cavalry Charge Re-Enactment; Polo Match; high school drill competitions; musical performances and fireworks to end the week of Commemoration.
Location: Fort Sam Houston
Non-DOD ID holders must enter through the Harry Wurzbach Gate. Use 801 Harry Wurzbach Hwy, and continue South to the gate.
Siclovia will bring their family-friendly fitness event to the Southside with a special Tricentennial edition of the celebration. Come enjoy this special, free Síclovía event on May 6th, from 11:00AM till 3:00 PM.
Bike, run, skate – play in the street! Síclovía turns city streets into a safe and fun place for exercise and play. The free event encourages San Antonio residents to get out, get active and explore their city. The Y accomplishes this by activating parks, bringing exposure to local business and inviting other community resources to participate.
The YMCA of Greater San Antonio’s 14th Síclovía will travel from Roosevelt Park to the Harvey E. Najim Family YMCA – next to Mission Marquee Plaza.