May 1-6, 2018
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.
May 1: Day of Reflection
Spearheaded by the Archdiocese and other religious leaders, the community will come together to write a communal prayer for interfaith services to be held at places of worship across San Antonio with a central candlelight service at San Fernando Cathedral. The service at San Fernando will start out commemorative week. The Mayor, County Judge, and all elected officials will be in attendance to kick off the week and set out intentions as a city for our Tricentennial year. In addition, the indigenous community will create a Healing Ceremony in conjunction with these services.
May 2: History & Education
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. Historical performers will tour schools throughout Commemorative Week, bringing San Antonio history and culture to life. Several initiatives activated with public and private schools, parochial, and home-school students throughout the academic year, will culminate with special exhibits on display at libraries, schools, college campuses and museums.
A Tree-centennial program from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department will launch this date with tree plantings at various higher education institutions. A total of 300 trees will be planted for the Tricentennial by the end of 2018. Further, the Goliad Trail Ride will be recreated beginning at Mission Espada with stops at each of the Missions and ending at Alamo Plaza.
May 3: Founders Day
Celebrate San Antonio’s shared, multinational culture and history at a Founders Ball plus five concurrent events across San Antonio. All six locations will be connected to each other via simulcast to enjoy the various speakers and performances.
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May 4: Arts for All
Arts for All celebrates the community’s distinctive culture, heritage and diversity through the arts. Museums, art venues, theatres, and more will offer a day of complimentary admission open to the public. Shows, concerts, dance and art with Tricentennial-centric programming premier on this day.
Arts for All also includes five miles of musical entertainment, health and fitness opportunities, historical facts, and tours culminating in fireworks over every Mission.
May 5: Legacy Day
On this day, we will honor the contributions of San Antonio’s Missions: Alamo, Espada, San Jose, Concepcion, and San Juan, all of which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Legacy Day also include Bexar County officials and the San Antonio River Authority dedicating the transformation of San Pedro Creek as a cultural park and unveiling a public art piece, Plethora, [created by whom?].
May 6: Military Appreciation
Join the Tricentennial Commission and the military community as they highlight the importance of all past and present military contributions to San Antonio. All branches of the military will participate in honoring the heroism of the men and women in our armed services, and how their work contributed to San Antonio’s designation as Military City, USA. As part of the day, Ft. Sam Houston will welcome the public to visit post for a day full of interactive exhibitions and performances.