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
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.
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 and curated explorations of neighborhood art will take place in several communities. Several museums will be opened to the public, with free concerts and performances happening throughout the city. The day will also include dedications for several art pieces.
To honor the contributions of the missions in San Antonio, Bexar County will convene a variety of nonprofits to host festivals at three sites. The celebration of the missions will culminate with an extraordinary fireworks display over the mission reach.
Bexar County will dedicate the first phase of the San Pedro Creek’s transformation into a linear park that will reflect its importance to San Antonio history, improve the Creek’s function in flood control, revitalize the natural Creek habitat and water quality, and catalyze economic development in the surrounding area. This dedication will include family activities, Creek mural unveilings, and entertainment and music for the whole family to enjoy.
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.
Saturday, May 5 & 6, 2018
Location: Fort Sam Houston
Saturday: 1 PM – 10 PM
Sunday: 9 AM – 10 PM