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Tricentennial Commemorative Week

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Sunday, May 6, 2018

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Overview

A year of festivities and celebrations will culminate in a week of commemorative events, topping off San Antonio’s 300th year. The joy and pride of the city will be harnessed into a week filled with distinctive events, unlike any the city has ever known, to showcase the collective essence of San Antonio.

  • May 1: Day of Reflection will engage all faith-based communities and set the tone for commemorative week and the next 300 years with a community candlelight vigil and sunset services, emanating from the heart of San Antonio’s historic Main Plaza. 
  • May 2: History & Education 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 will launch this date with plantings of 300 trees at various higher education institutions. 
  • May 3: Founders Day will celebrate San Antonio’s shared, multinational culture by focusing on founding mothers and fathers for the Founders Gala. 
  • May 4: Arts for All celebrates this community’s distinctive culture, heritage and diversity through the arts.  Museums, art venues, theatres, etc. will offer a complimentary day, open to the public. Shows, concerts, dance and art with Tricentennial-centric programming premier on this day.  The Tricentennial Public Art piece will be unveiled.  
  • May 5: Legacy Day will honor the contributions of the missions in San Antonio: Alamo, Espada, San Jose, Concepcion, and San Juan as a World Heritage site. A variety of art and culture programming will be available at each of the sites. Five miles of musical entertainment, health and fitness opportunities, historical facts, and tours will all culminate with fireworks at all five missions. The San Antonio River Authority will also dedicate the transformation of San Pedro Creek as a cultural park!
  • May 6: Military Appreciation initiatives, designed to highlight the city’s rich military history, will showcase active duty military and past and current missions of Joint Base San Antonio.