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Celebrations and Events Occurring for Tucson’s Birthday

Several events are planned to celebrate Tucson’s upcoming birthday.  The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, Los Descendientes del Presidio, and the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum will all be holding celebration events to commemorate Tucson’s 244th birthday in August.

Tucson’s official Birthday Fiesta will take place at the Presidio Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 20 (Tucson’s actual birthday) beginning at 4:45 pm.  Hosted by the Tucson/Pima County Historic Commission, the celebration includes:

      * Performances by Los Changitos Feos Mariachis, Danzacultura Folklorico, and Gertie and the T.O. Boys playing Waila music

      * Free birthday cake sponsored by Long Realty and served by El Presidio Historic Neighborhood neighbors

      * A happy hour with El Charro taco bar and refreshments for sale (The first 300 city or county employees to show their ID will receive a free  happy hour taco!)

      * Community tables with activities and information from local organizations, such as Mission Gardens, the San Xavier Co-op, the Mexican Consulate and others

The Official 244th Tucson Birthday Fiesta at the Presidio Museum thanks these sponsors:


      The Arizona Daily Star

      Pima County

      The Tucson-Pima County Historic Commission


      Desert Diamond Casino

      Rio Nuevo

      Visit Tucson

      The Downtown Tucson Partnership

      Cox Communications.

(Additional information on performances and sponsors will be sent out as they become available.)

Los Descendientes del Presidio and the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum events will occur before Tucson’s Official Birthday Fiesta at the Presidio Museum.  Los Descendientes will host a Birthday Gala at the JW Marriott Starr Pass on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 6 pm.  Tickets are $90 per person. For more information, see

The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 400 N. Toole Ave., will host a Birthday Party on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 12 pm, which includes a proclamation reading by Mayor Rothschild, and free birthday cake, in addition to other activities.

The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is located on the northeast corner of the original Presidio at 196 N. Court Ave. The Presidio Museum is a reconstruction of the original Tucson Presidio built in 1775.  Docent tours give visitors a glimpse of what life in the Presidio was like for soldiers and other residents.  Additional highlights include an original 150-year-old Sonoran row house and a 2,000-year-old prehistoric pit house.  Living History Days are held on the second Saturday of the month from October through April to allow visitors to experience firsthand Tucson’s history. The Presidio Museum is managed by the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to guide and aid in the interpretation of history at the Presidio San Agustín through research, education and living history experiences.