In 1776, one week before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Spanish military commander Juan Bautista de Anza led California's first Spanish families on an overland expedition from present-day Mexico and arrived at the Golden Gate to establish San Francisco.
Today, signs mark the 1,200 mile Juan Bautista de Anza Trail. This historic route commemorates the journey of these families from Arizona to California. Some members include familiar names such as Peralta and Berryessa. This Friday and Saturday, you can explore this early chapter of San Francisco's history and birthplace -- el presidio de San Francisco. To celebrate this occasion, the city of San Francisco celebrates with fun family friendly events aimed at teaching families about our past and linking history, culture, and environment to the San Francisco of today.
Friday June 24
Pasados Del Presidio 2016, 12-3pm, Early California comes to life! Enjoy music, dance, storytelling, hands-on kids' activities, and more. Afternoon music and dance by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano. Presidio of San Francisco Officers' Club, San Francisco.
1776 Campfire with Captain Anza, 6-8pm, (campfire presentation and s'mores at 7PM) The founders of San Francisco camped as they traveled 1,200 miles north from present-day Mexico. Drop by and explore a family-friendly expedition campsite. Meet 18th century soldados. Learn to play a song on the psaltério. Use a quadrant to measure latitudes. Meet Captain Juan Bautista de Anza, and enjoy storytelling and s'mores by the fire, Rob Hill Campground, San Francisco.
Saturday June 25
San Francisco Founder's Day Ceremony, 10am-12pm, Descendants of the original founding families of the Anza Expedition return every June to the Presidio to recognize the amazing journey and efforts of their forefathers to colonize the northern frontier of Spain and found the Presidio of San Francisco. With the Amigos de Anza drill team as a colorful backdrop, join this public commemoration for a reading of all the families who arrived from present-day Mexico to establish the Presidio on June 27, 1776, Pershing Square, Main Post, San Francisco.