Thursday, July 30, 2009

Celebrate Four Millennia of Tucson's History and Community in 31 Days

Tucson will launch Tucson's Birthday, a month of celebration, education and exploration honoring Tucson’s history, cultural diversity and natural wonders. Most events are free or low cost, and all are family-friendly. Complete information is available at

Community leader and founder of the month-long, Tucson’s Birthday celebration Cele Peterson says, “August is a perfect time for Tucsonans to explore our town because we have it mostly to ourselves before our busy cultural season starts and winter visitors arrive.”

This year’s celebration kicks off August 1 with an interactive re-enactment of life in the Presidio by members of the Tucson Presidio Trust. The re-enactment will be continuous from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be free. It will take place at the corner of Washington and Church Streets in the reconstructed portion of El Presidio de San Agustín de Tucsón, which was established on August 20, 1775.

Featured within the reconstruction is an archaeological excavation of a Hohokam pit house, remains of a community that existed on the same site thousands of years before the fort was built.

Also on August 1, from 1 p.m. to midnight, ArtFare hosts a block party on 6th Avenue next to the Ronstadt Transit Center. The free event will feature music, dancing, food and a beer garden from 4 p.m. to midnight. Through August 6, the Postal History Foundation is accepting entries for a children's competition to design a postage stamp for Tucson's Birthday. Details for submissions are available at

Information about all activities scheduled throughout the month is available at Events are added throughout the month. They range from neighborhood ice cream socials to movies and library events and city-wide birthday cake competitions, as well as guided tours, forums, lectures and entertainments around aspects of Tucson's history and culture.

The website also features a 4100-year timeline of Tucson history.

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