On Friday, August 20, 2010 (that’s tomorrow) Tucson will start its birthday weekend celebration with a flag ceremony. Opening remarks begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Courtyard (SW corner of Church Ave and Washington St.)
Throughout time five flags have flown over Tucson. They are: the American, Mexican, Spanish, Confederate and the State of Arizona. At the ceremony the flags will be presented along with the Tohono O’odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe flags. Included in the flag presentation will be a replica of the 28-star American flag that was brought by the Mormon Battallion and flown over Tucson on December 16, 1846.
If you can make it to the ceremony, organizers encourage you to dress in period costume. Birthday cake will be available so you can start off your weekend with a slice of something sweet.
Although the event is free and parking is available there are parking fees that apply at: Main Library garage, El Presidio Parking garage and Pennington Street garage.
There are a lot of Tucson birthday events taking place this weekend. After the flag ceremony you might want to head on over to Chick-fil-A at El Con for a free spicy chicken sandwich. As part of their Tucson birthday celebrations, they are offering the freebies to people who go up to the register and say “Happy Birthday Tucson”. To get your sandwich, be there between 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday.
If that isn’t enough food for you, head on over to 7575 E. Speedway for the annual Tucson cake bake-off competition. At noon cake judges, Mayor Bob Walkup and Ex Pro Basketball Player and Wildcat Joseph Blair will select the cakes that will take the prize for taste, creativity, decoration and Tucson representation. The judging begins at noon on Friday. From 1-3 p.m., winners will be announced; cake will be served along with entertainment.
Tucson birthday organizers have a website devoted to celebrations throughout town this month. Historical facts about the Old Pueblo are also included. Today’s history lesson provided by organizers is this:
On August 19, 1885, Louis G. Hughes, future governor and editor of the Arizona Star, alleges a conspiracy in the Legislature to prevent Tucson firms from winning printing contracts and demands that President Grover Cleveland investigate.
For more on Tucson birthday celebrations see their website. Tomorrow Tucson Places and Faces will provide more information regarding Tucson birthday events planned for this weekend.