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Sat, Mar 12


Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac’s 4th Annual Santa Gertrudis Day in Conjunction with Anza Day - Free

A blessing of St. Ann's Church, the Anza Trail Color Guard, & fun activities for the whole family! Plus a guided tour of the Outdoor Blacksmith Exhibit by artist/blacksmith Ira Wiesenfeld from 11 am to noon and the opening of two new exhibits!

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Tubac’s 4th Annual Santa Gertrudis Day in Conjunction with Anza Day - Free
Tubac’s 4th Annual Santa Gertrudis Day in Conjunction with Anza Day - Free

Time & Location

Mar 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St, Tubac, AZ 85646, USA


About the Event

This year’s Anza Day celebration has been re-envisioned to reflect more historical accuracy and provide for the educational engagement of youngsters in this most significant event in Tubac’s history when Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza made the 1775 overland expedition from Tubac to the Pacific. 

It begins in the cool of the morning at the Tubac Presidio at 10 am with period costumed riders executing cavalry drills. On the command of, “Vayan subiendo”, the Anza riders will assemble along with a host of imaginary settlers and livestock and proceed to the steps of St. Ann's Church (the site of Tubac’s original church, Santa Gertrudis).  

There they will receive a blessing for the journey and head north with the first day objective of La Canoa. 

Subsequently, from 11 am to noon at the Presidio we will have a tour of the current outdoor exhibition of sculptures made by the Arizona Blacksmith’s Association. 

We are proud to announce the opening of two new exhibits in collaboration with the Nogales Buffalo Soldiers Legacy Association and the Tubac Historical Society. Make your way to see our first of its kind, an exclusive historical exhibit, "Salute to Nogales' Buffalo Soldiers" with relics including WWI uniforms as worn by Buffalo Soldiers, a photo collage of early gravestones in Nogales Cemetery, and more. This exhibit will be on display until May 12th. 

The Tubac Historical Society invites you to view an exhibit that tells the history of local dude / guest ranches in Southern Arizona. They have collected photos, stories, oral histories, reminiscences, brochures, postcards, and other memorabilia dating back from the mid-1920s to present day. 

There will also be activities for young and the young at heart! Don’t miss the riders from 10am until 11am! This is a totally FREE EVENT and a wonderful opportunity to engage your children and grandchildren in Tubac’s colorful history. For more information call the Presidio, 520-398-2252.

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