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Tucson celebrates turning 244 with birthday fiesta at Presidio San Agustin Del Tucson Museum

Posted at 4:22 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 15:28:07-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - The City of Tucson is celebrating its 244th birthday by having its annual birthday fiesta at the Presidio San Agustin Del Tucson Museum.

The Presidio San Agustin Del Tucson Museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio, which was built back in 1775.

The original Tucson Presidio was established on August 20, 1775 by Regular Spanish Army Lt. Colonel Hugo O'Connor.

O'Connor was the first person to put the flag into the ground that is now Tucson.

Tucson's birthday celebration will consist of a tour of the archaeological remains of a pit house, a walk along the original Presidio wall, and experience a 150 year old Sonoran row house.

There will also be performances by Los Changitos Feos Mariachis, Danzacultura Folklorico, and Gertie and the T.O. Boys.

The official cannon firing will be held at 7 p.m., and will be lit by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

The event is free for anyone who wants to attend. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and scheduled performances will begin at 5 p.m.

The Presidio San Agustin Del Tucson Museum is located at 196 N. Court Ave.