San Antonio River Authority Celebrates San Antonio’s Tricentennial
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For nearly 12,000 years, the San Antonio River supported indigenous populations. However, it was when Spanish colonial settlers formally named the area Villa de Béjar on the 5th of May, 1718, that the City of San Antonio was born.
During this Tricentennial Year, it is vitally important to recognize and honor the significance of the San Antonio River and its tributaries, after all, it is why the Spanish, and the indigenous peoples before them, settled in this area. The San Antonio River Authority’s (SARA) Tricentennial celebrations will promote the river’s role in the region’s history and the importance of protecting the river and its tributaries for the benefit of future generations. This is part of SARA’s commitment to safe, clean and enjoyable creeks and rivers.
SARA is hosting and supporting numerous Tricentennial events and projects in San Antonio and Goliad:
- Goliad’s Massacre Reenactment & Candlelight Vigil – March 24-25
- 3rd Annual Mission Reach Flotilla Festival – April 21
- 6th Annual Bat Loco Bash – August 7
- Goliad’s Rio Rio Event – November 10
- 9th Annual Museum Reach River of Lights – December 1
- Tricentennial River of Wishes – December 15
A few of the larger Tricentennial activities supported by SARA include:
- Presenting Sponsorship of the Witte Museum’s exhibit, Gathering at the Waters: 12,000 Years of People, which runs from January – June 2018
- Participating in a fireworks program funded by Bexar County along the Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk on May 4, 2018
- Co-hosting, with Bexar County, the Grand Opening of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park on May 5, 2018
- Sponsor of San Antonio Stories: A Tricentennial Project