Happy Birthday, Tucson! Here's How to Celebrate

A storied child of Tucson's 5,000-year history turns 237 on Monday: El Presidio de San Agustín de Tucsón was established on August 20, 1775.

Lots of fun is planned to celebrate the event. The complete schedule is on the Pima County Website, and it's not too late to add your own party.

Here are some of our favorites:

Birds and Beer!
Pizza, local brew, live birds, bird photos and trivia on a big screen are featured from 5 to 7:30 p.m., tonight, Friday, Aug. 17, as part of the Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival at the Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway. It's $15, but there's also cake. Details are here.

Trains!
What a change trains made in Tucson's history! But you can learn about that any day at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum. Saturday, Aug. 18, it's time to partay! From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there's cake, Tucson dignitaries and trains of all sizes to play with. Details are here. This event is part of an all-day celebration along Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard involving a beach party and 23.7 percent discounts (for the 237th birthday, get it?) and all kinds of other fun. Details are here.

Costumes!
One by one, the five flags that have flown over Tucson's history are presented by people dressed in the outfits of their era, starting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, at the reconstructed portion of the birthday baby, the Presidio de Tucsón, corner of Washington St. and Church Ave. Kids especially love when the muskets blast and the cannon booms, but the whole family enjoys talking to historic figures in character and seeing what life was like in the fort. It's also one of the few places to learn about the importance of Apaches to our town's past. Tucson's official troubadour Ted Ramirez performs his Southern Arizona ballads and, naturally, there's cake. Details are here.