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Fort Lowell Day
February 8, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pmFree
Horse Cavalry drills | Music | Food | Kids’ Fun | History | Walking Tours
Free Admission! | Free Parking!
Tucson’s History Will Come Alive During the 40th Annual Fort Lowell Day Celebration.
On Saturday, February 8, 2020, the public is invited to visit the historic Fort Lowell neighborhood and relive Tucson’s bygone days at the Fort Lowell Day Celebration. The day includes a wide variety of free activities and displays where the whole family can learn about this hidden corner of Tucson’s past. The annual Fort Lowell Day Celebration is sponsored by the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association to highlight the area’s rich history. Events will be occurring in Fort Lowell Park, along Fort Lowell Road, and at San Pedro Chapel.
People of many cultures have lived in the neighborhood for well over a thousand years. The Fort Lowell U.S. Army Post was decommissioned in 1891 and is now a beautiful city park. In recognition of the neighborhood’s importance, parts of the area, including the Old Fort Lowell, have been designated as an historic district by Pima County. The San Pedro Chapel was the first Historic Landmark designated by the City of Tucson. Portions of the area are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This year’s events include:
FOOD AND MUSIC. The Trio Gala Mariachi Group will perform from 9:30-noon. The group Way Out West will play nostalgic western and cowboy tunes in front of San Pedro Chapel from 11:45-1. At 12:30, on the Fort Lowell park grounds, the 4th U.S. Cavalry Band (Tucson) will also play a concert of 19th Century music. There will be food trucks in the area.
MILITARY DRILLS. At 1:30, B Troop, U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) from Fort Huachuca will conduct drills on the original Parade Grounds at Fort Lowell Park. Come see how the cavalry trained for warfare on horseback.
EXHIBITS AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES. There will be exhibits at the Fort Lowell Museum. At Fort Lowell Park children can make small versions of the adobe bricks used to build Old Fort Lowell and the homes and chapels of the El Fuerte community and learn games children played at the Fort. At the San Pedro Chapel, children can learn how to make authentic Mexican paper flowers. Children can also pick up a Passport to History to be stamped at various sites and earn a special reward (Popcorn).
VINTAGE BASEBALL GAMES. At Fort Lowell Park at the baseball field there will be vintage baseball games using the rules, uniforms, and equipment of the 19th Century. PLAY BALL! Bisbee Black Sox vs. Tucson Saguaros. Games at 10:30 and 12:30.
SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF 22 HISTORICAL SITES. Visitors will be able to view the recently restored 19th Century Officers’ Quarters and learn from experts about the Hohokam pit houses and artifacts that were found on the site. The self-guided tour includes stops at the Fort Commissary, the Post Trader’s Store, and a narrow alley called El Callejon, the heart of the original community of El Fuerte. A descendant of the Mormon community will also be on hand to tell stories about the early Mormon settlers in the area.
MAP OF SITES. A map of the site will be available at Information Tables in Fort Lowell Park, along Fort Lowell Road, and at the San Pedro Chapel.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE.