The Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park. Photo by Jerrye and Roy Klotz via Wikimedia Commons

A civic commemoration on July 16 at the historic Spanish Presidio will honor the founding of San Diego 250 years ago by missionaries led by Father Junipero Serra.

The two-hour event beginning at 5 p.m. will mark the dedication in 1769 of Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of the 21 California missions.

Leaders of the Kumeyaay Nation, whose people lived in the region for centuries before the Spanish arrived, will give a blessing, raise the Kumeyaay flag and introduce a performance of traditional bird songs.

Speakers will include Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Kumeyaay leaders, state Senate President Toni Atkins and state Assemblymember Todd Gloria.

The commemoration, presented by the San Diego History Center, will include a variety of cultural performances and food options representing San Diego’s historic roots.

The event  in Mission Hills is free, but an online RSVP is required. Organizers suggest parking at the Caltrans building and taking a free shuttle to the Junipeo Serra Museum.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.