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San Diego 250: Public Invited to Attend Commemoration Event on San Diego Bay

The Port of San Diego is hosting a commemoration of San Diego’s 250th anniversary and the public is invited to attend. The event is free and will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019, exactly 250 years after the first seaborne contingent of Spanish settlement arrived in San Diego harbor onboard the vessel San Antonio. The event location will be the Port’s Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101.

Beginning at 12 p.m., the commemoration will start with a Kumeyaay Nation cultural exchange. Following that, remarks will be given by City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; Port of San Diego Chairman Garry Bonelli; and Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman Erica Pinto and Manzanita Chairwoman Angela Elliott Santos of the Kumeyaay Nation.

“The Port’s beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park North is the perfect venue for this event and we’re happy to host it here,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “The Port of San Diego serves as a trusted ambassador for San Diego Bay and is proud to join the Kumeyaay Nation, the City of San Diego, and all of our partners in commemorating how San Diego came to be.”

“San Diego’s 250th anniversary is a time for us to come together as a city to mark this tremendous milestone and educate all residents about our vast history, the people who’ve contributed to it and the future that lies ahead,” Mayor Faulconer said. “The Port of San Diego has been a great steward for the San Diego Bay and this event showcases how the Port and maritime industries will continue to be a driving force for our economy over the next 250 years.”

“As the first residents of San Diego for more than 12,000 years, we appreciate the opportunity to participate in the 250th San Diego events being held this year,” said Chairwoman Pinto. “The landing of the San Antonio 250 years ago has a different meaning and perspective for us all. We firmly believe this is a great opportunity to begin the healing process for our people, to educate the public and have continued dialogue to share the complete history that has been ignored, overlooked and forgotten by the public to help us build stronger communities for generations to come. To me, this is a story of the resilience and strength of our people.”

“As the city of San Diego celebrates the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the San Antonio, the Kumeyaay people welcome the opportunity to tell our true history. The history of this region’s first people, the suffering and despair that they endured for being a distinct people, the strength and resiliency that our ancestors showed as they held on to our most important traditions and core values, and finally a proud people who would not sink quietly into the pages of an inaccurately told history.  We appreciate the opportunity to share our true history and look forward to creating a healing environment in which all the people of this region can come together for a bright future,” said Chairwoman Elliott Santos.

During the event, the Maritime Museum of San Diego will anchor its ship, San Salvador, offshore representing the San Antonio and creating a stunning backdrop. Informational booths with representatives from the Port of San Diego, San Diego History Center, Kumeyaay Nation and Maritime Museum of San Diego will be at the event. There will be a selection of free gifts to commemorate San Diego’s 250th anniversary. Free food, snacks and beverages will also be provided.

This is one of several events taking place during 2019 to commemorate San Diego’s 250th anniversary and where California began. For more information, please visit the San Diego 250 website at

Additional media contact: Corinne Martin, 619.682.3841

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