San Antonio tricentennial remembers the Alamo and much more

FILE - This March 6, 2013, file photo, shows the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. The Alamo is best known as the site of a legendary 1836 battle, but it was originally built in 1718 as a Spanish mission. San Antonio dates the city's founding to the opening of that mission 300 years ago and plans a week of tricentennial commemorative events for May. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

San Antonio, Texas, is remembering the Alamo along with the rest of its history as part of a 300th birthday celebration.

The city was founded in 1718 when Spanish settlers built the Mission San Antonio de Valero - today known as the Alamo - along the San Antonio River. In 1836, the Alamo was the site of a legendary battle as Texas fought for independence from Mexico.

A tricentennial commemorative week is scheduled for May 1-6. For visitors, May 4 will be of particular interest, with arts events, a festival and fireworks. For travelers who'd like to see San Antonio but can't make that week in May, the city is hosting exhibitions and other festivals throughout the year, and you can visit the Alamo anytime, along with the River Walk just across the street.