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Alcatraz’s Thanksgiving Sunrise Ceremony | 2019

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Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 4:15 am | Cost: $14*
*Event is free, but boat tickets are $14 for adults. Free for children under 5.

Alcatraz Island | Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 94133


Indigenous Peoples’ Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz | 2019

The International Indian Treaty Council presents the Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Sunrise Gathering commemorating 527 years of Indigenous resistance, honoring ancestors and future generations.

Honoring the cultural resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in California and around the world, this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes in 1969-1970. The gathering has been sponsored and coordinated by the International Indian Treaty Council for the past 40 years.

2019 Indigenous Peoples’ Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering
– Monday, October 14, 2019 | 4:15  am – Ferry Ticket $11 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Columbus Day)
– Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 3 am – Ferry Ticket $14 – Thanksgiving
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco (Ohlone Territory)
Free to participate, but a ferry ticket required.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Sunrise Gathering will take place this year on October 14th, San Francisco’s 1st recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

October 14, 2019 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Columbus Day)
Boats will depart from Pier 33 beginning at 5:00 am and everyone will return to Pier 33 by 9 am at the latest. Those who have to work can arrive back at Pier 33 as early at 8:00 am. The ticket booth opens at 4:15 am and ferries will depart Pier 33 at approximately 5 am, 5:15 am and 5:45 am.

Please note that the annual Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering sells out each year and this is a great, if not better, alternative. This event is much smaller more community based gathering with approximately 1,200 participants as opposed to 4,500.

November 28, 2019 – Thanksgiving Day
There are no regular Alcatraz tours offered on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019. All participants in the gathering must return to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing upon conclusion of the ceremony.

The ticket booth opens at 3 am on Thursday, November 28, 2019 and ferries will depart Pier 33 approximately every 15 minutes from 4:15 am to 6 am. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets on the website in advance. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 415.981.7625 (ROCK) or from the Ticketbooth at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing.

General admission is $14 per person. Toddlers under 5 years of age are free.


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Cost: $14*
*Event is free, but boat tickets are $14 for adults. Free for children under 5.
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, History, San Francisco, Thanksgiving
Address: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 94133

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