San Diego’s Cabrillo National Monument turns 100 years old on Monday, but the centennial celebration will not go on as planned this weekend due to the government shutdown.
The Cabrillo National Monument, normally open daily, has been closed since Oct. 1 as a result of the ongoing shutdown.
This week, the monument’s superintendent, Tom Workman, announced that the planned centennial weekend events for Oct. 12-14 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
In a press release, Workman said the events were cancelled “due to the lapse in appropriated funds and the continued government shutdown.” He thanked everyone who had been working hard on the special event.
In addition to the centennial events, the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation also cancelled the “Cabrillo Lights Up the Night” event on Oct. 12 for the same reason. This event has been rescheduled for March 2014.
As of Thursday, the Cabrillo National Monument website remained offline, displaying the following message on the home page:
“Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.”
Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the September 1542 landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay. On October 14, 1913, Woodrow Wilson designated the space for a statue of Cabrillo.