Happy Birthday Miami!
Our beautiful Magic City is turning 125-years-old this year! According to the City of Miami on July 28, 1896, a group of 344 men, many of who were Bahamian immigrants, voted to officially incorporate the city which Julia Tuttle founded in the late 1800s.
In honor of its 125th anniversary, the City of Miami is holding week-long celebrations from July 26 to July 31, so you can celebrate in style! Check some of the events going on this week below:
- The City of Miami 125th Anniversary Celebration at the Pérez Art Museum — Wednesday, July 28: The official anniversary celebration is being held at the Pérez Art Museum on Wednesday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. During this ceremony Miami Mayor Francis Suárez will honor four of Miami’s historical preservationists with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” and a symbolic passing of the torch to a new generation of civic leaders. The ceremony will be followed by some food, drinks and more celebration during which guests will enjoy performances from local artists.
- Origins: The Soul — Thursday, July 29: As part of its 125th-anniversary celebrations, the City of Miami is taking a moment to remember its origins and Miami’s Pioneer Black Community. In this first part of the two-part celebration honoring the soul, spirit and light that helped found our city you’ll get to explore the soul of Miami with two interesting exhibits that include the “One Way Ticket” Exhibit at The Ward Rooming House and the “In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience” at D.A. Dorsey House followed by a Music, Art & Culture Activation at the Lyric Theater Courtyard.
- Little Havana Fridays at Domino Park — Friday, July 30: This lively celebration featuring Latin music and art will take place at 6 p.m. at the Historic Domino Park and will “amplify the importance of all segments of the community coming together to embrace the common goal of unity, diversity and inclusion.”
- Origins: The Spirit, The Light — Saturday, July 31: During this second part of the Origins celebration the Miami community is celebrating its Spirit with a Prayer Breakfast ( invite only) from 8 to 10 a.m. followed by a celebration of its light featuring fireworks, food, and entertainment for families at Gibson Park from 5 to 9 p.m.
- Miami Day, Saturday, July 31: to close out the celebrations city officials will be holding events throughout the city during Saturday, July 31, for Miami Day. The various community events will not only serve as a guide through these neighborhoods, but the various community events will also provide a culinary experience.
Learn more about Miami’s history: Meet Julia Tuttle: The ‘Mother Of Miami’ & Only Woman To Have Founded A Major U.S. City
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