Special events for Miami’s 125th birthday
The City of Miami is getting ready to celebrate its 125th Birthday with a weeklong of special events and programming.
Starting July 26, the City of Miami 125th Anniversary will kick off with a series of events focused on the many milestones and people who have shaped the community’s rich history and tell the story of Miami’s development from an outpost at the onset in 1896 to the gateway to Latin America and beyond.
Programs and events will explore Little Haiti, Little Havana, Little San Juan and Little Santo Domingo and will span the entire anniversary year offering opportunities to tour the “Magic City’s” significant cultural venues, beautiful parks and architectural gems, said Larry Gautier, City of Miami 125th Anniversary’s co-chair along with Mayor Francis Xavier Suarez.
The mayor officially kick offs the weeklong of events and will share his vision of making Miami the “capital of capital” during the Miami Innovation Luncheon, starting at noon Monday, July 26, at the Rusty Pelican at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne.
The following day, Mayor Suarez is set to host a “Cafecito talk” and workshop on the emergence of non-fungible tokens in the world of art. Aside from the talk, this event will highlight local artists. The workshop will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the Bakehouse Art Complex at 561 NW 32nd St. in Wynwood.
The City of Miami 125th Anniversary Celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at Pérez Art Museum Miami at 1103 Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami. On this day, which is Miami’s date of incorporation, the mayor 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. To cap off the evening of food and celebration, guests will enjoy performances from local artists that reflect the city’s ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity.
Commissioner Jeffrey Watson and Mayor Suarez will hold a “Community Summit” at noon, Thursday, July 29, at the Red Rooster Overtown at 920 NW Second Ave. The luncheon and gathering of community leaders from all segments of Miami will have an informal gathering and social event to solidify the bonds that bind and embrace the community.
“Little Havana Fridays,” a celebration of Latin music and art starts at 6 p.m. Friday, July 30, at the Historic Domino Park Plaza at 801 SW 15th Ave. in Little Havana. This event will amplify the importance of all segments of the community coming together to embrace the common goal of unity, diversity and inclusion.
Closing out the celebrations Saturday, July 31, city commissioners will hold events throughout the city during “Miami Day.” The community events will not only serve as a guide through Miami’s neighborhoods but also provide a culinary experience.
“This initiative will also assemble a virtual time capsule kept at City Hall to be opened in the year 2121, which will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate everything Miami,” Mr. Gautier added.
Details: For event tickets and programming, visit: https://mia125.org/.