West Palm Beach 125

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Clematis at Olive ca 1950s

( A view of Clematis Street, circa 1952  Photo courtesy of Historical Society of PBC)

It’s a Quasquicentennial celebration! You might need 125 tries to spell or pronounce the word, but only one guess to know that the City of West Palm Beach is celebrating its 125th anniversary!

With a series of West Palm Beach 125 events planned to mark the milestone, the festivities kick off on October 5 at the first GreenMarket of the season – also celebrating an anniversary of 25 seasons – and culminate with the Independence Day celebration in July 2020. Events and activities include a comprehensive exhibit at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, lectures at the Mandel Public Library, special boardwalk tours at Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve, neighborhood bike tours, a special light show shining on the Banyan/Quadrille parking garage and much more!

“We are excited to celebrate this milestone,” said Mayor Keith A. James.  “We are grateful to join with organizations such as the Norton Museum of Art, the Palm Beach Outlets, Hyatt Place West Palm Beach, Visit Palm Beach, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, the Palm Beach County Convention Center, and many others. We could not have put together such a comprehensive celebration without support from our wonderful community partners.”

In conjunction with the City of West Palm Beach for the 125th Anniversary, the Community Redevelopment Agency will be highlighting a few of the Historic Northwest’s most notable figures during Black History Month. Partnering with the Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop & Repertory, three African-American playwrights will work to bring to life the stories of James “Cracker” Johnson, Augusta Savage and Hazel Augustus.

Other organizations participating in the City’s anniversary milestone include Rosemary Square, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, The Ben, the Downtown Development Authority, Related Companies, Discover the Palm Beaches and the West Palm Beach Fishing Club.

Here’s our calendar of just a few of the exciting events coming up in the weeks ahead.