Miami Marking 125th Anniversary with Weeklong Miami 125 Celebration
Published on July 19, 2021
Plans have been unveiled for the City of Miami’s upcoming 125th Anniversary celebration, Miami 125, a weeklong festival of food, fun, culture and innovation commemorating the Magic City’s founding on July 28, 1896.
The celebration runs from July 26-31 and features various free and ticketed events that the public is invited to attend. The events will provide a look at Miami’s storied history, its bright future and the diversity and dynamism that make Miami what it is today. Throughout the course of the week, the celebration will pay tribute to the trailblazing Miamians who set the Magic City on a course for greatness, highlight Miami’s diversity and recognize those who are embracing the city’s shared future through social activism and entrepreneurial innovation.
According to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, the city’s 125th anniversary provides a tremendous opportunity to honor Miami’s historic trailblazers while embracing today's social and entrepreneurial innovators who are positioning Miami as a world-class city now and in the future.
“I invite all residents of Miami to join me in celebrating Miami’s rich history and cultural diversity as we celebrate the city’s founding 125 years ago,” said Mayor Suarez. “Miami 125 will provide exciting and fun opportunities for residents to celebrate the Magic City by exploring our history, diversity, cultural venues, parks and more. This milestone also gives us a time to revisit the past as we look to shape the next hundred years and beyond of Miami’s enduring story.”
Featured events in the six-day celebration include:
In keeping with the theme of honoring Miami's history while embracing the future, the City of Miami is also recognizing Miami residents who have had a significant impact on the city’s history and progress. Honorees are:
- Dr. Enid Curtis Pinkney, notable preservationist, community leader, and humanitarian
- Arva Moore Parks McCabe, Miami historian, author, and preservationist
- Dr. Paul S. George, Miami’s lauded resident historian and prolific author and scholar
- Dr. Dorothy Fields, who has been instrumental in documenting Miami’s African American history through manuscripts and photography
- Dr. Marvin Dunn, author, educator, and historian
Larry Gautier, who is Co-chairing the anniversary celebrations, stated: “When Mayor Suarez asked me to co-chair with him representing the founding families of Miami, I jumped at the opportunity. For this celebration we want to do two things. We want to make sure we honor the past. We also want to embrace the future. We want to make sure the past is connected with the future. We want to do our part to connect the dots, to honor the past while embracing the future.”