New Haven Celebrates 379th Birthday

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NBC Connecticut

The City of New Haven is celebrating its 379th birthday today, April 24.

Starting at 4:30 p.m. in the city hall, Mayor Harp will commemorate New Haven’s “379 years of tradition, innovation, and idealism with pageantry and artistic expression on full display,” said New Haven’s Director of Communications, Laurence Grotheer.

Along with an “I Love New Haven” performance by musician Justin Johnson, there will be several events throughout the afternoon to honor the city.

Mayor Harp will recognize recent achievements in New Haven, regarding everything from sports to the arts. These include the following:

  • New Haven’s first semi-professional soccer team, The Elm City Express, who will begin to play this summer.
  • A formal signing of the Sister Cities Alliance with the Changsha, provincial Capital of Hunan in China.
  • Ethnic Heritage Center’s launch of three self-guided walking tour books of different New Haven neighborhoods, including Lower Dixwell, Wooster Square and Downtown.
  • The dedication of three murals to the city, depicting historical moments and memories, by the family of Albert George.
  • An art installation launch, Espejismo, which “invites its audience to reflect on the perspectives of others and share personal thoughts about seeing and being seen,” Grotheer said.
  • The naming of five City Spirit Honorees, being awarded for their passion and contributions to New Haven.
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