The City of Anaheim concluded its 150th Year celebration on Jan. 1, 2008. The 15 month-long celebration created many memories and milestones for Anaheim residents, businesses and visitors to memorialize the sesquicentennial celebration. During the course of the anniversary celebration, the City held more than 30 events honoring old, new and future hallmarks of Anaheim. Festivities began with the 150 Kick-Off Celebration on Oct. 5, 2006 featuring a special performance by American Idols finalists.
Commencing the 2007 celebratory year, the Tournament of Roses® was host to the City’s float, themed “Always Fresh & Never Grows Old,” which won the Mayor’s Trophy Award for Most Outstanding City Entry. The “Anaheim/ OC Walk of Stars” was also created, honoring prominent Anaheim/Orange County contributors with stars on Harbor Blvd. near the Disneyland Resort main entrance. The History Walk Dedication was an event that will be appreciated for years to come featuring monuments displaying the City’s history.
With the 25th Annual Great American Race, the NORCECA Continental Men’s Volleyball Championship, and the unearthing of the City’s 1957 time capsule, Anaheim residents were kept busy during the 150 celebration. More than 10,000 spectators filled the streets of downtown at the Anaheim Spooktacular Halloween parade and Fall Festival. This incredible year ended with the City’s 2008 Rose Parade float, titled “Anaheim, the World’s Celebration Destination,” showcasing California’s first Stanley Cup Championship team, the Anaheim Ducks, and for the first time in the parade’s 119-year history, the Stanley Cup. As the celebration comes to a close, the Anaheim 150 slogan, “Always Fresh & Never Grows Old,” leaves a motto for Anaheim residents to embody for years to come.