Pleasanton hit a special milestone this year, so a big party -- complete with dancing and cake -- is the most appropriate way to celebrate.
The 125th Anniversary Celebration will begin at 3 p.m. next Friday (Aug. 2). Live music, family-friendly entertainment, a cornhole tournament with city staff and other fun activities will take place at Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks and on the surrounding streets.
At 5 p.m. City Council members will lead a "Happy Birthday" sing-along and birthday cake will be served to the first 500 guests. Then, Concerts in the Park favorite Public Eye will provide live music from 5:30-9 p.m.
Pleasanton was incorporated in 1894, just a few years after the Central Pacific Railroad route through Pleasanton was completed. It was an agricultural area then, with hop fields, vineyards and dairy farms, as well as a horse-racing track that is now the oldest in the country.
It's important to mark milestone years; we can pause to remember the people and events that shaped Pleasanton and acknowledge how different it is now as a thriving, modern city of 80,000-plus people.
It also allows us to celebrate our shared history. Regardless of where we are from, our connection to Pleasanton connects us to each other.
The Aug. 2 party will be Pleasanton Downtown Association executive director Laura Olson's swan song. Olson has led the PDA for the past nine years and has played in integral part in creation of some of the PDA's events such as the Brew Crawls, Wine Strolls and Forkful. We are glad she will be at the celebration, which will be a great way for the Pleasanton native to say goodbye to her hometown as she prepares to move out of state.
Check out next week's edition of the Weekly for more information and photos ahead of the party, and make sure you don't miss the chance to celebrate Pleasanton's history, heritage and hometown spirit.