Get ready Palm Springs! Your city is turning 75 on April 20, 2013 and the entire Coachella Valley and beyond is invited to celebrate the city’s legendary past and bright future at a FREE to the community fun-filled 75th anniversary party and fireworks spectacular at historic O’Donnell Golf Club called “Thanks for the Memories! Palm Springs through the Decades.”

The 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. event, presented by the City of Palm Springs, P.S. Resorts and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, will feature a magnificent showcase exhibition highlighting the legendary history and diverse culture of Palm Springs through the decades from 1938 to the city’s current renaissance.

In addition, the party will include a delicious Taste of Palm Springs from a host of well known local restaurants, musical performances from the McCallum and Palm Canyon theatres along with entertainers from all over the Coachella Valley. There will also be fun and educational activities for residents and visitors of all ages and a spectacular fireworks finale, celebrating 75 years of the Palm Springs destination.

“This party will go down in history as one to remember!” according to Larry Abel, a part-time Palm Springs resident and nationally acclaimed event planner, who has created a variety of fun and clever concepts for Oprah Winfrey, the Golden Globes, the Emmy Awards and many more! Abel also owns Raymond/ Lawrence, a hugely successful Fred Segal-style retail incubator in Uptown Palm Springs and Socialize Palm Springs, a local event planning company.

Abel, who has generously donated his time and creative vision to curate this important milestone, notes that just about every special event, iconic tourism destination and community organization that has made the city like no place else over the past 75 years will take part in the celebration, a World’s Fair-style exhibition uniquely highlighting the legendary history of Palm Springs. Participants include the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Modernism Week, the Tramway, the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, the Festival of Lights Parade, the Palm Springs Historical Society and many, many more. The celebration will of course kick off with 1938, the year the city was incorporated.

“Over the past 75 years, Palm Springs has become world famous as the premiere resort destination in Southern California where celebrities and people from all over the world come to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy year-round sunshine,” said Mayor Steve Pougnet, who with Councilmember Paul Lewin is leading the city’s 75th anniversary subcommittee. “I invite everyone in the Coachella Valley and beyond to join us on April 20 as we celebrate 75 years of Palm Springs, California… like no place else!”

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