Palm Springs planning 75th anniversary celebration next month

A free party, exhibit of city's history and a fireworks show are set for Apr. 20 at O'Donnell Golf Club

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Palm Springs will celebrate its 75th anniversary next month with a free party and fireworks show, a city official said today.

The event, "Thanks for the Memories! Palm Springs through the Decades" is scheduled for April 20 at the O'Donnell Golf Club and will feature an exhibit of the city's history and culture from 1938 to the present.

Food from restaurants will be served and performers from the McCallum and Palm Canyon theaters will provide entertainment. The event will end with a fireworks show, city spokeswoman Amy Blaisdell said.

Exhibit participants will include the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Modernism Week, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, the Festival of Lights Parade and the Palm Springs Historical Society.

"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 Councilman 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."

For more information, go to www.palmsprings75.com.

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