Happy 237th Birthday, Los Angeles!

by Mayor's Office on September 4, 2018

237 years ago,  on September 4, 1781 a group of settlers consisting of 14 families numbering 44 individuals of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in the area naming it "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula" which in English translated to "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula". Over time this small community would eventually become one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world, the City of Los Angeles. 

We are an old city and we're celebrating our birthday on September 4.  Watch Mayor Eric Garcetti conduct the Angel City Chorale in a birthday song to celebrate below!