Port of Long Beach to mark its 100th anniversary


The Port of Long Beach invites the public to bring their Port-related mementos and stories to its 100th Birthday Party on Saturday, June 25.

This event is free and open to the public.

At the “Memory Lane” interactive display, sponsored by Gensler, artists will be on hand to weave your personal memories of the Port into a large mural.

The mural will become a permanent, travelling exihibit.

Bring your memorabilia, copies of news clippings, letters and photos.

They will be scanned, and the images combined with your words will help fill the Memory Lane canvas. Videographers also will be available to record your stories. Memory Lane and birthday festivities begin at 2:30 p.m.

• 2:30 p.m. Event begins, exhibits open to public.

• 3 p.m. Premiere screening of “Faces of the Port—Celebrating 100 Years,” a 30-minute documentary narrated by actor Robert Wagner.

• 3:30 p.m. “Let’s Talk Centennial,” a history panel discussion moderated by veteran maritime reporter George Cunningham.

• 4:15 p.m. Second screening of “Faces of the Port—Celebrating 100 Years.”

• 5:15 p.m. Centennial presentations with Robert Wagner.

• 5:45 p.m. Centennial cupcakes.

• 6 p.m. Concert performance by the Long Beach Municipal Band.

• 8 p.m. Event concludes.

There also will be a photo exhibit, carnival rides, games and free refreshments.

The 100th Birthday Party will be held right on the docks on Pier E, just south of the Gerald Desmond Bridge, at Ocean Boulevard and Pico Avenue.

Parking is free, and there will be a bicycle valet.

For a map and more information, go to www.polb.com/birthday.

Port of Long Beach to mark its 100th anniversary