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The City of Somerville is Turning 175!

The City of Somerville officially separated from Charlestown in March, 1842, and to celebrate we are throwing a year-long series of commemorative events!

Somerville, MA: Celebrating 175 Years (1842-2017)

The City of Somerville officially separated from Charlestown in March, 1842, and to celebrate we are throwing a year-long series of commemorative events! Be sure to check back regularly for updates, and ways to get involved.

In the meantime, we invite you to share your stories, opinions, comments, and questions!


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City of Somerville's 175th Birthday Soirée

Join us on Saturday, November 11, 2017 for a celebration in honor of the 175th Anniversary of Somerville’s separation from Charlestown. Tickets are limited and are available now via Eventbrite. For additional details and to receive an alert when tickets are on sale, email

WHEN: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Tufts University Aidekman Arts Center, Talbot Ave.
WHAT: A black tie optional celebration of the City of Somerville’s 175th “Birthday.” The formal (optional) event will include live music by local artists and Tufts University students, food and beverages from Somerville establishments, and sneak peaks at stories and photos we have gathered from community members over the last year of your fondest Somerville memories. Note on attire: This is black tie optional, and business casual minimum. Come as you prefer, but why not use it as an opportunity to get a little fancier and celebrate?

How Can I Get Tickets?

Tickets are available now via Eventbrite! We will sell approximately 250 tickets, available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are $20 per person and include free passed appetizers, and samples of Aeronaut Brewing Company’s limited edition brew, “Municipal Freedom Gives National Strength,” in honor of the 175th Anniversary. (If you have questions or concerns, please email for information on applying for special pricing due to financial hardship.)

Co-Sponsors & Partners

  • Tufts University
  • Mount Vernon Grill
  • Independent Restaurant Group
  • Cuisine en Locale
  • Dave's Fresh Pasta
  • Lyndell's
  • Noor
  • Olde Magoun's Saloon

Live Entertainment By...

  • Grace Givertz
  • The Iris Quartet

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Share your stories, photos, quick comments, favorite memories, etc. of Somerville. Whether you grew up here, are a long-time or fairly new resident, we’d love to hear from you.

Have an idea for a program, event, or historic material we can use in our celebrations? Do you have questions about how we plan to celebrate? Send them our way with the form below!

Past Events

Check out just some of the ways we've been celebrating Somerville's 175th!

June 2017

As part of this year’s festivities, we want to take the time to particularly celebrate our “foodie” culture, and continue to showcase the wonderfully diverse and delicious cuisines found in our city. During the month of June, we invited restaurants to celebrate with us in several ways, including sponsoring prix fixe dinner menus during the last two weeks of June, providing special offers and discounts, and/or offering a special food or drink item on their menu featuring Fluff, in honor of its own 100th anniversary. Below are the participating restaurants, and the specials they’re offering this month. NOTE: Most of the activities and specials are taking place over the last two weeks of June, between Sunday and Thursday, unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Foodie Month officially kicks off on Wednesday, June 14, with the Taste of Somerville at its new location in Nathan Tufts Park, sponsored by the Somerville Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

175 Somerville: An artist's sketch of the Prospect Hill Tower with sits atop a stylized US flag
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:00pm

We're marking Somerville's 175th birthday all year, but March is an especially important month. It was in March of 1842 that Somerville officially separated from Charlestown and became its own city.

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:00am

Join us for the City's annual Patriot's Day event, a Colonial Fair at Foss Park featuring, games, refreshments, 'Colonial Passports', and more!

Sat, 05/6/2017 - 7:30pm

To celebrate the City of Somerville's 175th Anniversary, this year’s short films theme is “Somerville old and new.”

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 4:15pm

Come celebrate as we honor all who serve our country, commonwealth, and city, and as we celebrate the City's 175th Anniversary!

The parade will depart from City Hall at 1 p.m. SHARP and proceed along Highland Ave. to Davis Square. The parade will continue along Holland St. and end at the corner of Holland St. and Broadway.




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