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Hoboken's 150th Anniversary Celebration

Mayor David Roberts, the 150th Anniversary Committee, and the Hoboken Reporter proudly present:

Hoboken's 150th Anniversary Celebration

In the spring of 2005, Hoboken will celebrate its 150th birthday with the much-anticipated Sesquicentennial Celebration. This page will be evolving as up-to-date information about each of the celebration's events gets thrown in our direction. Check back here for new info!


Monday, March 28, 2005

The Anniversary Time Capsule will include a one page essay or drawing by all Hoboken School Children about what Hoboken means to them. All of these items will be put into the time capsule with a photo of the child attached. The Time Capsule is scheduled to be buried on the lawn of City Hall, 94 Washington Street (between First and Newark Streets) on the day of the anniversary - Monday, March 28. There will also be a large birthday cake, live music, commemorative postmark, and a special 150th Anniversary Ceremony.


Monday, March 28, 2005

Large panels will be on display at various sites around town. Panels will be on display at City Hall, the Hoboken Historical Museum, the Hoboken Public Library, and Symposia Bookstore for signing. Panels will also be passed around to all of the local schools and churches. Residents are encouraged to sign the Birthday Card panels. The goal is to get every resident to sign the card and then get listed in the Guiness Book of World Records. The panels will be on display on Monday, March 28 at Hoboken City Hall from 11am to 4pm.


Monday, March 28, 2005

The Hoboken Post Office will create a special postmark to commemorate the anniversary, which will be available for purchase at City Hall and the Hoboken Post Office on Monday, March 28.


Saturday, April 9, 2005
Cornucopia Cruise Line

The Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser will include a cocktail reception, buffet dinner, dessert and coffee, dancing, and a three hour cruise around Manhattan, as well as a Silent Auction. Live entertainment and dancing throughout the night, including chamber music, jazz, a barbershop quartet, and a Sinatra-style singer, as well as a special performance by the band Joyride. 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at City Hall, 94 Washington Street. Black-Tie or 19th-Century costume optional. Docking location to be announced.


Saturday, April 16, 2005, 12:00pm
Washington Street

The line of march will begin on 14th Street, head down Washington Street, and end at Pier A Park (First Street & Frank Sinatra Drive). The parade will be the biggest in Hoboken History and will include marching bands, city officials, and representatives from Police and Fire Departments from all over Hudson County, Hoboken's mounted police unit, several small floats and balloons provided by Macy's, school children in historic costumes, representatives from many of Hoboken's merchantes, social clubs, non-profit organizations, and much more.


Sunday, May 1, 2005
Washington Street

The Hoboken Arts & Music Fesitval will take place on May 1st, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, and will feature over 300 artists, photographers, sculptors, and crafts people. Lots of great food, 3 stages of live music, and stuff for kids on 3rd Street. Admission is free.


May 15 or May 22, 2005

As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, we will also celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Hoboken Elks Club. A special luncheon will take place on either May 15 or May 22 honoring all residents 90 and above who were born & raised in Hoboken and the family with the longest running genealogy.


Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 7:00pm
First Street

The Hoboken Veterans will recreate the march down First Street to commemorate the World War I Port of Embarkation.


Thursday, June 2, 2005, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Summer Enchanted Evenings Concert Series will celebrate the 150th by sponsoring a Frank Sinatra Open Mic night. Admission is free. Sign-up begins at 5:00pm. There will be a grand prize given to the best look-a-like / sound-a-like Sinatra type performer.


Saturday, June 11, 2005, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Frank Sinatra Walkway

Mayor David Roberts, Budweiser, Ronzoni, the 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee, and the Societa of the Madonna Dei Martiri present a Spaghetti Dinner Block Party. Located on the pathway along Frank Sinatra Drive between Frank Sinatra Park and Pier A Park, the $10 admission includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, and salad. Beer, wine, soda, water, and dessert are extra. Tables of 10 can be reserved by calling 201-420-2207. There will be strolling musicians, a gondola, and fireworks at 9:30pm. Also, Sinatra Open Mic - with special guest Erni Contri, The Other Kid from Hoboken. Sign-up for the open mic begins at 6:00pm; come prepared to sing your best. Each sign-up gets to do one song. There will be a prize for the best vocalist. Sponsored by: John Muller & Son & Daughter Insurance. Also, Anheuser-Busch's presents an interactive Salute to America's Heroes. See the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales and some great Sea World Animals up close and personal. Create a personalized video for our brave men and women of the US military overseas. Visitors will have a chance to win Busch Gardens & Sea World tickets as well as win a chance to appear in a local version of an AB "Salute to the Troops" commercial. Guests of all ages are welcome and pictures are encouraged. Don't miss this once in a lifetime experience - Saturday, June 11, 2pm to 9pm. Performance by Skanatra at 3:30pm. Clydesdales will parade down River Street at 4:30pm, and then be on display from 5pm to 7pm at Sinatra Park.


Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 10:00am

Mayor David Roberts & the 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee present a Vintage Baseball Festival, complete with a baseball parade down Washington Street. Featuring all vintage teams, plus little league & Babe Ruth teams. Vintage games all day at JFK stadium, Jefferson Street (between 10th & 11th Streets), plus vendors selling baseball memorabilia and sports items. Appearance by Alexander Cartwright II - great grandson of Alexander Cartwright, the founder of modern baseball. Brad Shaw will perform "Casey at Bat." And the Mile Square Theatre presents "7th Inning Stretch" at DeBaun Auditorium, 5th & Hudson Streets, beginning at 8:00pm, a series of 7 original one-act plays, all centering around the theme of baseball.


Saturday, June 25, 2005, 8:00pm

An original one-act play will take place on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 8:00pm. Written by Marian Roland & Tony DeVito, the play was written at the time they created the Hoboken Civic Theatre. Topics covered in this twelve song production touch upon famous residents, the many languages spoken in Hoboken, amusing anecdotes, and inventions which first saw the light of day here in Hoboken. This production was first performed at the River City Fair. Sponsored by the Hoboken Rotary Club and the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce.


Available through the Cultural Affairs Office, the Hoboken Historical Museum, United Deocrating, or can be ordered through the city website:


Designed by local artist Kevin Dorry of Axis 360, special street pole banners will decorate Washington Street throughout the year. The banners will be auctioned off at the Anniversary Gala on April 9th.


May 22, 2005

An historical mural by local students and art teachers Justine Sgaramelia and local artist Stefanie Ashby will be painted on the wall opposite Frank Sinatra Park. Studnets will do research and create the design. Painting is scheduled to begin in late spring of 2005. The unveiling of the mural will take place on Sunday, May 22.


Thursday, April 14, 2005, 11:00am (raindate: April 15)
Frank Sinatra Walkway

The Toddler's Parade will take place on Thrusday, April 14th (raindate: April 15th) at 11:00am. Line of march takes place at Frank Sinatra Park and goes along the walkway to Pier A Park.


March, 2005
The Hoboken Library

During the month of March, the Hoboken Library will host a display of antique postcards. These postcard views of Hoboken show many landmarks from the turn of the century through the 1930s. You'll see images of the Hoboken Public Library, Church Square Park, City Hall, Demarest High School (before and after the addition of the top floor), and many other places of interest.


Saturday, May 28, 2005, 12:00pm
Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 721 Washington Street

This exhibit will be on display at at times throughout the spring and summer. The exhibit will focus on the achievements of African-American Hobokenites who were the first to break the color barrier in the history of Hoboken in various areas. Opening exhibit program will take place on Saturday, May 28, 12:00pm to 5:00pm. The exhibit will also be open to the public from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday, June 25, and Saturday, July 30, and August 27. For more infomation, contact 201-656-7569 or 201-459-1245.


Saturday, March 5th - opening day reception
Exhibits will be on display throughout the month of February.

Over 10 sites will be involved, including 720 Monroe Arts Center, City Hall, Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Historical Museum, DeBaun Auditorium, Maxwells, and more TBA. All artists who live or work in Hoboken are eligible to participate. Applications are due by September 1, 2004 so that it can be known in advance how many artists will be participating. Art work must celebrate Hoboken or Hoboken's history, and they must be completed no later than December 15, 2004. There is a limit of 3 pieces per artist. Completed works must be submitted on slide or disk. Please mail the application with resume to the Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs, 94 Washington Street.

Volunteers and exhibition sites are needed. Please contact Geri Fallo at 201-420-2207 if you can help.

A printable application to the City-Wide Arts Exhibition can be found here.


If you are interested in getting involved, please call us at 201-420-2207, or via email to

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