Centennial Committee

Happy 100th Birthday Monterey Park!

May 29, 2016 marks Monterey Park's 100th birthday and we're pulling out all the stops for a year-long celebration filled with fun historic events and activites.


Join the committee and be a part of these extraordinary events, contact Recreation and Community Services at MPK100@montereypark.ca.gov or 626-307-1388.

Committee Meetings

Monthly committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m, at Garvey Ranch Park in the activity room near the observatory. Garvey Ranch Park is located 781 S Orange Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91755.

Centennial Events

Event Date  
Lunar New Year January 30-31, 2016
Essay Contest First quarter 2016
Congratulations to first place winners Andrew De Sevilla, Sharon Hui and Janiece Sarduy. Click on their names to view their winning essays (PDF).
Cherry Blossom Festival April 16-17, 2016
Tour de Monterey Park Community Bike Ride April 16, 2016

Cinco de Mayo May 1, 2016
Play Days Parade and Carnival May 12-15, 2016
Tree memorial May 2016

Sister Cities Dinner May 13, 2016
6 p.m., Ocean Star Rest., Flyer
Centennial coin
May 14, 2016 Now available at the city hall recreation dept., $10 each, (photo).
Art & Culture Gala Evening May 15, 2016
7 p.m., East L.A. College, Flyer
Library Gala and Essay Contest Winners Announced May 19, 2016
Summer Concert #1 at the amphitheater feat. Video Star June 18, 2016
7:30 p.m., Barnes Park, nominal charge. Info: Council Member Teresa Real Sebastian 626-233-6187.
Independence Day Celebration, Free Fireworks Show July 4, 2016
4 p.m., Barnes Park
Concert #2 feat. Disco Kings July 16, 2016
7:30 p.m., Barnes Park, nominal charge. Info: Council Member Teresa Real Sebastian 626-233-6187.
Concert #3 feat. Arroyo Orchestra August 20, 2016
7:30 p.m., Barnes Park, nominal charge. Info: Council Member Teresa Real Sebastian 626-233-6187. More...
Patriot Day September 11, 2016
8:30 a.m., City Hall Front Lawn. More...
Geranium Festival October 8, 2016
Good old fashioned (and lots of new fashioned) fun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Barnes Park. More...
Library Foundation Day at the Races October 15, 2016

Centennial Reflection Dinner-SOLD OUT
October 22, 2016
SOLD OUT. An evening of food and entertainment celebrating music from the last 100 years. 5-9 p.m., Langley Senior Center. More...
Pajama Fun Run/Walk 5K
November 5, 2016
Fun filled event complete with a pajama theme (optional), music, continental breakfast, and gourmet coffee for all registered participants. Info and registration at MPKRUN.com.
Veterans Day November 11, 2016
Short Film Festival
November 15, 2016
Congratulations to our co-winners who tied for the Best of Festival Award: Eon Song for "Hot Pot Love" and Evelyn Xu for "Monterey Park, My 2nd Home." Thanks also go out to our two other finalists Eric Denq for "Monterey Park Trouble" and Theodore Home for "MPK Centennial; Past, Present and Future of MPK." View the four finalists' films on YouTube.
Monument unveiling, time capsule November 29, 2016
City of Monterey Park elected officials past and present, VIPs, local school kids and special guests attended the ceremony to unveil the monument and time capsule. Watch the video on YouTube.
Holiday Snow Village December 2, 2016
6 p.m., Barnes Park. More...


The Centennial Committee wishes to thank its sponsors:

Cascades Level ($25,000)

Agnes Arakawa

Observatory Level ($10,000)

Care1st Health Plan - An affiliate of Blue Shield of California

Garvey Avenue Level ($5,000)


Garfield Avenue Level ($1,000)

Hensley Law Group * Terramar Retail Centers * San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
Camino Real Chevrolet * Garfield Medical Center * KOA Corporation * Every Day Products.

Vertical Banner ($250)

Theresa Amador * MPK Cinco de Mayo Committee * The Citizen's Voice * MPK POA * Gin Family * IHOP * J and C Financial Services * Luminarias/Specialty Restaurants Corp. * Yang and Wang P.C. * Cherry Blossom Committee * Alhambra Unified School District * Mark Keppel H.S. PTSA * The Dhing Family * Historical Society of MPK * Monterey Park Library Foundation * Shepherd of the Hills, UMC * Meher Montessori Schools * American Legion Post 397 * Greater Monterey Park Chamber * Garvey Education Foundation * Asian American Advancing Justice-LA * Alhambra Educational Foundation * Trinity Church * Steven and Kathryn Foster Family Trust * NBC Seafood Restaurant * Monterey Park Woman's Club * MPK Employee-SEIU 721 * Capital Seafood Restaurant * Margaret Leung * Cantonese Culture Association * Monterey Park Hospital * Kim Phuoc Jewelry * Spa Carrera * MP Prajna Buddhist Mission * Monterey Park Library Junior Friends * West Coast Arborists.