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List of Keys to the City in the United States

This is a list of Keys to the City awarded in the United States.





Jaquiski Tartt July 12, 2016 An NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers. Camp for little kids.

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  • September 22, 2011: Landon Swank, illusionist [4]


Beverly HillsEdit




  • After winning the 1994 U.S Amateur Title, Tiger Woods was presented the key to the city of Cypress, his hometown. The ceremony took place at Cypress Golf Club.
  • After being selected on the list of 100 most influential people in Orange County, Calif for 2015, 16 year old Dan Ta was presented the key to the city of Cypress, by Mayor Mariellen Yarc at the January 20, 2016 State of the City Luncheon in front of 300 local leaders.


Diamond BarEdit


  • 2008: Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson presented to the Order of the Eastern Star California Worthy Grand Matron the key to the City of Indio for their 100 years of service to the community through volunteerism and unwavering commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of justice.[citation needed]
  • 2011: Mayor Lupē Ramos Watson presents Honorary Mayor Bob Ladiin for his commitment to the City through Volunteerism, Public Safety and Senior Citizen Advocacy.[citation needed]
  • 2013: Mayor Elaine Holmes presents to Mr Alexander Haagan III the key to the City of Indio city for his long standing support of music the arts, culture and community events at his Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.[citation needed]
  • 2015: Mayor Lupē Ramos Watson presents to the Order of the Eastern Star California Worthy Grand Matron the key to the City of Indio for their 100 plus years of service to the community through volunteerism and unwavering commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of justice, and for their 70-year commitment to the City's longest standing community festival the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.[citation needed]


04/30/2015: During Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, Mayor R. Rex Parris presented the Key to the City to Matt Anderson, who was recently named ‘Gateway Teacher of the Year’ by the esteemed national program ‘Project Lead the Way’ (PLTW). Mr. Anderson, a teacher at Joe Walker Middle School, teaches PLTW Gateway courses as part of the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.

“In recognition of your remarkable dedication and enthusiasm in helping to develop our region’s STEM program, and your commitment to serving the young people of our community, we are very proud to present you with the Key to the City, acknowledging your many outstanding achievements, including now being named the Teacher of the Year,” said Mayor Parris. “We know how important the STEM program is to our community, training intelligent young man and women to become engineers, scientists and mathematicians. The young adults whose lives you’ve touched truly represent our future here in the aerospace valley. Congratulations, Matt, on this very prestigious award.”

Project Lead the Way is the nation’s leader in K-12 STEM education programs. Each year, its annual California State Conference recognizes three educators throughout the state of California. The Gateway Teacher of the Year award is presented to an educator who instructs middle school students in STEM.

Anderson has been teaching at Joe Walker Middle School for more than twenty-five years. In addition to teaching, he coaches VEX Robotics and mentors Westside Union School District’s other PLTW programs. His students regard him not only as a role model and inspiration, but also a mentor who helps them succeed in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Long BeachEdit

Los AngelesEdit



San FranciscoEdit





New BritainEdit

District of ColumbiaEdit


Middle to late 1960's Belinda Yvonne Ferrell received the Key to Washington DC by then Mayor Walter E. Washington (the first mayor of the nation's capitol).


Atlantic BeachEdit

  • July 13, 2018: Ambassador Otto F. von Feigenblatt, Ed.D. Ph.D., academic and public intellectual, received the Key to Atlantic Beach from Mayor Ellen Glasser. The Ceremony was held at City Hall and it was attended by local officials and by local law enforcement. [30]


Cape CoralEdit

  • December 13, 2015: Jessica Lynch, Prisoner of War, Private First Class (2001 - 2003), was honored and presented with the key to the city of Cape Coral, Florida by Mayor Marni Sawicki at a private dinner held at the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library with both special and surprise guests in attendance. This was a private event closed to both the public and media.[31]




Fort MyersEdit

  • December 11, 2015: Jessica Lynch, Prisoner of War, Private First Class (2001 - 2003), was honored and presented with the key to the city of Fort Myers, Florida by Mayor Randy Henderson in a ceremony held at Centennial Park. Fort Myers police and firefighters also attended and made presentations of their own to her. This was a public event open to both the public and media.[37]


  • June 21, 2018: Ambassador Otto F. von Feigenblatt, Ed.D. Ph.D., academic and public intellectual, was honored and presented with the key to the city of Homestead by Florida Mayor Jeff Porter in a ceremony held at the City Hall. The Ceremony was attended by prominent community leaders and government officials. [38]

Key WestEdit

  • December 20, 1955: Ethel Waters, singer and actress, was presented with the key to the city on the set of Carib Gold, a film in which she starred.[39]
  • December 28, 1955: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, received the key to the city during a 12-day vacation in Key West.[40]
  • May 22, 1956: Estes Kefauver, U.S. Senator, was given the key to the city while campaigning to be nominated the Democratic presidential candidate.[41]
  • February 23, 1957: Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, received the key to the city and was made honorary chairman of the board of county commissioners.[42]
  • July 14, 2004: Rosie O'Donnell, comedian and LGBT rights activist, was given the key to the city during the inaugural voyage of her cruise line, R Family Vacations.[43]



North MiamiEdit





St. PetersburgEdit



Franklin SpringsEdit


  • 2007: The original Governor's Commission for the City of Milton (Ron Wallace, Brandon Beach, Gregory Mishkin, Dan Phalan and Cecil Pruitt) was awarded the key to the city of Milton in recognition of their work in the creation of the city. They were also presented a proclamation that officially declares December 1 as "Commissioning Day" in honor of their achievements and recognizes the five men as the "Founding Fathers" of the City.[citation needed]





North ChicagoEdit



  • June 22, 2018: Village President Frank DeSimone, Village Manager Evan K. Summers, and Chief of Police Frank Kosman, presented Keys to the Village to Cónsul General Billy Adolfo José Muñoz Miranda and Vice Cónsul Brenda Paz de Ghassemi from the Consulate General of Guatemala.[70]




Des MoinesEdit


Bowling GreenEdit



Baton RougeEdit

Sometime in 1993: David Craig Mastrianni, American Lunatic, All around crazy motherfucker

On a cold winter evening, in 1993, month unknown, David Craig Mastrianni, known to his close personal friends as the Maestro, or Precious, set out on a walk-about through downtown Baton Rouge. With his tight pants and leather jacket, Precious strolled through some of the roughest and toughest parts of downtown Baton Rouge. At 3:23am, Precious heard the voice of God. It wasn't a strong voice, like one would expect to hear from God, but more of a soft whisper, like the whisper of a lover in your ear in the early morning hours when she tells you that the bacon is ready. The voice said the Precious, go North. Still tripping from LSD, Precious went south, then west, then east, then south again, then North. He ended up in the red light district. No stranger to strange, Precious was home. He was bouncing in and out of the bars and clubs like a pinball. The voice rang out again, "David, get it together!" He understood. As he began to walk further, the hair on his back started to stand. it was his spidey senses, they were tingling. He looked down and realized he was peeing on an electrified fence post. He continued on his quest, searching further and further, deeper and longer; for what was the voice leading him to?! Nearly giving up all hope of every understanding the voices in his head, he turned one last corner. He sat squarely on the ground, hands covering his face and decided to give up. He couldn't grasp what the voice was telling him. Then, he heard a faint cry for help. This was a real voice, not just in his head. He was sure. He leaped to his feet and began walking as fast as his tight pants would allow. HELP! The cries got louder. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP! He was certain he was close. Down an alley, across the street, up a fire exit, to the roof of a 12 story building, Precious sprang to action. Leaping from building to building as the cries got closer and closer; and there it was. A Baton Rouge City police officer whaling. Precious, with his underwear now on the outside of his pants, rushed to the officer's aid. "WHAT IS IT FINE SIR" , precious asked as he laid on the ground at the officer's side. "It's an unspeakable tradgedy" the officer quipped. "I'm trained for these situations", responded the eager to assist Precious "They're .. " the officer said, as his voice crackled from raw emotion "THEY"RE WHAT" demanded Precious "They're out of glaze" the officer finally bemoaned as he then fainted to the ground from pure exhaustion.

David, knowing this officer's future, career and blood glucose level were now on the line, sprung to his feet and began sending smoke signals to his dear friend Sean Fairburn, the first Marine in History to earn an Emmy. Sean was busy. He didn't have time for David's shit. Fearing the worst, David took hold of the officer's radio and began shouting that an officer was down. He needed glaze and he needed it now.

Well, that's all it took. Within the next 15 seconds, every law enforcement resource was converging on his location from every corner of the city. City Police, LSP, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's, Mounted patrol, air units, even parking officials. It was a sight to be seen. Each of them running code 3 to get to their fallen brother; all with a dozen glazed donuts in hand. The helicopter got their first. Landed right smack dab in the middle of Airline highway. The pilot, with the blades still whirling, lept from the cockpit, donut in hand and rushed over to David and the fallen officer. Knowing he couldn't make it in time, the pilot threw the donut through the air, while yelling to David.

This is the moment David waited his entire life for. He was never one for sports, but he knew if he didn't catch this flying donut, he fate would be sealed. With one arm wrapped around the officer, and the other working on an artistic masterpiece, David did a back-wards handstand, kicking the donut with his left foot. It bounced off the back of a stray cat, hit a dingo and rolled towards him, (chopper pilot still running in slow-mo in the background). As if the hand of God was moving the rolling donut, it avoided three pot holes, three crackheads, two armadillos and a partridege in a pear tree. Like something from a Hollywood blockbuster, the donut rolled right into the open mouth of the downed police officer, still passed out on the ground. David began forcing the donut down the throat of our downed hero until he gasped for air. HE IS RISEN! David proclaimed, as 452 lawmen and women converged. IT IS A MIRACLE! He proudly exclaimed.

42.34 days later, David was awarded the key to the city for his heroic actions that night. 2 days later, he brought a lawsuit against the city because the key actually didn't open anything and that violated his civil rights.

New OrleansEdit

  • November 21, 2006: Kentucky-New Orleans Architecture Studio was awarded the key to the city of New Orleans for its work on restoration and re-design efforts of Mickey Markey Park in Bywater.[85]
  • April 26, 2007: The Harris County Hospital District was awarded the key to the city in recognition of its efforts to provide health care to Hurricane Katrina evacuees at its Astrodome Clinic in September 2005.[86]
  • June 2008: Atlanta native, R&B Singer Usher awarded the key to the city for his effort and dedication to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.[87]
  • September 25, 2011: Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason was granted the key to the city for his blocked punt against the Atlanta Falcons in the Saints' first home game after Hurricane Katrina.[88]



  • July 13, 2008: moe., a band from upstate New York, was presented the key to the city in recognition of a two-day fundraising concert they organised for the Preble Street Resource Center.[89]
  • June 13, 2014: Evander Holyfield, American Boxer [90]



September 10, 2012: Keys to the city were awarded to eight athletes who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics: swimmers Michael Phelps(Key revoked 2014) and Katie Ledecky, rower David Banks, windsurfer Farrah Hall, cyclist Bobby Lea, field hockey player Katie O'Donnell, kayaker Scott Parsons, and modern pentathlete Suzanne Stettinius.[91]


Plaque from the Key to the City given to Joseph L. Wyckoff for working with the Legislature to petition the annexation of Mount Tom and Smith's Ferry for the city of Holyoke


  • September 29, 1980: Boxer Marvin Hagler was crowned World Middleweight Champion of September 27, and received the key to the city on his return to his hometown.[92]


  • July 21, 1909: Mayor Nathan P. Avery awarded Joseph Lewis Wyckoff the Key to the City, "through whose militant energy the boundaries of their city were so extended by the Legislature of 1909 as to include within them not only himself but the whole of the ancient hamlet known as Smith's Ferry."[93]




  • 1960s: Ann Landers received the key to the city of Albion upon her visit to Starr Commonwealth for Boys.[96]


June, 2018: Jackson 5 members, Michael, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine & Marlon were honored with keys to the city at the Detroit Weekend Music Festival.


Sault Sainte MarieEdit




Las VegasEdit

  • 1999: Lebanese recording artist Fairuz received the key to the city of Las Vegas [108]
  • 2012: Lebanese recording artist Nancy Ajram received the key to the city of Las Vegas.[109]
  • 2014: On November 5, American singer Britney Spears was honored, and received the key to the city of Las Vegas.[110]
  • 2015: professional baseball players Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant received keys to the city of Las Vegas
  • 2016: Professional DJ, record producer, radio personality, and record label executive DJ Khaled received keys to the city of Las Vegas
  • 2016: Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott earn receive keys to the city of Las Vegas after their contributions towards charity
  • 2017: On September 3, Ultralight Team members and creators of Bats & Butterflies LV, Anthony C. Flores and Isaiah J. LaBelle received keys to the city of Las Vegas
  • 2018: On July 6th, UFC president Dana White received keys to the city of Las Vegas [111]

New JerseyEdit

Atlantic CityEdit


  • October 30, 1947: Frank Sinatra, American Singer and Actor.
  • July 6, 1998: Aaron Rosa, drummer of the rock band Palisades.

Jersey CityEdit


  • 2016: Professor Don Jacob, Martial Artist, Grandmaster


New YorkEdit


Mount VernonEdit

New YorkEdit

  • June 27, 1702: Viscount Cornbury was presented the "Freedom of the City".[117]
  • September 1735: Andrew Hamilton received the "Freedom of the City" for his defence of John Peter Zenger.[118][self-published source]
  • February 25, 1902: Prince Henry of Prussia was presented the Freedom of the City during a visit to New York.[119]
  • 1927: The aviator Charles Lindbergh was awarded the key to the city following his record-breaking non-stop flight from New York to Paris.[120]
  • February 5, 2008: The New York Giants players, coaches and owners received keys to the city in recognition of their victory at Super Bowl XLII. Presentation took place at City Hall after a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan.[121]
  • February 9, 2009: Chesley B. Sullenberger III received the key to the city for safely landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after mid-air faults from a bird collision, saving the lives of all 155 people on board. The First Officer of the Flight, Jeffrey B. Skiles, and flight attendants Sheila Dail, Doreen Welsh and Donna Dent also received keys to the city.[7]
  • May 8, 2009: Captain Richard Phillips and crewman William Rios received keys to the city in recognition of their heroism aboard the Maersk Alabama during the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates.[122][123]
  • November 6, 2009: The New York Yankees players, coaches and owners received keys to the city in recognition of their 2009 World Series victory.[124]
  • October 14, 2010: Ralph Lauren received a key for his philanthropic and economic contributions to the city.[125]
  • November 18, 2011: Regis Philbin received a key to the city to honor his twenty-eight year contribution to New York media.[126]
  • February 7, 2012: The New York Giants players, coaches and owners received keys to the city in recognition of their victory at Super Bowl XLVI. Presentation took place at City Hall after a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan.[127]
  • July 10, 2015: The United States Women's National Soccer Team players and coaches received keys to the city in recognition of their 2015 Women's World Cup victory.[128] The parade was organized on short notice and was the first ticker-tape parade in New York City to honor female athletes since Olympic Athletes in 1984.[129]
  • January 9, 2016: Ray Pfeifer FDNY Firefighter receives the Key to the City of New York for his work to help secure health care for over 80,000 9/11/01 first responders. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law on December 18, 2015
  • March 2, 2016: Rapper Foxy Brown was honored by Mayor Bill de Blasio and awarded the Key to the City.[130][131]
  • June 12, 2017: Rapper Fabolous was awarded the Key to the City of New York during a concert in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.[132]


  • June 3, 2013: The Rochester Knighthawks, a professional lacrosse team [133]
  • April 23, 2016: Beverly Bond, producer, writer, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and celebrity DJ, received a key to the city for her contribution to the African American community by empowering and positively impacting the lives of young Black girls through her organization-Black Girls Rock!


  • August 12, 2007: Dusan Vemic, a professional tennis player on the ATP world tour was given a key to the city in recognition of his fair play and contribution to the sport.

North CarolinaEdit


  • June 20, 2013: Stephen King, author, was awarded the Key to the City at an advance screening of the CBS series Under the Dome, based on a novel by King.[134]

High PointEdit




  • May 26, 2005: Fatty Koo, singers songwriter Music group





Cast Members of TV Show Hot in Cleveland [1]



  • March 18, 2010: Robert Meachem, NFL Football Player.[142]
  • June 27, 2017: Iesha-LaShay Phillips received a key to the city of Tulsa, OK for addressing societal issues and trying to better her city. Mayor Bynum also declared June 27th “Iesha Phillips Day” in Tulsa, Oklahoma. [143][144]



  • July 21, 1960: John T. Scopes was given the key to the city on the 35th anniversary of the Scopes Trial, in which he had been found guilty of teaching evolution in a Tennessee school.[145]





President McKinley Key to the City



Missouri City, TXEdit

  • March 2, 2015 Johnnie Moutra III (Johnny Long), nationally known for co-hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live at his home & winning the grand prize on ABC's hit reality TV show "Here Come The Newlyweds," was awarded key to the city by Mayor Allen Owen for the national recognition he continues to bring to the city.
  • February 10, 2018: Missouri City native rapper Travis Scott was awarded the key by Mayor Allen Owen as a part of the city's annual Black History Month Celebration of Culture and Music.[149]


  • December 13, 2009: M. K. Asante was awarded the key to the city of Dallas by Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway for his work as an author, filmmaker, and professor.[150]
  • February 6, 2011: Michael Vick, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was awarded the key to the city of Dallas by Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway; this proved controversial, as Vick had previously served time in prison for his involvement with an illegal dog-fighting ring.[151]






West Valley CityEdit


Kaysville CityEdit

  • May 31, 2017: Lincoln and Dan Markham, YouTube stars[158]





  • Sept, 2006: MxPx was given the keys to the city of Bremerton by Mayor Cary Bozeman.[160]


  • June 9, 1948: Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, stopped at Spokane while campaigning for re-election, and was given the key to the city.[161]
  • 1980: Ted Nugent, Rock musician, stopped in Spokane during a concert tour, and was given the key to the city by then-mayor Ron Bair.[162]


Green BayEdit


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