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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.

Contents

AlabamaEdit

HuntsvilleEdit

MobileEdit

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

Olabode Anise. A Kappa. King of the Mobile Mardis Gras for 2017.

AlaskaEdit

KodiakEdit

WasillaEdit

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

CaliforniaEdit

Beverly HillsEdit

ComptonEdit

CoronaEdit

CypressEdit

  • 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.

DanvilleEdit

Diamond BarEdit

IndioEdit

  • 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]

LancasterEdit

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

StocktonEdit

ConnecticutEdit

HartfordEdit

MiddletownEdit

New BritainEdit

District of ColumbiaEdit

WashingtonEdit

FloridaEdit

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.[27]

ClearwaterEdit

DoralEdit

DunedinEdit

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.[33]

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.[34]
  • 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.[35]
  • May 22, 1956: Estes Kefauver, U.S. Senator, was given the key to the city while campaigning to be nominated the Democratic presidential candidate.[36]
  • 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.[37]
  • 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.[38]

LakelandEdit

MiamiEdit

North MiamiEdit

OcalaEdit

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SarasotaEdit

TampaEdit

GeorgiaEdit

Franklin SpringsEdit

MiltonEdit

  • 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]

IllinoisEdit

ChicagoEdit

North ChicagoEdit

SpringfieldEdit

IndianaEdit

IndianapolisEdit

IowaEdit

Des MoinesEdit

KentuckyEdit

Bowling GreenEdit

LouisvilleEdit

LouisianaEdit

Baton RougeEdit

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.[76]
  • 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.[77]
  • 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.[78]
  • 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.[79]

MaineEdit

PortlandEdit

  • 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.[80]
  • June 13, 2014: Evander Holyfield, American Boxer [81]

MarylandEdit

BaltimoreEdit

September 10, 2012: Keys to the city were awarded to eight athletes who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics: swimmers Michael Phelps 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.[82]

MassachusettsEdit

BrocktonEdit

  • 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.[83]

MichiganEdit

AlbionEdit

  • 1960s: Ann Landers received the key to the city of Albion upon her visit to Starr Commonwealth for Boys.[84]

DetroitEdit

FlintEdit

Sault Sainte MarieEdit

[94]

NevadaEdit

FernleyEdit

Las VegasEdit

  • 1999: Lebanese recording artist Fairuz received the key to the city of Las Vegas [96]
  • 2012: Lebanese recording artist Nancy Ajram received the key to the city of Las Vegas.[97]
  • 2014: On November 5, American singer Britney Spears was honored, and received the key to the city of Las Vegas.[98]
  • 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: Professional DJ and record producer, Tiësto received the key to the city of Las Vegas

New JerseyEdit

Atlantic CityEdit

HobokenEdit

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

Jersey CityEdit

NewarkEdit

  • 2016: Professor Don Jacob, Martial Artist, Grandmaster

PatersonEdit

New YorkEdit

BuffaloEdit

Mount VernonEdit

New YorkEdit

  • June 27, 1702: Viscount Cornbury was presented the "Freedom of the City".[104]
  • September 1735: Andrew Hamilton received the "Freedom of the City" for his defence of John Peter Zenger.[105]
  • February 25, 1902: Prince Henry of Prussia was presented the Freedom of the City during a visit to New York.[106]
  • 1927: The aviator Charles Lindbergh was awarded the key to the city following his record-breaking non-stop flight from New York to Paris.[107]
  • 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.[108]
  • 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.[109][110]
  • November 6, 2009: The New York Yankees players, coaches and owners received keys to the city in recognition of their 2009 World Series victory.[111]
  • October 14, 2010: Ralph Lauren received a key for his philanthropic and economic contributions to the city.[112]
  • November 18, 2011: Regis Philbin received a key to the city to honor his twenty-eight year contribution to New York media.[113]
  • 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.[114]
  • 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.[115] 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.[116]
  • 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

RochesterEdit

  • June 3, 2013: The Rochester Knighthawks, a professional lacrosse team [117]
  • 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!

BinghamtonEdit

  • 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

WilmingtonEdit

  • 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.[118]

OhioEdit

AkronEdit

ColumbusEdit

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

ToledoEdit

CincinnatiEdit

[121]

ClevelandEdit

Cast Members of TV Show Hot in Cleveland [1]

OklahomaEdit

TulsaEdit

TennesseeEdit

DaytonEdit

  • 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.[125]

ElizabethtonEdit

MemphisEdit

TexasEdit

 
President McKinley Key to the City

AustinEdit

DenisonEdit

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.

DallasEdit

  • 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.[128]
  • 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.[129]

HoustonEdit

  • 1990: Maria de Guadalupe Butron Pereda, M.D., professor at the Universidad Veracruzana of Mexico, was awarded the key to the city of Houston for her humanitarian work.[citation needed]
  • Selena Quintanilla was awarded the Key to the city of Houston on April 16, 1994. This was her 23rd Birthday, less than a year before her untimely death.[130]
  • Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin has been awarded the Key of Houston.
  • February 15, 2013: Yao Ming was awarded the key to the city of Houston.[131]
  • October 23, 2015: Mufaddal Saifuddin has been awarded the Key of Houston by Mayor Annise Parker.
  • March 23, 2016: Marvin Odum, retiring President of Shell Oil Company, was awarded the keys to the city by Mayor Sylvester Turner. Odum was a true philanthropist and man of the people, steering the ship through the treacherous waters of $100+ oil.

IrvingEdit

MansfieldEdit

KingsvilleEdit

UtahEdit

West Valley CityEdit

OgdenEdit

VirginiaEdit

RoanokeEdit

WashingtonEdit

BremertonEdit

  • Sept, 2006: MxPx was given the keys to the city of Bremerton by Mayor Cary Bozeman.[136]

SpokaneEdit

  • 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.[137]
  • 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.[138]

WisconsinEdit

Green BayEdit

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