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Route 66 Centennial and Colorado Boulevard 150th Anniversary

Calling all road trippers, history enthusiasts, and adventure seekers! Get ready to embark on a journey through time as we celebrate the iconic Route 66 right here in Pasadena.

The Mother Road

Route 66, also known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, holds a special place in the hearts of travelers worldwide. Established in 1926 as one of the original highways in the US Highway System, this historic route stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica, connecting cities, towns, and communities along its path. In 2026, it will be 100 years since U.S. Route 66 was commissioned on November 11, 1926 as part of the United States’ first federal highway system. (Photo Credit: @WTFrenchie)

Colorado Boulevard's 150 Anniversary

In 2026, Colorado Boulevard will mark its 150th anniversary since the opening of a general store and post office in 1876 at its intersection with Fair Oaks Avenue. Throughout the mid-20th century, it functioned as a primary thoroughfare for travelers. Along this historic route, numerous landmarks stand, including the renowned Pasadena Playhouse, one of the oldest and most esteemed theaters in the nation, and the iconic Pasadena City Hall, a distinguished representation of Mediterranean Revival architecture. Additionally, Colorado Boulevard holds significance as the principal path for the world-famous Rose Parade, drawing in thousands of spectators from around the world. (Photograph by J. Allen Hawkins, Pasadena Museum of History Archives)

Colorado Boulevard looking northeast, 1952. Photograph by J. Allen Hawkins (JAH7438-1), Pasadena Museum of History.

Pasadena's Route 66 Gems

Embark on a nostalgic journey through time by visiting Pasadena, California, to experience the iconic Route 66. Steeped in history and Americana, Pasadena offers a glimpse into the golden era of cross-country road trips. As you traverse this legendary highway, you'll encounter charming diners, vintage motels, and roadside attractions that harken back to a simpler time.


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The Route 66 Centennial Commission Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President which created a commission to recommend activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66

In 2026, the City of Pasadena’s many businesses, organizations and institutions will be celebrating Route 66 and Colorado Boulevard with a series of themed events. See below for a list of events and, if you are an organization planning an event or would like to suggest other content for this website, click one of the links below.


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