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Mark Yuma milestone with tunes & tacos

Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert caps centennial fun

YUMA, ARIZONA - Though Yuma's rich history dates back even further, this city on the Colorado River celebrates a BIG birthday this year:  April 7, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of Yuma's charter as a city under the laws of the new state of Arizona in 1914.

Along with the birthday candles, we'll be lighting up new signs on Main Street to welcome folks to the "Gateway of the Great Southwest" -- and kicking off a flurry of centennial celebrations, from proclamation-makin' and time-capsule-sealin' to an ice cream social and barbecue.  You can find out how to join the party at

One big surprise package has already been unwrapped:  The Centennial Music Fest withCreedence Clearwater Revisited and Lonestar will be April 12 at Desert Sun Stadium. You can make it a day of family fun by wrapping in a visit to the Yuma Taco Festival, taking place on an adjoining field. Admission to the Taco Festival is free, music fest tickets are now on sale at Yuma Art Center (254 S. Main St.), Parks and Rec office (City Hall, One City Plaza) and Yuma Civic Center (1440 W. Desert Hills Dr.) or online at

Stay tuned as party plans develop - and watch for special Centennial packages including concert tickets, accommodations, golf and more.  To plan your real Arizona adventure in Yuma, check out or call us toll-free at 800.293.0071.  Our Visitor Info Center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MST seven days a week through the end of May.

Older than we look: Yuma time line highlights
1540 - First European explorers arrive upriver from the Sea of Cortez
1849-50 - More than 60,000 gold seekers cross Colorado River on rope ferry
1857 - First U.S. post office established
1863 - Arizona Territory established under law signed by President Lincoln
1866 - Town site laid out for what's known as Arizona City
1871 - Arizona City incorporated under territorial law
1873 - Arizona City renamed Yuma
1900 - Yuma City Hall built
1912 - On Valentine's Day, Arizona becomes 48th state
1914 - On April 7, Yuma is chartered as city under laws of new state


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Visit Yuma team can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment.  We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."

You can download background and "anytime" materials below; dated press releases appear "most recent first" at left. Call or email us for photos and B-roll video.

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For more information, contact Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 (office), email Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

'Anytime' releases:

Around & about - a quick Yuma overview

Brilliant! Yuma wears 'sunniest' label with pride

Last link in river restoration under way


Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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