List of Keys to the City in the United States

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

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Alabama[edit]

Huntsville[edit]

Mobile[edit]

  • July 12, 2016: Jaquiski Tartt, an NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers. Camp for little kids.
  • September 20, 2017: Nicolas Cage[3]

Alaska[edit]

Kodiak[edit]

Wasilla[edit]

  • September 22, 2011: Landon Swank, illusionist [5]

California[edit]

Beverly Hills[edit]

Coalinga[edit]

  • December 6, 2018: Outgoing Mayor of Coalinga Nathan Vosburg was presented the Key to the City of Coalinga by fellow Councilman Adam Adkisson for all his hard work.

Compton[edit]

Corona[edit]

Cypress[edit]

  • 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.

Danville[edit]

Diamond Bar[edit]

Indio[edit]

  • 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 Lupe 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 Lupe 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]

Lancaster[edit]

April 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 Beach[edit]

Los Angeles[edit]

Oakland[edit]

1979: Musical group The Jacksons received keys to the city of Oakland.

Sacramento[edit]

2017: Chance the Rapper received the Key to the City of Sacramento for his charity-based concert held in the city.

San Francisco[edit]

Stockton[edit]

Watts[edit]

  • May 24, 2019: Grammy-award winner and Watts rapper, Jay Rock received the key to the city of Watts from the Council member of 15th District, Joe Buscaino.[23]

Connecticut[edit]

Hartford[edit]

Middletown[edit]

New Britain[edit]

District of Columbia[edit]

Washington[edit]

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

Florida[edit]

Bradenton[edit]

Cape Coral[edit]

  • 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.[32]

Clearwater[edit]

Doral[edit]

Dunedin[edit]

Fort Myers[edit]

  • 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.[38]

Key West[edit]

  • 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]

Lakeland[edit]

Miami[edit]

  • 1981: Musical group The Jacksons received keys to the city of Miami.
  • 2004: The mayors of Miami-Dade County and the city officially welcomed Shaquille O'Neal and presented him with the keys to the city before a press conference was held in the American Airlines Arena.[45]
  • August 9, 2004: Rap Superstar Lil' Kim was awarded the key to the city of Miami (her place of residence at the time) for her contributions to the world of Hip Hop.[46]
  • August 19, 2009: Miami Commissioner Thomas Regalado presented Armando Perez (aka Pitbull) with the key to the city during a morning ceremony.[47]
  • April 13, 2013: Mayor Matti Bower presented the Key to pop singer Adam Lambert for "being brave enough to be openly gay on American Idol."[48]
  • July 8, 2013: María Corina Machado, Venezuelan opposition leader [49]
  • August 20, 2013: José Sulaimán, president of the World Boxing Council [50]
  • September 15, 2013: Henrique Capriles Radonski, Venezuelan opposition leader [36]
  • October 29, 2018: Trevor Noah receives key to city and official city proclamation declaring October 29, 2018 Trevor Noah Day.
  • August 27, 2019: Mayor Francis X. Suarez presented the Key to the City of Miami to Natalie Martinez.

North Miami[edit]

Ocala[edit]

Orlando[edit]

Pensacola[edit]

Sarasota[edit]

St. Petersburg[edit]

Tallahassee[edit]

  • November 14, 2018: Joshua Quick, awarded key to the city by Mayor Gillum for confronting and attempting to stop a shooter at a yoga studio.

Tampa[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Franklin Springs[edit]

Milton[edit]

  • 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.[59]

Hawaii[edit]

Honolulu[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Chicago[edit]

North Chicago[edit]

Springfield[edit]

Bensenville[edit]

  • 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.[71]

Indiana[edit]

Gary[edit]

  • 2003: Artist Michael Jackson received keys to the city of Gary from Mayor Scott King.

Indianapolis[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Des Moines[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

Bowling Green[edit]

Louisville[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

New Orleans[edit]

  • 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]
  • September 17, 2018: August 21, 2018: Beyoncé and Jay-Z received the key to the city for their philanthropy work and impact on popular culture.[89]

Maine[edit]

Portland[edit]

  • March, 2003: Dr Gerry McKenna, President of the University of Ulster, in recognition of promoting research and economic linkages between Northern Ireland and Maine[90]
  • 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.[91]
  • June 13, 2014: Evander Holyfield, American Boxer [92]

Maryland[edit]

Baltimore[edit]

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.[93]

Massachusetts[edit]

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

Brockton[edit]

  • 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.[94]

Holyoke[edit]

  • 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."[95]
  • April 27, 2018: Mayor Alex B. Morse presented Carmen Yulín Cruz the Key to the City to honor that "in such a time of despair [she] provided a beacon of hope and opportunity for Puerto Ricans".[96]

Worcester[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Albion[edit]

  • 1960s: Ann Landers received the key to the city of Albion upon her visit to Starr Commonwealth for Boys.[98]

Detroit[edit]

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

Flint[edit]

Kalamazoo[edit]

  • December 17, 2018: Julian Ravi Cosmin Borst received the key to the city of Kalamazoo for his awesome running and his three gold medals he won in Seattle Washington for the national games of the Special Olympics from the mayor Bobby J Hopewell

Sault Sainte Marie[edit]

[108]

Nevada[edit]

Fernley[edit]

Las Vegas[edit]

  • 1999: Lebanese recording artist Fairuz received the key to the city of Las Vegas [110]
  • 2003: Artist Michael Jackson received keys to the city of Las Vegas from Mayor Oscar Goodman.
  • 2012: Lebanese recording artist Nancy Ajram received the key to the city of Las Vegas.[111]
  • 2014: On November 5, American singer Britney Spears was honored, and received the key to the city of Las Vegas.[112]
  • 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 6, UFC president Dana White received keys to the city of Las Vegas [113]
  • April 30, 2019: Panic! at the Disco vocalist Brendon Urie received the key to the city of Las Vegas for his accomplishments in music.
  • May 2, 2019: James Holzhauer was awarded a key to the Las Vegas Strip for his success on Jeopardy! and donations to children's charity organizations and other nonprofit organizations in the Las Vegas area.[114]

New Jersey[edit]

Atlantic City[edit]

Hoboken[edit]

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

Jersey City[edit]

Newark[edit]

  • 2016: Professor Don Jacob, Martial Artist, Grandmaster

Paterson[edit]

New York[edit]

Buffalo[edit]

Mount Vernon[edit]

New York[edit]

Keys to New York City 1991
  • 1969: Irish Civil Rights Activist Bernadette Devlin received honorary keys to the city in 1969 from Mayor Lindsay whilst on tour in America to raise money for the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. As the tour came to a close Devlin became disenfranchised with Irish Americans who struggled to see the parallel of the civil rights movement in American with that in Ireland. The following year she gave the key to friend and fellow activist Eamon McCann who presented it to Robert Bay of the Black Panthers on her behalf as a show of solidarity.[124]
  • 1972: Musical group The Jackson 5 received keys to the city of New York from Deputy Mayor Edward Hamilton.
  • 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.[125]
  • June 10, 1991: Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Norman Schwarzkopf after a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan as part of Welcome Home celebration for Desert Storm forces.
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[126][127]
  • November 6, 2009: The New York Yankees players, coaches and owners received keys to the city in recognition of their 2009 World Series victory.[128]
  • October 14, 2010: Ralph Lauren received a key for his philanthropic and economic contributions to the city.[129]
  • November 18, 2011: Regis Philbin received a key to the city to honor his twenty-eight year contribution to New York media.[130]
  • 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.[131]
  • 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.[132] 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.[133]
  • 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.[134][135]
  • June 12, 2017: Rapper Fabolous was awarded the Key to the City of New York during a concert in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.[136]
  • June 26, 2017: Rapper Nicki Minaj was honored by the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and awarded the Key to the City for her outstanding career achievements in music.[137]

Rochester[edit]

  • June 3, 2013: The Rochester Knighthawks, a professional lacrosse team [138]
  • 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!
  • March 19, 2019: John P. Schreiber received the Key to the City of Rochester, N.Y. for his 30 years of dedicated service to the City, culminating as Fire Chief or "Car 1". Under his watch, Rochester became an ISO Class 1 city for fire protection, making the Rochester Fire Department one of the best in the country.

Binghamton[edit]

  • 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 Carolina[edit]

Wilmington[edit]

  • 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.[139]

High Point[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Akron[edit]

Columbus[edit]

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

Toledo[edit]

Cincinnati[edit]

[144]

Cleveland[edit]

Cast Members of TV Show Hot in Cleveland [1]

Warren[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Tulsa[edit]

  • March 18, 2010: Robert Meachem, NFL Football Player.[148]
  • 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 27 “Iesha Phillips Day” in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[149][150]

South Carolina[edit]

Columbia[edit]

  • November 9, 1973: Muhammad Ali then NABF Heavyweight Champion received the key to the City of Columbia from then Mayor John T Campbell in Ali's next two bouts he would go on to beat Joe Frazier & George Foreman.
  • August 21, 2018: Beyoncé and Jay-Z received the key to the city of Columbia, SC for their philanthropy work and impact on popular culture. Mayor Steve Benjamin also declared August 21 "Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Sean Carter Day" in the city.[151]

Tennessee[edit]

Dayton[edit]

  • 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.[152]

Elizabethton[edit]

Memphis[edit]

Nashville[edit]

Texas[edit]

President McKinley Key to the City

Austin[edit]

Denison[edit]

El Paso[edit]

  • September 13, 2018: Recording R&B artist and El Pasoan Khalid earned the key to El Paso, Texas from Mayor Donald “Dee” Margo.

Missouri City, TX[edit]

  • 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.[156]

Dallas[edit]

  • December 13, 2009: M. K. Asante was awarded the key to the city of Dallas for his work as an author, filmmaker, and professor.[157]
  • 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.[158]
  • November 21, 2018: Dirk Nowitzki, basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks, was awarded the key to the city of Dallas by Mayor Mike Rawlings for his professional achievements in his 20 seasons with the organization, as well as his humanitarian contributions.[159]

Houston[edit]

  • 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]
  • 2000: Pramukh Swami Maharaj 5th Spiritual leader of BAPS.[160]
  • Selena 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.[161]
  • Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin has been awarded the Key of Houston.
  • February 15, 2013: Yao Ming was awarded the key to the city of Houston.[162]
  • 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.
  • September 21, 2017: DeAndre Watley, a Houston, Texas born native and resident of Austin, Texas, was awarded the keys to the city by Mayor Sylvester Turner for his great humanitarian work. He is currently a student at Texas State University of San Marcos, Texas that offered free therapy session for families after the wake of Hurricane Harvey which caused the city devastation. He help families learn cooping strategies and ways they can effectively build others up who are in less fortunate situations in life. He assisted over 120 families, met with them in various locations across the city, often renting out conference rooms and office spaces for a period of time to provide an air conditioned environments to provide services that will impact the community at high levels.
  • February 13, 2019: Travis Scott receives the keys to Houston, Texas for being a hometown hero and his efforts to keep Houston on the map.
  • February 24, 2019: The Philadelphia native, Meek Mill, receives the keys to Houston, Texas for his devotion to criminal justice reform and his continuous support of the boys and girls club of Houston.
  • September 22, 2019: Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was awarded the key to the city of Houston by Mayor Sylvester Turner during "Howdy Modi", a political event held at NRG Stadium.[163]

Irving[edit]

Mansfield[edit]

Kingsville[edit]

Utah[edit]

West Valley City[edit]

Ogden[edit]

Kaysville City[edit]

  • May 31, 2017: Lincoln and Dan Markham, YouTube stars[167]

Virginia[edit]

Roanoke[edit]

Washington[edit]

Seattle[edit]

  • 1968: Keys to the city are given to Jimi Hendrix.

Bremerton[edit]

  • Sept, 2006: MxPx was given the keys to the city of Bremerton by Mayor Cary Bozeman.[169]

Spokane[edit]

  • 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.[170]
  • 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.[171]

Wisconsin[edit]

Green Bay[edit]

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