75th Anniversary

2021 marks the City of Pismo Beach's 75th Anniversary of serving its residents, businesses, and the greater community. Officially established on April 25, 1946, after beginning its existence as a gold-rush-era beach community, Pismo Beach was founded on the same principles that we continue to value today—commitment to excellence and integrity. Established in the late 1800s by J. M. Price, a former San Luis Obispo County Supervisor, Pismo Beach’s namesake is the word pismu, meaning tar, that was used by the Chumash people who originally inhabited the area. Pismo Beach soon became known as the “Clam Capital of the World” and came to exemplify the notion of a Classic California beach town. Today, Pismo Beach retains its classic charm and is still known for its iconic Pier, surfing competitions, clam chowder, annual community events, and miles of scenic shoreline. During our 75 years as a city, Pismo Beach and the surrounding community have continually grown to become internationally known as a destination with something to offer every visitor. Nestled between the blue waters of the Pacific and the rolling hills of Wine Country, Pismo Beach has continued to be an innovative and inclusive community that is parallel to none.  We are proud to serve this well-respected community and look forward to celebrating 75 Years in this beautiful city that we call home. Pismo Beach is a small but mighty city that prides itself on its world-class amenities, economic strength, regional partnerships, “Classic California” character, and five-times-accredited Police Department, all of which contribute to the quality of life for its residents, businesses, and visitors. The City of Pismo Beach remains committed to providing a vibrant, safe community for its residents to live and recreate in. While current protocols require modified festivities, there will be opportunities throughout the year to show our appreciation, from the Fourth of July to our Clam Festival, and other smaller ways. You may have noticed that roadways in town have been sun-kissed with banners to commemorate the occasion. Stay tuned to the City’s website for up-to-date information on the 75th Anniversary.

Click here to read about the history of Pismo Beach.

  1. 75th Anniversary Drive-Thru
  2. 75 Years of Pismo Photo Contest
  3. July 4th Celebration
  4. Classic Car Show
  5. 75th Anniversary Gala
  6. 75th Annual Clam Festival

75th Anniversary Drive-Thru Celebration

Come celebrate with the Mayor and Pismo Beach City Council at this community event to start off our 75th Year Celebration! We want to thank 

our residents for all of the support over the past 75 years. Drive-thru our City Hall parking lot and receive a special commemorative treat

from your City Council!

April 23, 2021

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Pismo Beach City Hall, 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach

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