New Haven Turns 375 Today!

New Haven’s 375th birthday is today. The area was settled on April 24, 1638. A lot has happened since.

The city is celebrating the milestone in a number of ways, none of them as lavish or as hyped as, say, its 350th anniversary celebration, but still a grand old time in honor of a very old city. Tonight (Wednesday, April 24) at around 7 p.m. they’re unveiling, or rather switching on, a laser-lighting public artwork titled Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven by artist Yvette Mattern. The sculpture sends streams of colored lights into the night sky, and should be visible for miles around East Rock, where the work is erected.

There are a bunch of gatherings around town to view Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven. The official gala, with a $150 admission fee, has been moved from the penthouse floor of Crown Street garage to indoors at Roia restaurant at 261 College Street. Apparently it’s going to be really windy tonight.

On Saturday April 27, the city provides three hours of celebratory activities on New Haven Green. Here’s the latest revised schedule from the city department of Arts, Culture and Tourism (, edited and rearranged by us for typos and clarity:


1 p.m. Future Project’s Duck Bloated Quackers (Stage One)

1:15 p.m.: New Haven Public Schools student performers (Stage Two)

2:05 p.m.: Ukrainian Society (Stage One)

2:15 p.m.: Kenneth Reveiz reciting his poetry (Stage Two)

2:20 p.m.: Contemporary Classical Ballet Theater (Stage One)

2:30 p.m.: Kristen Graves, folksinger (Stage Two)

2:45 p.m.: Esther Golton, folksinger (Stage Two)

3 p.m.: Elm City Dance Collective (Stage One)

3:10 p.m.: Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics, aka INTAKE (Stage Two)

3:30 p.m.: Music Haven’s All Honors Orchestra (Stage One)

3:40 p.m.: Music Haven’s Harmony in Action (Stage One)

3:50 p.m.: TRN Gospel (Stage Two)

4 p.m.: Lancraft Fife and Drum Corps (Stage One)


Demonstrations and Activities