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60th Anniversary

In 2017, the City of Westminster celebrates our 60th Anniversary! A brief look back at our history, reminds us how far we've come.

In 1957, proceedings began to form a municipality called Tri City, in a proposal to combine three communities into one: Westminster, Barber City, and Midway City. Before the vote, Midway City withdrew from the venture and remains unincorporated today. The citizens ultimately voted for incorporation as the City of Tri City on March 27, 1957.  Several months later an election was held on August 29, 1957 to change the City's name to Westminster. The official date of the City's name change was on September 4, 1957. 

Westminster’s population quickly exploded, reaching 60,000 by 1970. In the 1970s and 1980s a large number of Vietnamese refugees fleeing from conflict in their homeland settled in an area of Westminster and Garden Grove referred to as "Little Saigon." This influx of new immigrants spurred the construction and development of a variety of Southeast Asian businesses, restaurants, and professional services, which establish a new commercial activity center in the city and supported the largest Vietnamese cultural enclave outside of Vietnam.

By the 1990s, Westminster was well-established as a multicultural community with deep roots in Western, Mexican, and Vietnamese histories. Today, Westminster is over 92,000 strong, and is well known as a welcoming community, offering a high quality of life for its residents, property owners, business owners, and visitors.

To mark our 60th Anniversary, we invite you to celebrate the holiday season at our Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 4th at 6:30pm in the Westminster Civic Center.    Visit with Santa, enjoy a treat and be entertained by local performers.  Dress warmly and bring canned goods to donate to those in need this season.  For additional information, please call the Community Services & Recreation Department at 714.895.2860 or email us at