The City of Lomita kicked off its year-long 60th Anniversary celebration this weekend with the Founders Day Celebration event, promising a grand tribute to the visionaries and pioneers who played a crucial role in establishing Lomita.

“Lomita’s 60th anniversary is a time of joy, reflection and community pride,” said Mayor Bill Uphoff. “This event is shaping up to be our largest ever in an effort to bring people together to honor and appreciate the rich history of our town.”

Founders Day festivities took place over two days starting on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and resumed on Sunday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday promised a lively Founders Day celebration, including live music and performances all day long, leading into the fireworks show at 9 p.m. On Sunday, visitors enjoyed live music, vendors and more. To learn more about Founders Day, please visit

The City of Lomita has planned a series of exciting events for the community to enjoy over the next year to commemorate the City’s 60th Anniversary, including the following upcoming events through the remainder of 2024:

  • Movie Under the Stars – Saturday, July 13 and 17
  • National Night Out and Car Show – August 6
  • Summer Concerts – August 9 & 23
  • Cornhole Tournament – September 7
  • Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament – October 3
  • Monster Dash – October 26

Derived from the Spanish term for “little hills,” Lomita was incorporated on June 30, 1964, with its foundations laid years earlier. Initially a small ranch house with a few buildings and dirt roads, the city became a settlement for people from across the United States. In the 1930s, Lomita earned the title of the “Celery Capital of the World.”

Sixty years later, Lomita stands as an exemplary friendly, safe and family-oriented small-town community in Southern California. With a population of just over 20,000, Lomita is a diverse community that continues to grow. The City is renowned for its quaint downtown, beautiful parks, the Lomita Railroad Museum and more, reflecting the spirit of a thriving community. According to a recent resident satisfaction survey, 87% of respondents rated Lomita as a good or excellent place to live, underscoring the City’s wide-appeal.

For more information on Lomita’s 60th Anniversary celebration and upcoming events, please visit and make sure to watch our 60th Anniversary celebration video!