The City of Revere officials led by Mayor Brian Arrigo will commemorate the 125th birthday of Revere Beach on Monday July 12th….
Yes, it was on July 12, 1896 – more than 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was issued and the United States of America became a nation – that Revere Beach became the first public beach in the country.
The Beach landscape has undergone many transformations since that time, none greater than today as spectacular residences have risen on the Boulevard and Ocean Avenue and new residents move into a city that has prospered greatly under the leadership of Arrigo.
Everyone has his/her favorite memory of Revere Beach. Some residents will remember the Frolic Night Club where some of the country’s most famous singers and comedians performed. Others will recall the great amusements and rides that were situated on the Boulevard such as The Cyclone, The Lightning Roller Coaster, The Virginia Reel, The Wild Mouse, The Ferris Wheel, the Roundup, and the Dodgems (bumper cars).
Candlepin bowlers will remember the Nautical Lanes, with a downstairs miniature golf course featuring the steep 18th hole honoring the Statue of Liberty. Pinball enthusiasts will tell you about the great variety of games inside Sandy’s Arcade, including Skeeball and PAC-MAN.
You wanted a great sandwich, slice of pizza, or hot dog? How about the incredible pizza at Bill Ash, Anna’s, or Bianchi’s, the sizzling pepper steak sandwich at Rudolph’s, or the succulent hot roast beef sandwich at Kelly’s (where it all began 70 years ago), or the fantastic foot-long hot dog at Danny’s.
On the momentous occasion of the 125th anniversary, Revere City Councillors Steven Morabito and Patrick Keefe were among the many residents recalling their childhood visits to Revere Beach.