This year marks the 541th Anniversary of the foundation of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. From its origins on June 24th 1478, first named  El Real de las Tres Palmas (The Royal Town of the Three Palms), the city celebrates the anniversary of its foundation every summer with an intense program of cultural activities and open-air shows in and around Vegueta, the old quarter, and the festivities are completed every Saint John’s Night (Midsummer) the eve of the city’s Birthday, with an impressive display of fireworks on Las Canteras Beach. Locals and visitors gather by the thousands along the beach promenade to enjoy the show and the cheerful ambiance, a unique attraction for visitors who stay in the city during that time.