This year in Philadelphia, residents consistently came together, stood together, and supported one another across our neighborhoods.

Here are 17 of our favorite moments from 2017!

In January, Philadelphians gathered in Philadelphia International Airport to stand together in support of immigrants and refugees.

At the PHL airport, Philadelphians stand together to make it clear: Refugees are welcome in our city.

In February, crews temporarily removed the LOVE statue for restoration before its return to the renovated LOVE Park.

Crews work to temporarily move the LOVE sculpture for conservation on February 15.

In March, Mayor Kenney visited South Philadelphia High School’s “clothing closet” where students can exchange or obtain clothes; it’s one of Philly’s community schools funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.

The Mayor visits South Philadelphia High School, one of the City’s first community schools, to see its “clothing closet” program on March 7.

Also in March, the Mayor visited PHLpreK provider Casa del Carmen; PHLpreK is an initiative funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.

Students enjoy activities at PHLpreK provider Casa Del Carmen on March 27.

In April, Mayor Kenney participated in story time at Smith Memorial Playground.

Mayor Kenney reads to children during story time at the historic Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse on April 12

Later in April, Mayor Kenney visited Elwyn Seeds, another PHLpreK provider, and made time for some Playdough art.

Mayor Kenney makes a play dough nose while visiting Elwyn, a PHLpreK provider, on April 28.

In May, the Mayor visited Tustin Playground in the city’s Overbrook neighborhood; learn more about the City’s Rebuild initiative revitalizing parks, rec centers, and libraries made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.

Mayor Kenney and officials tour Tustin Playground in Overbrook on May 17

In June, students at Stanton Elementary showed Mayor Kenney their community garden after receiving a grant from Recyclebank.

Students from E.M. Stanton Elementary School show Mayor Kenney their community garden after receiving a Green Schools grant from Recyclebank on June 7

Also in June, the City unveiled a redesigned LGBTQ pride flag featuring black and brown stripes to represent LGBTQ people of color. Learn more about LGBTQ rights and protections in Philadelphia in the City’s action guide.

The Office of LGBT Affairs raises the redesigned Pride flag during the Pride Month Kick-Off on June 8.

On July 4th, thirteen immigrant children became U.S. citizens during a ceremony as part of Independence Day celebrations.

Thirteen children become citizens during a naturalization ceremony on July 4th

In August, Philadelphia Police Department officers and neighborhood residents came together citywide as part of National Night Out, an annual event focusing on building police and community relations.

Philadelphia Police officers and community members play a ring toss game during National Night Out on August 1

In September, students, like at Pennell Elementary, returned to school after summer break.

Students at Pennell Elementary enjoy the first day of school on September 5.

Also in September, the City unveiled its statue of local civil rights hero Octavius V. Catto. Mayor Kenney wrote about Catto and his legacy.

Mayor Kenney and Artist Branly Cadet unveil the Octavius V. Catto monument during a dedication ceremony on September 26

In October, Mayor Kenney watched youth spar in the ring after the ribbon cutting of a new boxing gym at Shepard Recreation Center.

Youth spar after the ribbon cutting of the new boxing gym at Shepard Recreation Center on October 4.

In November, the second annual Philadelphia International Unity Cup had its championship at Lincoln Financial Field; this year, Liberia took the title.

Brazilians show off their pride during the Parade of Nations at the Philadelphia International Unity Cup Championship Game on November 11.

Also in November, Mayor Kenney visited local company La Colombe’s coffee roasting facility; the visit was part of the Philly Delivers campaign promoting Philadelphia as a destination for business focusing on talent, livability, and logistics.

Mayor Kenney tours La Colombe’s roasting facility with CEO Todd Carmichael on November 30

In December, Mayor Kenney visited PHLpreK provider Amazing Kidz, one of many providers that experienced progress after becoming part of the program. Learn more about PHLpreK’s progress citywide in the PHLpreK by the Numbers report from the Mayor’s Office of Education.

Mayor Kenney interacts with a student at Amazing Kids, a PHLpreK provider, on December 8.