On May 8, 1977, GD played one of its legendary shows — one that frequently shows up at the top of the list when Deadheads are discussing the best shows of all time — at Barton Hall at Cornell University.

It’s not clear to me whether Carolyn Peterson, the mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., attended that Cornell show, but she is smart enough to know her history — she’s declared May 8, the show’s 30th anniversary, as Grateful Dead Day in Ithaca.
Here’s the text of the Mayoral Proclamation:

Whereas, the Grateful Dead have been recognized by many highly credible organizations, individuals and entities including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as significantly important and integral to the musical and social fabric of our contemporary culture, and;

Whereas, on May 8, 1977, the Grateful Dead performed in Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University in the city of Ithaca New York, a concert that is widely acknowledged and regarded as a defining and transcendent occasion and example of the art of contemporary musical improvisation, collaboration, musicianship, and performance, and;

Whereas, many tens of thousands of individuals who were not in attendance that night in Barton Hall, have become knowledgeable & familiar with the extraordinary nature of the performance on May 8, 1977, through the trading and sharing of recordings of the show, and;

Whereas, the cultural identity and perceptions of Ithaca as a community, have been informed and bolstered by the widespread acknowledgement of the magic of May 8, 1977, and;

Whereas, it has been said many times by many people that, “there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert”;

Now therefore, be it resolved that as Mayor of the City of Ithaca, and in heartfelt recognition of the thirtieth anniversary of the May 8, 1977, concert performance, I declare May 8, 2007, as Grateful Dead Day in the City of Ithaca.

No word if there will be any kind of official ceremony — like maybe outside Barton Hall at 4:20 p.m. — to mark the occasion.

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