The Plaza de César E. Chávez is an urban plaza and park located in Downtown San Jose. The plaza was established when San José moved from its original location on the bank of the Guadalupe River to the current downtown location in 1797. Ever since, it has been in use, making it the oldest public open space in California. It is surrounded by important landmarks such as The Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Museum of Art, City National Civic, and Circle of Palms Plaza that hosts numerous events, including Christmas in the Park and the San Jose Jazz Festival.
From 1849 to 1851, the park was the site of California's capitol, when the California Republic gained American statehood. This capitol became the first one in the state. In 1889, the City Hall of San Jose occupied the center of the park but the government moved it years later nearby on Santa Clara street. The Fairmont San Jose's main tower was built in 1997, while its annex tower was completed in 2002.
The Plaza de Caesar Chavez is situated on more than two acres in downtown San Jose and it regularly attracts visitors with its live music events, as well as crafts fairs, water fountains and an open-air theater. Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving are the times of the year when this place gets more crowded but also when there are more events happening. Food festivals are very popular here because they give everyone the chance to try different cuisines at the same time.
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