Philadelphia Honors Kevin Hart

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The City of Brotherly Love has added a new holiday to its calendar. July 6 is now officially Kevin Hart Day.

Philadelphia recently bestowed this honor on the thirty-eight-year-old comedian. Hart was born in Philadelphia on July 6, 1979 and raised in the city by a single mother. His experiences formed the basis of his successful stand-up style.

His career began with a performance at Philly’s Laff House. After a rocky start, it bloomed into the success it is today, with Hart having multiple box office hits and well-reviewed stand-up specials. For the past several years, Forbes has included Hart in its list of highest-paid comedians in the entertainment industry, with Hart taking the number one spot for 2016.

Councilman David Oh introduced the resolution to make July 6 Kevin Hart Day. He, along with Mural Arts Philadelphia, United HealthCare and council president, Darrell Clarke, worked together to produce a mural of the comedian in the North Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up. A family friendly dedication took place at Max’s Steaks.

The first annual celebration featured performers such as DJ Casper and Freeway, as well as family activities. Hart himself made an appearance. He, along with his extended family, watched the celebration before addressing the gathered crowd. He first introduced his family and then thanked everyone present for showing them love and respect.

As the crowd cheered, he thanked them and the city for arranging the event.

Hart will next be seen in the big-screen reboot of “Jumanji,” the 1995 children’s movie that starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. Hart’s version puts a new twist on the classic, with a 1980s console video game taking the place of the board game in the original.

It opens December 20 and costars Dwayne Johnson (aka the Rock), Jack Black and Karen Gillan.