On San Jose’s 240th birthday, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Mercury News Columnist Sal Pizarro joined together to launch The Great 408: a campaign to celebrate the gems, history, and culture that make San Jose a great city. 

Each week, we’ll unveil interesting, unique tidbits that we hope will both fuel San Josean pride and inspire others to learn more about the city we call home.

We can’t do it without you, though, and we want to hear what you love about our incredible city. We’ll add public submissions to our weekly reveal to help ensure that The Great 408 remains a community-wide campaign. As our list grows, we hope you’ll share all that’s great in the 408 on social media, using #Great408.

We’re excited to share San Jose’s story, and we hope you join us on this adventure.

Sal and Sam