Happy Kevin Hart Day, Philadelphia.
Today, of course, marks Philly's first celebration of the holiday, which City Council established in March after approving a measure from Councilman David Oh. In a release at the time, Oh described Kevin Hart Day — held July 6 in honor of the comedian's birthday — as a way to show gratitude to the Philly native for being a "fantastic ambassador for the City of Philadelphia."
"Whether through his hilarious sense of humor or through his heartfelt generosity towards his hometown," Oh said, "Kevin Hart knows how to bring a smile to everyone in Philadelphia."
Which only makes sense, given that Hart is still very much a Philadelphian in fame, even if he did pull down more than $87 million last year to become comedy's highest-paid act.
That career arguably began at the now-closed Laff House, formerly on South Street, where Hart cut his comedic teeth as "Lil' Kev the Bastard" before honing his craft at the advice of fellow Philly stand-up Keith Robinson. Ultimately, the move paid off, with Hart landing breaks in early-2000s television shows and movies like Undeclared and Paper Soldiers.
Hart managed to parlay those breaks into a full-blown empire, complete with stand-up specials, starring roles, sponsorship deals, and even apps. But, still, given his philanthropy to Philadelphia, it seems the comedian never forgot his hometown.
Here, we're rounded up some Philly-specific locations, and explored their connections to Hart — from Max's Steaks and the Belfield Recreation Center to Lincoln Financial Field and City Hall. Enjoy the holiday, folks: