From its genesis as a two-square-mile subdivision in 1960, Pembroke Pines has grown into a sprawling residential community comprised primarily of young families. Named for the area’s towering pines, Pembroke Pines remains a panoramic, serene community with little commercial or industrial development. One of the more unique aspects of this bedroom community is the tradition of celebrating the city's birthday each April. Festivities include a parade, fireworks, delicious food, and games and activities for all ages. C.B. Smith Park is one of the region’s largest recreational destinations, offering a host of facilities with an emphasis on water sports. New residents will discover an expansive list of housing options on the market in every price and style, from townhomes and condominiums to single-family homes. Providing a major regional shopping destination, Pembroke Lakes Regional Shopping Center is a mecca of eateries, boutiques, and leading department stores. A variety of respected schools serve the area.