photo credit: Marktplatz by Steve Rawls, Fourth of July by Claire McCormack, Oktoberfest by Robbyn Dodd

One hundred and seventy-five years is a long time, and given the significance of our city’s anniversary,
we are hosting a year-long celebration with many organizations marking their role in Fredericksburg’s history.

An entire year of special events and celebrations

MAY 8, 2021 through MAY 9, 2022

A CITY-WIDE CELEBRATION

There will be an opening weekend celebration including a parade on Main Street,
a city-wide worship service, a trail ride, a home and garden tour, cemetery tours, an art exhibition and more.

The final weekend will commemorate the peace treaty signed in 1847 between the Penateka Comanche and the Fredericksburg
settlers led by John O. Meusebach, the only lasting Native American Indian peace treaty!

monthly themes

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May: Lasting Craftsmanship
June: Lasting Traditions
July: Lasting Family Heritage
August: Lasting Stewardship of Land
September: Lasting Education
October: Lasting Health Care
November: Lasting Innovation
December: Lasting Faith

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January: Lasting Service
February: Lasting Leadership
March: Lasting Commerce
April: Lasting Arts and Music
May: Lasting Friendship

Your organization is empowered to make plans!

Within your organization’s annual events, you are invited to tag your events’ promotional pieces with the 175th logo and choose a theme that best exemplifies your organizational mission. Monthly themes are listed above.

For example, PCAA might tag its Oktoberfest promotional pieces with the 175th logo and “Lasting Traditions”. The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce might celebrate 175 years of the business community at its banquet in March 2022 by incorporating the 175th logo and “Lasting Commerce”.

As a city, we’ll also champion these Lasting themes each month, and your organization is invited to create ways of celebrating its chosen theme during the designated month.

Nonprofit organizations and businesses are also encouraged to create and stage new events for the celebration year.

Schools have an opportunity to enjoy local history, adding 175th markings on rockets, sports gear, etc., as well as creating banners, exhibits and events by tagging with the 175th logo and the theme “Lasting Education”.

With us all tagging our promotional pieces with the 175th logo and chosen theme, and incorporating Fredericksburg’s history within our events, we will collectively ensure our anniversary is celebrated on a deserving scale.

It might seem like the celebratory year is far away, but time is flying. We encourage your organization to plan and budget early, and go all-in now to celebrate our upcoming 175th anniversary.

Sincerely,
Tony Klein, 175th Anniversary Chairman

Linda Langerhans, 175th Anniversary Vice-Chairman

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