Plans to celebrate Frederick’s 275th anniversary in 2020 are up in the air, with events in the summer and fall still to be decided as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preliminary plans for the celebration were announced in December, with the New Year’s key drop and the city’s Fourth of July celebration among events that were announced later.

“Obviously when we started discussing plans for the 275th, we could not have anticipated this significant impact,” Mayor Michael O’Connor said in an email Friday.

They had planned to have most of their celebrations in the second half of the year, but with the future of public gatherings of any size still uncertain, planning and coordination for those events are still on hold, he said.

The city has also suspended active fundraising that would have been needed to help pay for the events, out of respect for what the city’s business community is going through with the economic fallout of the pandemic, O’Connor said.

He noted that, “regardless of what happens with events, 2020 is still the city’s 275th anniversary, a memorable year now for other reasons. Final decisions on what’s possible are still to be made, but we will try to find appropriate opportunities to celebrate, when the time is right, and with appropriate attention to the life, safety, and health of our residents.”

The city began offering online merchandise in late February.

So far, the most popular item has been a lapel pin, said Beth Gura, the city’s 275th Anniversary coordinator.

The pin sells for $5, and is available along with mugs, bronze coins, T-shirts and sweatshirts.

They also recently added patches to the items available, Gura said.

“While we haven’t been marketing these items over the recent weeks, we will begin to do so in the coming weeks,” Gura said.

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But this would have offered several opportunities for Mayor O’Conman to make self-promoting speeches and try to win votes?! Everyone else is correct, give it up, save money, and reduce the size of the Office of Special Events because there should not be any “special events” that attract large crowds for at least 2-3 years.


Even if you reduce the Office of Special Events, you would still have the Coordinator. Not part of that office...hired just for that event.


I didn’t realize that. Ridiculous waste of money.


#ridiculous waste of money...check out the 35...150k one time for this...99k recurring for that...the recurring theme...need to hire outside...need to train "adults" how to "play well with others"...out of respect for what the city's business community is going through with the economic fallout of the pandemic...they should stop spending taxpayer dollars on the ridiculous waste of money ideas for which they seem to have an endless supply.


I would say most local residents don't participate. These turn out to be tourist events, Cancel and save the money for street repair, Second St would be a great start !




$45k...does this coordinator draw a salary and how much money has she spent on this celebration?


Save the funds, btw, would have been nice to have an extra $45,000 in the coffer though.


Cancel them. That means there will be money to pave streets. Especially the 500 block of Logan Street


No one cares about the 275th anniversary of the City. Just cancel your plans and save the City some money.

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