City of Frederick 275 logo

Mayor Michael O’Connor unveiled at a press conference Monday plans for the city of Frederick’s 275th anniversary celebration, slated to take place through 2020.

In addition to events commemorating the year, O’Connor also introduced a logo of sorts for the anniversary, which incorporates much of the logo used for the city’s 250th anniversary, replacing the phrase “So proudly we hail” with “Join the story.” Also of note, O’Connor explained that the American flag will be replaced with the Maryland state flag for the 275th festivities. The logo for the 275th anniversary came at a “nominal” cost to the city, he said, but he was unsure of precisely how much the city spent.

“You almost can’t produce enough merchandise that has the Maryland flag on it,” O’Connor said. “And we want to make it attractive for the people who want to be part of this.”

O’Connor will work alongside his steering committee for planning the 275th events. Among those on the committee are John Fieseler, executive director of Visit Frederick; Chris Haugh, community relations and historic preservation manager at Mount Olivet Cemetery; Jennifer Martin, executive director of Celebrate Frederick; Kari Saavedra, museum manager for Rose Hill Manor; Gayon Sampson, executive assistant to the mayor; and Rick Weldon, president and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. Beth Gura, who coordinated the events for Frederick’s 250th yearlong celebration 25 years ago, will lead the committee.

“I’m over the moon to be back,” Gura said. “This is a dream team of volunteers. I truly look forward to working with all of them.”

O’Connor said that while a handful of activities have been discussed tentatively to commemorate the anniversary, he was holding off on any announcements until the plans are definite. He did, however, explain that he’s looking for the New Year’s Key Drop and the Fourth of July celebration to be among the events on the slate of festivities that will mark Frederick’s 275th year.

Along those lines, the mayor also noted how things have changed between the most recent significant celebration — Frederick’s sestercentennial — and the events planned for 2020.

“We had the opportunity 25 years ago, with the 250th celebration, to really make it a year’s worth of activities,” O’Connor said. “We won’t be quite as ambitious with this sort of mid-half-century year of demarcation, but we do want to make 2020 a special year.”

To achieve as much, the mayor encouraged community members to contact the city to get their events sanctioned as an event commemorating the anniversary. Those interested can learn more at In addition to potential events, O’Connor also said that there will be a line of shirts, pins and coins to mark the anniversary.

“Together, we’ll join the story,” he said, “and it’s going to be wonderful for the city of Frederick.”

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(19) comments

That Guy Garcon

Maybe he should get a picture of this awesome new Monocacy Blvd. bridge and intersection and incorporate it into the logo. For as long as it is taking to get this road done, it will probably be opening in summer of 2020 anyway? They can get these housing developments and buildings up in days, yet can't get the road done within a year of the time frame. I bet if it were a toll road/bridge it would have been open and operating back in Fall of 2018 when it was supposed to be open. Two years for this, I sure hope nothing major happens to any other roads or we may all be sitting for awhile.


275th anniversary? Really? Another logo issue? Really? Can the mayor just take care of the city? Is that too boring for him?


This mayor doesn’t possess the skills or expertise to do anything meaningful. He just wants to do “fluff” like designing unnecessary logos, coming up with meaningless slogans like “Join the Story”, firing longtime employees, developing a worthless 10-year strategic plan, and now wasting money on a 275th anniversary celebration.


Democrats - you need to leash this puppy. This mayor shows up defining what Joing the Story means: Buy stuff. We celebrate by buying stuff - state approved stuff yet. Any chance the state approved stuff is made in the USA? After 275 years of existence - Frederick is boiled down to a product tag effectively defined by another product: Join the Story.

RECOMMENDATION: Since Larry and Ralph have committed Maryland to their answer - in representative democracy - our answer, to climate change: expand the highways, add tolls roads: I would highly recommend you piggy back on that achievement, and brand "Frederick 275" : Drive On In! / Conduzca en! / Sub-tag: Plenty of Parking! / Mucho estacionamiento!.

The history of human transportation as it influences Frederick throughout its 275 existence. Frederick 275. Follow Our Routes / Sigue nuestras rutas.

Added layer: This is a fine place for those "contentious statues" - Imagine their pressence offset with new statues of: in the case of Taney - a bust of Justice Marshall - right across from Taney - the two looking into one anothers eyes - For All Time. I keep thinking of a scultpure of Alvin Alley - dancing around the aristocratic slaver owner - For All Time / Para todo el tiempo. Frederick 275. [hashtag]Frederick275. [hashtag]ForAllTime. /// What do I know? Over simplification is winning.


Is Monocacy Bld bridge open yet?

That Guy Garcon



Crap like this is why I moved out of Frederick.

Alice Jones

Bye! Thanks for leaving.


[thumbup] AJ


Another new logo? I'm surprised the mayor's photo is in front and center. How about we spend money on lowering the exorbitant cost of living in this city.


The mayor is for sure a one term mayor. No competency.


Well, there you have it. Kelly Alzan has spoken. SMH..


Run for office.


I’m not the office type. I don’t see how anyone can work inside full time.


What is your connection with the mayor, and why do you keep defending him?


I’m pretty certain, the design and marketing firm from Florida came up with the idiotic phrase: “Join the Story” (which makes little or no sense). If so, then that’s $45,000 already spent since the “F” logo was soundly rejected by the residents of Frederick.


F the logos, slogans, and hash tags.


Agreed. Will the company from Florida design the shirts, pins, and commemorative coins? This mayor is likely hoping to generate some positive press leading into his efforts to be re-elected, but he will likely be ejected from office.


How about they just save the city's money and focus on things that actually matter?

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