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 www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/275. 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.”