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Dec 31

Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary!

Posted on December 31, 2019 at 9:57 AM by Thomas Reeves

1870 was the year Modesto was founded – 150 years ago!

As your City Manager, I’m thrilled to share with you the city’s “Modesto150” Program and our planning efforts underway to celebrate the major anniversary in 2020.  I’m excited to announce we will be celebrating throughout the year with a few “Signature Events,” “Community Activities,” and with regular media stories through print and online channels.  

150 Website

The community’s online home for the 150th Anniversary is www.modesto150.com!  Although hosted by the City, it is meant to be a collaborative effort where we post news about upcoming Signature Events and Community Activities.  Any community organization that desires to co-brand their activities for the anniversary year can submit their event through the site, and then have promotional opportunities through the calendar and social media.  A unique historical perspective and an activity Resource Guide (PDF) is also available on the site.  

Several events are already posted, and our committee is constantly reaching out to organizations throughout the City to make them aware of this opportunity.  If you want to join in on the festivities this year, tell us about your event.

Signature Event – Official Celebration

Tentatively scheduled for September 26, this will be the capstone event for the year.  We have heard loud and clear from the community that an event celebrating Modesto’s “homemade and homegrown” would be the most appropriate way of bringing the community together.  We’ve invented this anniversary event as a way to celebrate everything that is truly Modesto, everything that is grown here and built here, and everyone that calls Modesto home.  This event will feature curated homemade crafts, homegrown food and drink, and downhome entertainment.  

Signature Event – Citywide Open House

On May 16, the City will open its doors to City Hall and many of our public facilities for the public to take tours and learn more about our resources, budgets, and services.  This will be an all-hands-on-deck activity for staff, and we will offer a day full of learning and fun for the community.  The public will have an opportunity to take a tour of a water facility, a fire station, a community center, or City Hall.  

Community Activities

Modesto’s diverse businesses and non-profits are active partners in this 150 program, and we’ve developed a way for everyone to have a part in the celebration.  Any organization that has a new or existing event planned for 2020 has the opportunity to co-brand their activities with the City, thus adding to the number of ways the community can support the yearlong party!  By submitting their activities through the Modesto150 website and utilizing the Resource Guide in their planning, community groups can use the new 150 Stamp in their marketing efforts.  

Many organizations go a step further by incorporating the anniversary in their actual event by singing Happy Birthday or offering 150 birthday candles on their cake!  

I’m grateful for the work of our stellar Modesto150 Steering Committee members, who have met monthly since January 2019 to craft this tremendous program.  This effort is gaining a lot of momentum, and the community seems to be rallying around this concept of coming together to celebrate our history, our culture, and our future!