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How should Johnson City celebrate its 150th?

Johnson City Press • Apr 30, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Johnson City will reach an important milestone next year, and city leaders are planning to celebrate with the people who helped make it great — its residents.

The sleepy town was charted on Dec. 1, 1869, making next year its 150th anniversary, or sesquicentennial.

A committee formed by the Johnson City Commission is already planning the birthday bash, and are calling for a nearly yearlong celebration, starting with a New Year's Eve party to ring in the 150th year and ending with a blowout on Dec. 1.

The committee's current frontrunners for marking the milestone include a sesquicentennial fountain in the new King Commons park, murals painted downtown and incorporating festivals, like Blue Plum and Umoja, in the festivities.

However the revelries commence, the party planning committee wants to celebrate the city's history, diversity and major institutions.

With such a broad range of topics to be celebrated and nearly a year to do it, city leaders want to get residents involved in the planning.

So, we want to hear from you: How should Johnson City celebrate its 150th?

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