2018 Burlington’s 125th Year Celebration

February 13, 2018
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February 13, 2018
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The City of Burlington was incorporated by the North Carolina General Assembly on February 14, 1893, making 2018 Burlington’s 125th year. A year-long celebration of the Quasquicentennial kicks off on February 13 at the Burlington Municipal Building with a lighting ceremony. Remarks and refreshments will take place from 6:oo-7:30pm, including a limited edition “Quasquicentennial” ice cream flavor created for the occasion by Smitty’s Ice Cream. At 6:30pm, the switch will be flipped to light the building in blue and gold to stand as a year-long reminder of the milestone being celebrated. On January 10, led by Senator Rick Gunn and Representative Steve Ross, both the North Carolina Senate and House issued statements honoring the City’s 125th anniversary. Those statements will be presented to the City at the lighting ceremony. Burlington second graders in ABSS schools designed birthday cards to the City highlighting their favorite places in town. The coloring contest winner will also be announced at the lighting ceremony on February 13. The celebrations will continue throughout the year and multiple community organizations plan to contribute to the commemoration of the Quasquicentennial. As events are added throughout the year, updates will be placed on www.Burlington125.com. The community is also invited to join the conversation on social media using #Burlington125. Tagged social media posts will be aggregated on the website. “Burlington’s 125th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the City’s history and get excited about where our city is headed,” said Public Information Officer Rachel Kelly. “It is important that our citizens and merchants embrace the celebration in their own way and many have already expressed plans to do so.” The City extends an invitation to the community to attend the lighting ceremony and reception on February 13th. In preparation for the event, Liam Guarino-Draughn, spelling bee champion at Hillcrest Elementary School, Burlington’s oldest public elementary school, helps us all practice the correct pronunciation of “Quasquicentennial” in this video produced by the City’s Public Information Office.