Municipalities around the state are preparing kickoff celebrations for Illinois’ bicentennial year.
State officials have declared a yearlong celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ establishment. Illinois became the 21st state Dec. 3, 1818, with a population of 34,620 residents, according to the bicentennial website.
McHenry County and some of its municipalities will host a flag-raising to start the countdown to the state’s 200th birthday Monday.
McHenry County’s ceremony will take place at noon in front of the McHenry County Courthouse, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock. The ceremony will include the raising of a commemorative Illinois bicentennial flag, according to a news release from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
“The Land of Lincoln has had a profound influence on the history of the United States and the world. For the next year, Illinois will be celebrating the people, places, things and events that make it great,” Franks said in the news release. “We will be joining counties and municipalities across Illinois to start the state’s upcoming 200th birthday in style.”
The city of Woodstock will hold its own flag-raising ceremony at noon Monday at Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St.
“The Illinois bicentennial celebration offers an opportunity for us all to remember the many reasons we call this our home,” Mayor Brian Sager said. “Illinois’ history reflects 200 years of adventurous, innovative and hardworking individuals creating an environment we can all continue to be proud to contribute to for many decades to come.”
Other municipalities around the county will celebrate, including Lake in the Hills. The village’s ceremony will be at noon at the Veterans Memorial located at 600 Harvest Gate, and it will feature a musical performance of patriotic songs and the Illinois State Song by Lee Murdock.