Decorating with Red, White and Blue beginning around Labor Day (or sooner) is encouraged so that Jacksonville looks beautiful to greet visitors arriving for the celebration. As a convenience, the Sesquicentennial Committee is offering beautiful cotton fabric buntings from Valley Forge Flag Company at affordable prices:
We’re kicking off our momentous celebration with a Community Chorus performance on the steps of The Historic Tomato Bowl! Led by Jacksonville’s Award-Winning Choir Director, Tiffany Hammock, everyone is sure to enjoy this performance!
Kids Patriotic Bicycle Parade
This is a nostalgic throwback to Jacksonville’s 1972 Centennial Parade! Kids should decorate in their best RED, WHITE and BLUE and plan to take to Commerce Street in a free wheeling salute to Jacksonville. All kids are welcome on trikes, bikes, wagons, big wheels, whatever they love to ride! This event will immediately follow the Sesquicentennial Choir performance at the steps of the Tomato Bowl and go towards the overpass and kids rides.
For the Kids
Kids of all ages will find fun rides, games, slides, competitions, art activities, exhibits, interactive learning experiences, face painting, balloon artists, a petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch downtown for a day full of fun and excitement!
Live Music Lineup
•Mayor Randy Gorham and the reunion of Plain Folks with Roland Brown
•The Johnnie Helm Band
•Charles Denman and the East Texas Jazz Orchestra
A Walk Through History
On Sunday, October 16th, you can experience the history of Jacksonville and our historic figures at the walk through history. Community members will be dressed like the historic figures buried in the Jacksonville City Cemetery and will tell the story of their life. You will see our history, your history, come to life!
Downtown Street Festival Co-Chairs
Steering Committee Members
A committee was established in 2021 to plan the Sesquicentennial Celebrations!
Dr. Deborah Burkett
Charlie Mae Esco
You can pick up a Sesquicentennial calendar and book at the Jacksonville Public Library or at the Vanishing Texana Museum for a $10 donation each.