City of Worcester announces Tercentenary lineup

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City of Worcester announces Tercentenary lineup

For immediate release: 03/01/2022 09:27

WORCESTER – City officials today announced a preliminary schedule of events for Tercentennial Weekend, which will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Worcester, Mass., on June 10, 11 and 12.

The municipality, named after Worcester, England, was first established as a city on June 14, 1722, then became a city on Leap Day, February 29, 1848. Over the past three centuries, Worcester has evolved from a modest but instrumental city. groundbreaking beginnings of a diverse and modern city, the second most populous in New England, rich in innovation, history and culture.

Led by Mayor Joseph M. Petty and City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., a committee of local businesses and community leaders has planned a calendar of events and sightings throughout 2022 that celebrate the past , the present and the future of Worcester. A highlight of these plans is the Tercentenary Weekend, which includes three days of celebratory events and programming.

“There has never been a more fitting time for a party like the one the Worcester Tercentenary Committee has worked hard to plan,” Augustus said.

Mayor Petty added, “We look forward to celebrating with and among all of our residents and showing the world why Worcester is both the heart of New England and the birthplace of the Smiley Face.

Among the many community collaborations is a partnership with stART on the Street, which will draw on nearly two decades of experience hosting festivals to manage the artist side of the tercentenary festival. stART on the Street has hosted arts, music and cultural festivals in Worcester since 2002. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, stART on the Street will resume operations as a program of Creative Hub Worcester in 2022.

“Returning to stART event planning after the past two years feels like we’re finally getting back to normal,” said Nikki Erskine, director of stART on the Street. “We’re thrilled that our first back-in-action event will not only support local artists and small businesses, but celebrate the city itself at the same time.”

Individuals, groups and businesses can participate in the Tercentenary festivities in a variety of ways, including helping with planning, organizing their own events and celebrations, volunteering, associating and sponsoring. More information about the involvement can be found at

The Tercentenary weekend program includes:

friday june 10
5:00 p.m. Tercentenary weekend kicks off with Canal District walk and Polar Park fireworks

Saturday June 11
10:00 a.m. Tercentenary Road Race, Worcester City Center

11:00 a.m. Tercentenary Parade and Celebration, Worcester City Center

Noon – 5:00 p.m. Tercentenary Festival on Worcester Common Ground with artists, artisans, musical performances, food trucks, and more.

Sunday June 12
4pm Tercentenary family outing at the Worcester Bravehearts

*A very special piece, a signature event of the tercentenary, to be announced soon

The city is pleased to offer free parking in the Worcester City Center municipal car parks and garages for guests attending all Tercentenary events. Additionally, the WRTA is continuing its free admission program, making events accessible to everyone. Public transport is strongly encouraged.

City leaders and partners will recognize Worcester’s tricentennial throughout the year, including a return of the annual Independence Day fireworks display in East Park on June 30, presented by Fallon Health with a twist tercentenary special; an exhibit at the Worcester Historical Museum entitled “Whose Worcester Was It”; and a commemorative book created in collaboration with New England Business Media/Worcester Business Journal which will be released in the fall.

Co-chairs Kate McEvoy, vice president of corporate relations for Umass Memorial Health, and Kimberly Salmon, assistant vice president of community relations for The Hanover Insurance Group, are spearheading Worcester’s tricentennial efforts.

“One thing that’s probably different about this anniversary celebration is the opportunity we have to tell the story of this geographic region from many perspectives,” McEvoy said. “The story is different depending on where you fit into it, and being able to incorporate different perspectives into these projects is exciting.”

Worcester’s Tercentenary is made possible by the city’s vibrant business community. Programming and activities throughout the year are underwritten and sponsored by local businesses, foundations and friends. To learn more about sponsoring the Worcester Tercentennial Celebration, visit

Organizations and businesses are encouraged to download the toolkit and submit their events to the collective calendar that promotes the Tercentennial at

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For additional views on the Tercentennial celebrations, local media personality Hank Stolz hosts a “Tercentennial Talks” podcast, featuring a wide range of guests and local talent. Episodes of this podcast are available at


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