Events highlighting the town's history and celebrate the milestone include concerts, carnival, dinners and parade
The members of the Smyrna 250th Anniversary Committee have added more events this year to celebrate the town’s founding in 1768, including carnivals, a tree planting, concerts and a tribute to former mayor George Wright.
Committee Chairman Brooks Keen said the 250th anniversary is being highlighted at existing community events throughout 2018; however, the main celebration will be held from late June to early July. The party begins with restaurant week featuring $17.68 specials, the Smyrna at Night concert June 29, a barbershop quartet June 30, a concert by the Romford Drum & Bugle Corps July 3 followed by what could be the largest Fourth of July Parade and fireworks display the town has ever seen.
“Our hope over the 250th anniversary celebration is to educate the people of the Smyrna area about our rich local history, and what Smyrna has to offer,” said Keen. “We hope to show that over 250 years Smyrna has gone from a crossroads at Duck Creek to a bedroom community, to the bustling town we have today.”
Smyrna Mayor John Embert said the volunteers organizing the celebration are examples of the pride people have in the town and the energy and enthusiasm they have to preserve Smyrna’s history.
“I think it shows why Smyrna is a great place to call home, to have so many people giving of their time to organize a year-long celebration for everyone to enjoy,” Embert said. “We have people who were involved in the 200th anniversary celebration on the committee along with the newer residents in our community all working for the same goal, to educate our residents on the history of our town and also celebrate this milestone in our town’s history.”
HOW TO HELP
The committee has organized fundraisers to help finance the celebrations including the Founders’ Circle donors plaque, a history book which will be available soon, and sales of 250th anniversary merchandise including commemorative hats, shirts and flags at Smyrna Cards & Gifts, 16 S. Main St.
The Founders’ Circle plaque will include the names of all those who donate $250 to the cause. For information on the Founders’ Circle, call Kathy Messer at (302) 242-8436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.