Bicentennial Committee

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Celebrating 200 Years

Ypsilanti’s Bicentennial is coming in 2023! The bicentennial planning committee (Bicentennial City Commission) is hard at work planning a full year of Ypsilanti-inspired events and meaningful community gatherings to recognize Ypsilanti’s 200th anniversary since its incorporation on April 22, 1823. Expect family-fun entertainment, historic-driven happenings, and even a few surprises, including opening the time capsule from the Ypsilanti Sesquicentennial in 1973! 

Three Main Events!

12-31-22 - New Year's Eve Downtown
7-4-234th of July Time Capsule Reveal
8-19-23 - The Official Bicentennial Celebration 

We need the community to help make this celebration a reality! Sign up to Volunteer!

Sponsor Ypsilanti's Bicentennial! 

As Ypsilanti’s Bicentennial approaches, we want celebrations to showcase the culture and community over the last 200 years. Throughout 2023 there will be musical performances, historic-driven happenings, and family-friendly entertainment that reflect on the past and celebrate where we’re going. We’ll even open the time capsule from the Ypsilanti Sesquicentennial in 1973!

The Bicentennial Commission hopes to raise $150,000 to host three events throughout 2023: a New Years Eve Ball Drop, a Fourth of July Picnic and time capsule reveal, and our main event in August to celebrate with area artists, delicious local food, a beer tent, and provide meaningful engagement.

All sponsors will be featured in the Bicentennial book, listed on the back of t-shirts, and listed in the event brochure. Below you can find an appropriate level of sponsorship for you.

Woodruff $10,000 - General sponsorship package, featured on the stage banner, and a full page ad in main event brochure.

Starkweather $5,000 - General sponsorship package, featured on banners at events, and a full page ad in main event brochure.

The Real McCoy $2,500 - General sponsorship package, featured on banners at events, and a half page ad in main event brochure.

Aray $1,000 - General sponsorship package, featured on banners at events, and a quarter page ad in main event brochure.

Norris $500 - General sponsorship package.

Gilbert $250 - General sponsorship package.

Click for Sponsorship Form or scan QR code

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YpsiWrites: Love Letters to Ypsilanti

We're celebrating Ypsilanti’s past as well as the pride, diversity, and heritage of the city today. Join YpsiWrites in writing love letters to and about the city we love so much!

You can write your own love letter to Ypsilanti or use one of the prompts created by YpsiWrites. Postcards with prompts are available at all Ypsilanti District Library branches. Submitted letters and cards may be displayed on YpsiWrites’ website or at events celebrating the bicentennial.

More information such as submission instructions and writing prompts found here.

The regular meetings of the City of Ypsilanti Bicentennial Commission for the year 2022 will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month unless a holiday falls on that date.  The meetings will occur in person at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse(100 Market Place, Ypsilanti, MI 48197).


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