Redwood City Kicks Off 150th Anniversary

Happy New Year Redwood City! This is a big year for our community. 2017 rings in Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial, marking the 150th anniversary of the City’s incorporation. Although Redwood City won’t officially turn 150 years old until May, you’re invited to celebrate all year by attending various events and festivities, visiting our new historic microsite, participating in photo contests and projects and more!

Events and Festivities

Kick off this celebratory year with us at our upcoming City Council meeting on Jan. 9. Starting at 6:15 p.m. a special reception will take place in the lobby of City Hall prior to the meeting at 7 p.m. At the reception guests can mingle with members of the City Council and Sesquicentennial Committee, the latter of which includes City staff and is helmed by community leaders, and get sesquicentennial updates. During the meeting, guests can see award-winning historic artwork by local high school students and enjoy a re-enactment of the City’s first Council meeting on May 18, 1867, performed by Council members and City staff.

Other sesquicentennial events taking place throughout the year include five “Fun in the Park” events at various Redwood City parks with games, crafts, music and more, the official 150th Anniversary Festival and Flower Extravaganza on May 20, a special showing of a historical film about Redwood City played in the Fox Theatre and more. You can learn more about these events and others on our new historic microsite, designed for Redwood City’s sesquicentennial.

Historic Microsite

Explore our historic microsite to learn all about the history of Redwood City. You’ll be transported back in time by:

· Looking through historic photo galleries

· Reading blogs and stories about Redwood City’s past

· Catching up on the latest news and announcements about the sesquicentennial and

· Planning for events listed on our calendar.

Photo Contest

Redwood City is in its 150th year of “official” life and we want to see what that looks like to you today. We will host a year-round photo contest where photographers can submit their photos through social media and be entered to win fabulous prizes! For this contest we want to see what you love about Redwood City! Give a shout out to your favorite businesses, people or events. Strike a pose while showing off your favorite spot in the city or that tasty meal you had downtown. Show us what you love about living, working and playing in Redwood City. Stay tuned for more details coming early next week.

Now and Then Photo Project

The Redwood City Public Library is conducting a photo sharing project January 2017 through June 2017, culminating in a public event recognizing some of their favorite photos. Each month we’ll collect historic and current photos of specific Redwood City locations, allowing everyone to see how these sites have evolved over time. While this project is open community members of all ages, youth and seniors are encouraged to be involved by participating in our photo sharing events and technology workshops where seniors can bring in old photos and youth can help scan them. Seniors can also share stories about historic Redwood City and bond with our younger community members. For more information on this project go here.

Learn More

Want to know more about Redwood City’s sesquicentennial? Visit our historic microsite and explore information. We will also be posting information on our social media pages so make sure to follow us.

Interested in sponsorship or volunteering for the sesquicentennial? Community members looking for ways to participate in the festivities can contact the Sesquicentennial Committee for these opportunities.