The year 2020 threw the world quite the unexpected curveball…
We won’t go into the messy details — we’re all aware of what went down! When it comes to the wonderful state of Maine, Sunday, March 15th, 2020 held great importance as a once in a lifetime date: Maine’s 200th year of statehood.
Last year, we were fully-stocked and ready to rep-????-re-????-sent our hoME state pride with all kinds of bicentennial swag: from pillows and glassware to all kinds of apparel and accessories. You can still find our (now expanded) selection of bicentennial-themed products, perfect for every proud Mainer and Maine-lover!
But…what happened with the birthday celebration plans?
Maine Bicentennial Commission postponed commemorative events to 2021…THIS YEAR!! The delay has built excitement for events when “the 2-0-7 Turns 2-0-1.”
“While we disappointed that we unable to commemorate Maine’s bicentennial year as planned, we are also excited about coming together in 2021 to celebrate not only 201 years of statehood, but our renewed sense of community and perseverance as we emerge from this trial,” said Sen. Diamond, chairman of the Maine Bicentennial Commission. “We look forward to celebrating and reflecting on the State of Maine when we can all do so safely and joyfully.”
All Maine Bicentennial Commission signature events and programs originally scheduled for the bicentennial year of 2020 have been postponed to 2021. Tentative dates, pending any pandemic restrictions in place at that time, are as follows:
- Maine Statehood Day Ceremony: Sunday, March 14, 2021, Augusta
- State of Maine Bicentennial Parade Presented by Poland Spring: Saturday, May 15, 2021, Cities of Auburn and Lewiston
- Sailing Ships events: Summer 2021 (various dates), ports along the Maine coast
- Maine200 Innovation Expo Presented by Central Maine Power: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, Portland
- Maine 200 Time Capsule sealing ceremony, Fall 2021, Location TBD
Visit www.Maine200.org for updates and details about all programs and events as planning continues into 2021. This website also features videos, history links, school curriculum and other resources for those seeking to reflect on Maine’s bicentennial at any time.
CHEERS TO MAINE’S “201” YEARS!