Bicentennial Events

It's not too early to mark your calenders for upcoming events celebrating the town of Southbridge Bicentennial in 2016. A committee is already hard at work planning exciting offerings that will not only be entertaining but will showcase the history of our town as well. While more events are certain to be added to this celebration there are several key events already deep in the planning that we would like to tell you about



Grand Ball - Saturday February 13, 2016 

Plan on joining us as we kick off our  year long celebrations just in time for the anniversary of the incorporation of our Town.  The evening will feature fine food and libations followed by dancing to a big band.  Held in the historic heart of our town, it will call to mind the grand celebrations that historically Southbridge was known for. Elegance from the past combined with twenty first century amenities will make this a night to remember and just in time for Valentine's Day. What better way to show your affections for that special someone and your town then to spend it at the Bicentennial Grand Ball.


Southbridge Bicentennial Grand Parade Through History - Saturday May 14, 2016

Be amazed and entertained as our Grand Parade winds it's way through the heart of our town. This extravaganza will begin with the Mummers from Philadelphia reprising their 1966 appearance in our Sesquicentennial Parade and conclude with the fan favorite Shriners who are almost a parade in themselves. In between these two anchors you will be treated to a Parade through Southbridge History. From the earliest beginnings with the Nipmucks before the incorporation of the town follow the development of the town of Southbridge to the present day. In chronological progression watch as we present an unprecedented variety of re-enacment groups, vintage vehicles, bands and famous Southbridgians. Local companies and organizations are being asked to  enter floats that showcase the history and role that they have played making Southbridge  the diverse town that it is. It is our desire to include all and to leave spectators in awe and with a better understanding and appreciation of Southbridge's history. Throw in a few dignitaries and special surprises and this will be the parade that you will not forget.


Explosion of Town Pride  Grand Fireworks Display and Family Celebrations - Saturday August 13, 2016 


We are pleased to announce that through the generosity and hard work of our local Rotary Club we will be literally celebrating with a bang! Watch as they paint the sky with one of the largest display of Fireworks in our town's history.The local Rotarian's are already hard at work planning a event that will delight all. A family event with all the fixin's capped off with a Fireworks Extravaganza to delight children of all ages.  There will be something for everyone. What better way to cap off our Bicentennial Year. Come and show your appreciation for all the hard work and generosity provided by our local Rotary.


Please check back often for more details on these or any other Bicentennial Events.  Information will be added here as it develops.  

Plan on being a part of our upcoming celebrations by either attending our events or consider lending a helping hand and sharing your talents with us. To help out you can contact Special Events Coordinator Jim O'Brien at jobrien@southbridge200.org  or by stopping by one of our Special Event Subcommittee meetings which are held the first Wednesday of each month in the Veteran's Meeting Room in the Town Hall at 7 P.M.