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Worcester Tercentennial

Worcester Tercentennial

Join us in year-long observances and signature celebrations to commemorate the Tercentennial Anniversary of Worcester.

The municipality, named after Worcester, England, was first established as a town in on June 14, 1722, and later became a city on leap day, February 29, 1848. During the past three centuries, Worcester has evolved from modest but instrumental revolutionary beginnings to a diverse and modern city, the second most populous in New England, rich in innovation, history and culture.

We look forward to celebrating with and among all our residents and showing the world why Worcester is both the Heart of New England and the birthplace of the Smiley Face.

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Tercentennial Weekend Lineup

Friday, June 10

  • 5 p.m. - Tercentennial Weekend Kick-Off Featuring Canal District Stroll and Polar Park Fireworks Featuring Ricky Duran

Saturday, June 11

  • 9 a.m. - Tercentennial Road Race, Downtown Worcester
  • 11 a.m. - Tercentennial Parade & Celebration, Downtown Worcester
  • 12 - 5 p.m. - Tercentennial Festival on the Worcester Common Featuring stART on the Street, Musical Performances, Food Trucks and More!

Sunday, June 12

  • 4 p.m. - Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Special Guest Brian McKnight at the DCU Center
  • 4 p.m. - Tercentennial Family Outing at the Worcester Bravehearts

News & Announcements

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Visit the Worcester Tercentennial website to learn more about all of the exciting events, sign up for newsletter updates, get involved and listen to podcasts for our 300th anniversary!

Tercentennial Website  Facebook

Historical Map of Worcester Snapshot

A History of Worcester in 10 Maps
The City celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. Each of the maps included in this story provides us with a view of Worcester at a particular moment in time.

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