Celebrations To Take Place In Frederick County Next Year

County Executive Jan Gardner (left), and Co-Chairs of the 275th Anniversary Planning Committee Kari Saavedra (middle) and Heidi Keeney (right).

2023 is the county’s 275th anniversary.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – Frederick County is gearing up for a big celebration next year. County Executive Jan Gardner says the county will be celebrating its 275th anniversary in 2023.

During her public information briefing on Thursday, Gardner said a planning committee has already begun work on putting together events for next year. She says the committee has already come up with a theme for the festivities which is Explore, Connect and Thrive. “Throughout 2023, the campaign will ask people to explore Frederick County’s great entertainment , our parks, our amazing downtown and our charming small towns and villages; to connect with each other and to our past; and to see how Frederick County thrives with an innovative based economy and our high performing schools,”: she says.

As part of her public information briefing, the County Executive unveiled a logo which features the letters “F” and “C” shaped like a key. “You will see this logo on road signs, on merchandise that will available from Frederick County Public Libraries as well as local businesses and at designated events throughout the year,” she says.

Gardner also noted the Key symbol is important partly because Francis Scott Key, who wrote the “Star Spangled Banner,” is one of Frederick County most famous historical figures.

On June 10th, 1748, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to create Frederick County from a portion of Prince George’s County. The legislation took affect in early December, 1748

Gardner says there will be many events held throughout 2023 to celebrate the county’s anniversary. On New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2022, there will be a Key Drop along Carroll Creek in cooperation with the Civitan Club of Frederick County. “On June 10th, the anniversary of the legislation that created Frederick County, we’ll hold a family friendly party at Utica Park. And to mark the day the  legislation took affect in December, we will close out the celebration with a Museums by Candlelight Tour on December 9th,” she says.

Other events are expected to take place next year  to celebrate Frederick County’s 275th anniversary.

For more information on the celebrations you can go on line to www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/275. That webpage  includes a calendar of events, a short promotional video and information on how organizations can apply to become community partners. You can also contact Planning Committee Co-Chairs Heidi Keeney and Kari Saaveda. at 275FrederickCountyMD.gov.

By Kevin McManus