Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony
Monday, December 4, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017, will mark Illinois’ 199th birthday and begin a celebration of Illinois becoming the 21st state in the union on December 3, 1818. The yearlong celebration to be held between December 3, 2017, and December 3, 2018, will be our state’s 200th birthday. The Illinois Bicentennial celebration will honor the many ways that Illinois has influenced American history, achievement, culture, innovation, and much more. “Let’s pay tribute to the people, places and things that are being born, built and grown in Illinois every day,” affirms Sue Breese, DeKalb County Historian. The celebration is an once-in-a-lifetime invitation to fall in love with Illinois all over again. “We are so excited as a county to participate in a year of amazing events to celebrate the great state of Illinois in our Bicentennial year” DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski said “2018 will also represent the launch of our DeKalb County Hall of Fame and I am excited for all of the things our Joiner History Room Director and Illinois Bicentennial Liaison, Sue Breese is planning.” Let’s rally our communities and encourage citizens, organizations, businesses, congregations, and cultural and educational institutions to participate in a yearlong celebration. Please join us on Monday, December 4th, at 11:45 a.m., at the DeKalb County Courthouse, for an Illinois Bicentennial flag raising to coincide with ceremonies throughout the state, and kick off a year of celebration!