2012 marks anniversary year for Seekonk

May 19, 2012 by  

Seekonk is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding with year-long celebrations in every corner of town, with enough activities to keep flyers and poster printing rolling off the presses in Seekonk print shops all year long.

Since the beginning of the year, area schools have been holding pageants and celebrations honoring Massachusetts First Nations communities and showcasing the musical talents of local residents.

On May 26, the annual Memorial Day Parade will have a special theme with anniversary floats and marching bands complete with color guard and on June 23, The Meadows Park will officially open with a grand celebration just behind the Seekonk Public Library, featuring selections from local church and school choirs. The following day, the Seekonk Lions and the Hearthstone Lions Clubs will sponsor a family chicken barbecue with antique firetruck displays, local bands, and more.

On July 7, McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket will hold Seekonk Night, honoring the anniversary and paying tribute to its history and development with a barbecue for fans and a spectacular fireworks show at dusk. Then, one of the final celebrations of the summer will take place on August 25, when Friends of Seekonk Library will host a Family Barbecue followed by an outdoor movie night in The Meadows Park.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Seekonk as a town in 1812, the Seekonk Historical Commission is offering a commemorative publication. The booklet is full of historical pictures that were donated to the commission, as well as a complete schedule of events for the year. The booklets cost just $5 each and are available for purchase at the Seekonk town clerk’s office.