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Invite your friends, neighbors, classmates, and family for a day of fun in celebration of Jacksonville's 150th birthday!

Downtown Street Festival Activities

Sesquicentennial Community Chorus

 Patriotic Kid's Bicycle Parade 

 Pumpkin Patch

Kid's Rides and Activities 


Live Music  

History Demonstrations 

Local Artisans

Farmers Market 

☆ Shop and Eat Downtown 

Follow the Sesquicentennial Facebook Page to stay up to date on event details!

Deck the town in Red, White, and Blue

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Decorating with Red, White and Blue beginning around Labor Day (or sooner) is encouraged so that Jacksonville looks beautiful to greet visitors arriving for the celebration. As a convenience, the Sesquicentennial Committee is offering beautiful cotton fabric buntings from Valley Forge Flag Company at affordable prices:

Purchase Buntings Here!

October 22, 2022 Celebration

Sesquicentennial Community Chorus

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We’re kicking off our momentous celebration with a Community Chorus performance on the steps of The Historic Tomato Bowl! Led by Jacksonville’s Award-Winning Choir Director, Tiffany Hammock, everyone is sure to enjoy this performance!

Kids Patriotic Bicycle Parade


This is a nostalgic throwback to Jacksonville’s 1972 Centennial Parade! Kids should decorate in their best RED, WHITE and BLUE and plan to take to Commerce Street in a free wheeling salute to Jacksonville. All kids are welcome on trikes, bikes, wagons, big wheels, whatever they love to ride! This event will immediately follow the Sesquicentennial Choir performance at the steps of the Tomato Bowl and go towards the overpass and kids rides.

For the Kids


Kids of all ages will find fun rides, games, slides, competitions, art activities, exhibits, interactive learning experiences, face painting, balloon artists, a petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch downtown for a day full of fun and excitement! 

Live Music Lineup

•Mayor Randy Gorham and the reunion of Plain Folks with Roland Brown

•Michael Knight

•The Johnnie Helm Band

•Blind Pursuit

•Charles Denman and the East Texas Jazz Orchestra

A Walk Through History

On Sunday, October 16th, you can experience the history of Jacksonville and our historic figures at the walk through history. Community members will be dressed like the historic figures buried in the Jacksonville City Cemetery and will tell the story of their life. You will see our history, your history, come to life!

Downtown Street Festival Co-Chairs 

Kathleen Stanfill

Cassie Devillier

Steering Committee Members

A committee was established in 2021 to plan the Sesquicentennial Celebrations!

Sam Hopkins

Tommy Helm

Dr. Deborah Burkett

Cassie Devillier

Tracey Wallace

Charlie Mae Esco

Kathleen Stanfill

Sesquicentennial Swag

You can pick up a Sesquicentennial calendar and book at the Jacksonville Public Library or at the Vanishing Texana Museum for a $10 donation each.

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Cherokee County Historical Commission Jacksonville Sesquicentennial Calendar