Celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial - 1820-2020

MMA Members,

The Maine Municipal Association likes parties. We want to share your Bicentennial plans, too! Over the next 18 months, MMA will update this section of our website with all kinds of events, updates and fun facts about Maine and its history. We encourage members to send us information and links as towns and cities plan to celebrate Maine turning 200. Please send all information via email to: resourcecenter@memun.org.

News and Updates:

The U.S. Postal Service will hold an event on March 15 at the Augusta Armory, during which it will unveil a Maine “forever” stamp celebrating our Bicentennial year of statehood. 

2/18/20 - "Auburn, Lewiston excited to host Maine Bicentennial parade"" (Maine Town & City, Feb. 2020)

2/13/2020 -  "Maine Events: Bicentennial celebrations are scheduled throughout 2020"" (Portland Press Herald)
Dances, concerts, exhibits, chowder cookoffs, historical talks and a film festival are among the special events are planned to mark the 200th anniversary of statehood. 

1/29/2020 - Falmouth gets an early start on Maine bicentennial celebration 

1/6/2020 - State of Maine Bicentennial Parade May 16, 2020
The Maine Bicentennial Parade Committee invites you to consider joining the State of Maine Bicentennial Parade in Auburn and Lewiston on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

For more information about parade participation, please reach out to Sabrina Best, Auburn’s Recreation Director at: sbest@auburnmaine.gov or 333-6611

Additional information is available at www.maine200parade.com

11/7/2019 - Maine Bicentennial Commission awards $145K in community grants
The Maine Arts Commission is administering the grant program. Two additional phases of grant awards are scheduled during the bicentennial commemoration.

The application deadlines are:

  • February 1, 2020
  • June 1, 2020

The Maine Legislature appropriated funding to the Maine Bicentennial Commission for the grants, which will be supplemented by matching funds from private corporations and individuals. The initial round of funding is for $375,000, of which $145,255 has been allotted in this first round. Up to 10 percent of the funds are set aside for small grants of $500 or less, and at least one grant of up to $10,000 will be available in each county.

Details of the Bicentennial Community Grants program and a link to the application form are available on the Maine Bicentennial Commission website, www.Maine200.org under the "Get Involved" section.


10/11/2019Maine 200 celebration prompts planning in Castine

Calling Maine Towns and Cities: Fly the Bicentennial Flag

6/19/2019 – Calling Maine Towns and Cities: Fly the Bicentennial Flag
The Maine Bicentennial Commission (Maine200) kicks off the commemoration of 200 years of Maine statehood with a special event on Friday, July 26, 2019. Gov. Janet Mills will join commission leaders in Presque Isle, Bangor, Portland and Augusta to announce plans for Maine’s 200th anniversary of statehood, and to raise Maine’s bicentennial flag. The commission asks all Maine towns and cities to join Gov. Mills in kicking off the occasion by raising the bicentennial flag at noon on Friday, July 26 in their communities. Bicentennial flags will be available for purchase soon via the www.Maine200.org  MaineMade webstore. Questions? Contact Maine200 Business Manager Bradley Sawyer, bradley.sawyer@maine200.org.


Items of Note

Historical Poster: "Maine: State of Better Living" (Maine Department of Economic Development)


Get Involved

Host an Event:

Planning a special Bicentennial event or program? Post it to the official Maine 200 calendar. Visit www.maine200.org for more information.

If you would like to use the official Maine200 logo for your event and receive a formal letter of endorsement from the Maine Bicentennial Commission, please complete this application and email it to info@maine200.org for consideration.

Market Maine200 Endorsed Products

The Bicentennial Commission will consider endorsing the use of the Maine200 logo on appropriate products, which may be sold via www.maine200.org. To gain approval, marketers must complete a Product Endorsement Application and pay a one-time fee of $200. For details, click here.


Maine Town & City

Links & Resources

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