Since many of the City of Longview's Sesquicentennial events had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to find a fun way to engage the entire community to safely celebrate our city's 150th birthday.
All businesses, schools, organizations, and families are invited to celebrate the official Charter Date of Longview as a town on Monday, May 17.
We know that creativity abounds in our community, and we are looking forward to hearing about and hopefully seeing what YOU can come up with.
- Decorating windows
- Putting "Happy Birthday Longview: May 17, 1871" on your signs
- Having Office Birthday Celebrations
- Gathering your group together and singing Happy Birthday to Longview and putting it on Social Media
- Assembling your group to spell out a message and using a drone to take footage .... and sending it to the City for posting
- Churches, especially our original / founding churches might celebrate on Sunday, May 16 with "Founders Day Luncheons" or by commemorating former pastors and significant events in their histories.
The City plans to capture the celebration and save information for the Time Capsule to be buried later in the year. The Longview Public Library will archive electronic information.
Use this form to let us know how are you are celebrating Longview's 150th birthday on May 17, 2021 and you may be included in our coverage of the day's celebrations or be joined in your celebration by City staff/officials.
The most creative celebration will also be recognized and awarded with a Longview150 prize package.
Longview 150 Celebrations
Longview 150 Commemorative Screen Print by Jason Butler
Longview is turning 150 and this commemorative screen print by Jason Butler highlights some of the landmarks, businesses and people that have contributed to our successful community history.
Longview 150 Downtown Banners sponsored by One Hundred Acres of Heritage/Longview Main Street
Longview is turning 150 next year and we will be updating our light pole banners in honor of this occasion. One of these banners can be yours to keep when the festivities are over - we are selling them for $100 (at cost). Limited number! Get yours today!
Contact Melida Heien, Main Street Coordinator, at 903-331-1469.
The Longview 150 Planning Committee worked behind the scenes to make preparations for the sesquicentennial birthday celebration with a variety of activities scheduled for January-May 2020. The Longview 150 Celebration is purposefully designed to encourage opportunities for unique participation from area organizations such as schools, civic organizations, businesses, and churches.
The Gregg County Historical Museum’s Balloon Sculpture Project is a celebration of Longview’s history and heritage through custom made metal Hot Air Balloons that will be strategically placed around town to celebrate Longview’s Sesquicentennial.