On Monday, May 17, 2021 the City of Longview will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the adoption of its official charter. Longview residents are invited to join in the fun with mini-celebrations across the City.
“Instead of having one big party, we invite every Longview resident to celebrate with their work, school, family and friends. Sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ Eat cake. Take a photo with a ‘Happy Birthday Longview’ on your business marquee. Just get creative and celebrate with us,” Longview Mayor Andy Mack said.
The City began celebrating its 150th anniversary in early 2020, which corresponded to when Ossamus Hitch Methvin deeded 100 acres of land for the creation of a town along a soon-to-be-constructed railroad line, which became Longview. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many planned events for Longview 150 celebration to be postponed and ultimately canceled.
The May 17, 2021 event celebrating the city’s Charter Date will cap off the sesquicentennial celebration. The City plans to capture the celebration and save information for the Time Capsule, which will be buried later in the year. In addition, the Longview Public Library will archive electronic information.
Residents are invited to visit LongviewTexas.gov/150 and register their celebration plans with the City. Some events may be included in the City’s coverage of the day's celebrations or be visited by City staff/officials.
The most creative celebration will also be recognized and awarded with a Longview 150 prize package. Those sharing photos or videos of their events on social media are encouraged to use the hashtags #Longview150 and #HBDLongview to ensure their celebrations are part of the archive for future generations to look back on.