By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher, Prince William Living
The City of Manassas is turning 150 years old, and the community is gearing up for an exciting celebration. On April 1, 2023, from 2:00 to 7:30 p.m., residents and visitors alike are invited to join in on the festivities taking place at Baldwin Elementary School.
The celebration will feature a packed line-up of entertainment, including a poetry contest, the Pershing’s Own Band, electric violinist Celeste Vee, Carleigh Jane, and the Special Occasions Band. The day will end with a fireworks display that is sure to light up the night sky.
In addition to the musical performances, visitors can also enjoy a range of programs and activities throughout the day. The Manassas Museum will present a Manassas Timeline exhibit, and residents can participate in family-friendly storytelling with Ms. Sheila Arnold, explore the history of the City through hands-on crafts, and help create a Community Collage that will be displayed at the museum later in the year. The Boys & Girls Club will also showcase a 150th video series featuring residents telling their Manassas story.
Foodies won’t be disappointed either, as several food trucks will be on hand to provide a variety of delicious treats. Visitors can choose from Ashton Diner, Cupcake Mafia, Fosters, Hog Shack, La Jarochita, Tummy Yum Yum, and Zandras.
For the young and young at heart, there will be a range of exciting activities, including axe throwing, balloon artists, a balloon pop game, bucket truck rides, a crayon castle moon bounce, an extreme air jumper, face painting, and a rock-climbing wall. Visitors can also get up close and personal with some of the City’s great equipment during the Touch a Truck event.
Parking for the event will be available in Historic Downtown Manassas, with buses picking up from Baldwin Elementary on the Prince William Street side. Handicapped parking is available in the Triangle Lot.
Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay for the fireworks, and don’t forget to stop by the big 150 to take a selfie. This event promises to be a fun-filled day for all, and a great way to celebrate the City of Manassas’s rich history and community spirit.