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Ann Arbor Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration - January 19, 2024

Archived News Release: December 19, 2023 - The Ann Arbor Bicentennial Committee invites you to join the City of Ann Arbor and Destination Ann Arbor in celebration of Ann Arbor's 200th anniversary with an evening of joy and community spirit. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music, a silent auction, a special poem, and the unveiling of a bicentennial-inspired tile. Members of the media are welcome to attend and document the event.

EVENT DATE: January 19, 2024

TIME: 6- 8 p.m. 

LOCATION: Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

​MASTER OF CEREMONY: The celebration will be hosted by John U. Bacon, a renowned author, speaker, and educator known for his deep connections to Ann Arbor and Michigan. His engaging presence and knowledge of the area's history will add to the evening's festivities.


Join us for an exclusive performance by Aaron Dworkin, an esteemed artist and community leader. Dworkin's contribution, including a special bicentennial poem, is set to be a highlight of the evening, showcasing the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Ann Arbor.


General Public: $50 per person. Proceeds support Ann Arbor's Legacy Projects. The public can purchase tickets at

Media: Complimentary access. Please register through the provided special link. This link grants one non-transferable ticket per media representative:

For more details, visit the event page here:

Destination Ann Arbor is a 501 (c)6 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to elevate economic vitality and connect our communities through the power of travel. ​​

Media Contact Information

Chad Wiebesick
Director of Public Affairs, Destination Ann Arbor
(734) 995-7281
[email protected]

Ann Arbor has 123,851 residents, spans 28.97 square miles and is frequently recognized as a foremost place to live, learn, work, thrive and visit. To keep up with City of Ann Arbor information, subscribe for email updates, and follow the city on Twitter and Facebook. The city's mission is to deliver exceptional services that sustain and enhance a vibrant, safe and diverse community.