January – Livingston at 200: Strengthened by Volunteers
The Bicentennial celebration kicks off at the Annual Reorganization and Reception on January 1. We'll celebrate Livingston's tradition of volunteerism and honor our many hard-working volunteers at a Volunteer Fair and special Volunteer Recognition Event as well as at the traditional Day of Service on Martin Luther King’s birthday.
February – Livingston at 200: Honoring our Founders
A reading of Livingston's Charter, recognition of Livingston's long-time families, and a presentation by Governor Kean at Town Hall will be the heart of a Founder's Day event to commemorate the signing of Livingston’s Charter of Incorporation on February 5, 1813. Refreshments will be baked by local bakers using old, colonial recipes. Local businesses will feature the "1813" theme throughout the month.
March – Livingston at 200: Getting Greener
To mark the spring of our bicentennial year, thousands of Bicentennial Daffodils will bloom all around town –at the Memorial Oval, in front of schools, local businesses, houses of worship, and residences. An Environmental Film Festival and other special programs will remind us of Livingston's “green” past and future.
April – Livingston at 200: Fit and Active
Coordinated by Big L and the Sports Council, this month's sports theme will involve many local sports organizations in athletic events and programs on fitness to celebrate the bicentennial.
Also, to mark the actual first meeting of the township government in 1813, a town-wide celebration of First Meeting Day will be held in the high school field house the evening of April 11th. In keeping with Livingston's history as the “home of governors,” Governor Chris Christie will speak. Historical pictures and information will abound!
May – Livingston at 200: Happy Birthday
HCHY (Healthy Community Healthy Youth) and the Memorial Day Parade Committee are creating a fabulous 200th birthday celebration as part of Youth Appreciation Week and the Memorial Day Parade.
June – Livingston at 200: Getting to Know You
An architectural tour of Livingston homes, organized by local realtors , and a bike tour organized by the West Essex YMCA will take us all to places in Livingston we may not have known about and will provide a view of the township that we may not have had before!
July – Livingston at 200: Fireworks and Family Fun
The annual 4th of July celebration is an entire day that's always packed with cars, music, fun, food and fireworks. The Bicentennial theme will add to the fun!
August – Livingston at 200: Community
The annual concerts at the Gazebo (starting in July) will have a bicentennial twist (cotton candy and candy apples?) and the National Night Out will be another occasion for a community get-together.
September – Livingston at 200: Old-Fashioned Fun
Everyone is invited to an old-fashioned, Town-wide picnic (three-legged race, pie-baking contest?) at the Memorial Oval on September 22nd. Organizations will sponsor booths and concessions that recall old-time picnics and that embrace the diversity of Livingston in the 21st century. Entertainment, food, games, and history will all come together for a day our families are sure to remember.
October – Livingston at 200: A Gala Celebration
In addition to the annual Art at the Oval, which in 2013 will have a special bicentennial flavor, there will be a Gala at the Crystal Plaza on October 17 at which a commemorative journal of Livingston history will be unveiled.
November – Livingston at 200: Giving Thanks
The Livingston Clergy Council will coordinate the annual Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service, featuring a community chorus and with emphasis on thanks for two hundred years of community.
December – Livingston at 200: Holiday Lights
As the year comes to an end, the lighting of the Camuso Holiday Collection at the Gazebo will not only mark the culmination of a year of bicentennial celebration but will also be a reminder of our bright future.
Also throughout the year....
Banners and flags – Banners will fly on the Oval and on Livingston Avenue to remind us of the bicentennial.
Historical exhibits – Historical artifacts and pictures will be displayed in businesses, at the library, at schools and in a traveling exhibit.
Public sculpture – Eights sculptures by John Seward Johnson, obtained on loan by the BID (Business Improvement District) will be on display around town from April to October.
“Livingston luminaries” - There will be programs at the library and schools, coordinated with monthly themes, featuring Livingston graduates who have achieved success and are making contributions in their professions.
Public school curriculum – Students will study historical events and places in Livingston and will contribute to the celebratory events.
Organizational observances – Livingston organizations will offer bicentennial programs for their membership and will feature bicentennial events in their calendars.