375th Celebration Committee

Manchester celebrates it’s 375th Anniversary in 2020! The 375th Committee has been busy planning great activities and events for all ages to enjoy throughout the year.

View meeting agendas and minutes here: http://manchester.ma.us/129/Agendas-Minutes 

For more information, contact Sonja Nathan at manchester375@manchester.ma.us or 978-526-2000.

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375th Anniversary Events

Friday, June 18, 2021 – Town Birthday Celebration at Masconomo Park - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Join us for live music in Masconomo featuring Chris & Joe with special guest Dennis Monagle. Feel free to bring your supper or snacks and enjoy on the lawn.  We will distribute sweet treats to all.  Sign up will be required for treat supply to be adequate. Sign-ups will be available starting June 1st on the town website under Parks and Recreation. www.mbtsrec.com.  Rain date: Saturday, June 19th at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 4, 2021 – Boat Parade in Manchester Harbor – Participating boats will muster outside the harbor starting at 3:00p.m.  Parade will start at 4:00 p.m. with exact route and assigned order of march to be determined with additional details to be made available in early June.   Any questions or to register your boat, please contact Mike Opal at (781) 354-4654, or mopal@live.com.Parade Directions and Schedule

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 – Cape Ann Big Band Concert at Masconomo Park – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Join your friends and neighbors for a great concert at Masconomo Park. Come early and select your spot on the lawn. Pre- registration is not necessary.

Saturday, August 21, 2021 – Movie under the Stars at Masconomo Park. A family friendly Disney Pixar movie will be shown.  Movie will start at 7:30 p.m.  Arrive at Masconomo between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to get your spot.  Feel free to bring supper of a snack to enjoy on the lawn. We will supply sweet treats for all. Pre-registration is necessary for the sweet treat supply to be adequate.  Register after June 1st on the town’s web site under Parks and Registration www.mbtsrec.com  Rain date: August 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – High Tea at Sharksmouth Estate – 2 seatings @ 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. with 60 people at each seating.  Enjoy a high tea experience with harp music in a beautiful setting on the MBTS coastline.  Tickets available in mid-August through Eventbrite and the COA Office.  Tickets $10.00/person. If necessary - Transport to site will be available from Town Hall with ticket purchase.

August and September 2021 – 375th Anniversary Manchester Essex Conservation Trust Scavenger Hunt – Get ready for a special scavenger hunt that combines a bit of Manchester history about conservation with a dose of fun.  Clues will lead you to specific landmarks around town and when completed, report back what you have discovered to receive a memento.   This event will run for multiple weeks. No cost to participate.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 – End of Celebration Parade - Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. from MERHS and follows the traditional July 4th parade route. Parade will feature bands, fire engines and floats.  Can your organization, company or neighborhood get together and enter a float?   We hope so – start planning now!   The parade will feature a large delegation from Shriners and the award-winning Danvers High School Marching Band.  Rain date – Saturday, October 23, 2021

Committee Members

Co Chaired by Tom Kehoe and Sue Thorne
  • Beth Welin (Manchester Historical Museum)
  • Carley Cook (Resident)
  • Carol Bender (Library)
  • Cherrie Lamphear (Resident)
  • Cheryl Marshall (Parks & Rec)
  • Chris Thomas (Resident)
  • Elaine C. Persons (Resident)
  • Erika Brown (Resident/Press)
  • Jim Brown (Local Business)
  • Joe Sabella (Resident)
  • Kate Dainton (Resident)
  • Kerry McKenna (Cape Ann Chamber)
  • Mike Storella (M-E Rotary Club)
  • Miriam McAvoy (Resident)
  • Peter Colarusso (Resident)
  • Rachel Meneades (Library)
  • Sara Collins (Library)
  • Sonja Nathan (Town Administrator's Office)
  • Sue Parker (Manchester Historical Museum)