Concord 2025 Executive Committee
The year 2025 will mark the 250th anniversary of the historic battles of Concord and Lexington and 2026 will mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The 200th celebration in 1975 was a grand enterprise attended by President Gerald Ford along with local, national and international dignitaries. To mark these significant anniversaries in 2025 and 2026, the Select Board has established the Concord 2025 Executive Committee. The Committee will:
- evaluate and make recommendations on how the Town should manage the commemoration of these historic events:
- oversee subcommittees created for their various purposes, and to supervise and assist them in their functions;
- sponsor activities which commemorate and celebrate the place of Concord in the history of our nation;
- recognize the influence that the Town and its residents have had on the ideals of liberty, the unity of mankind and our co-existence with the natural and social environment which we inhabit. As the custodians of this place and heritage, it is our responsibility to host a celebration worthy of the events which took place in our Town 250 years ago.
The Executive Committee will coordinate the Town’s events with our sister communities of Lincoln, Bedford, Lexington, and Arlington (Battle Road 2025); Minuteman National Historical Park; Hanscom Air Force Base, the Massachusetts National Guard, local, state, regional and federal agencies, musical, performing and historical re-enactment groups .
PLEASE JOIN US: If you would like to join in the work of the Committee by signing up for one of our Sub-committees such as Arts, Literature & Music; Communications & Publicity, Event Planning; Finance, History & Education , Hospitality & Invitations, Outreach & Coordination, Permanent Memorial and Public Safety. To take advantage of the opportunities available, please send us an email at email@example.com
Minutes & Agendas
Agendas are posted in advance of the meetings. Minutes are posted following approval. View most recent Agendas & Minutes.
|Gary Clayton, Chair||Permanent Memorial|
|Robert Munro, Vice-Chair||Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion|
|John J. Arena III, Secretary||Parade Planning|
|Henry Dane||Select Board|
|Diana Clymer||Arts, Literature & Music|
|Holly Cratsley||Community Participation|
|Patricia Hopkins||Hospitality & Invitations|
|Richard Loughlin, Treasurer||Finance|
|Geoffrey Love, Mass. Air National Guard||At-Large|
|Sue McCrory||Public Ceremonies and Celebrations|
|Diane Proctor||Communications & Publicity|
|Frederick Ryan||Public Safety|
|David Wood||History & Education|
Permanent Memorial - September 27, 2023 - 7 PM
Hearing Room, Town House
Come learn about the evolving plans for the evolving concept for a memorial green space in Monument Square.
Presented by The Concord250th Executive Committee’s Permanent Memorial Subcommittee in conjunction with Landscape Planning & Design Group, Sasaki Associates.
You will also hear of plans to plant 250 Commemorative Trees all around Concord, as well as plans to document the Stories of Concord Veterans.
Permanent Memorial - April 10, 2022 - 7 p.m.
The Permanent Memorial Subcommittee is hosting a public forum on Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center to engage the community in considering ideas for a permanent memorial. The agenda can be found here.
Community Idea Share - November 3, 2022
The CONCORD250 Committee held a Forum on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Forum at the Concord Public Library giving members of the public the opportunity to share their ideas, and expectations; and to ask questions about the plans for this once-in-a-lifetime event celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the fight at the Old North Bridge which led to our independence and beginning the journey to become the greatest democracy in the world. The meeting was attended by 70 in person and 25 via Zoom.
If you missed this event, it is available in its entirety on the Minuteman Media Network at; https://archive.org/details/mmnma-REV250_-_Public_Forum_-_Nov_3_2022
Whether or not you were able to attend, your comments and questions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
For videos of past celebrations, please click the links below
1976 200th Celebration
Historic Videos of Patriots Days