Jacksonville, IL Bicentennial

Honoring 200 Years of Progress

Since the city was first platted in 1825, Jacksonville, IL, has been defined by the pioneers, frontiersmen and revolutionary minds advancing our community into the future while simultaneously honoring those who came before. Two centuries later, that legacy of bold ingenuity lives on through the entrepreneurs, chefs, educators, physicians and outdoor enthusiasts who forge a bright path forward and create brand-new memories that pay homage to a legendary past.

Celebrate our bicentennial with us throughout the year and see how 200 years later, our remarkable past continues to shape the bold, new experiences you’ll discover here.

Calendar of Events

This isn’t just a one-day celebration — the Jacksonville Bicentennial lasts all year long! From live performances to festivals, save the dates for the exciting events planned throughout 2025.

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Jacksonville Bicentennial Gala

Hamilton's Catering Inc 110 N East St, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Enjoy dinner and dancing in celebration of Jacksonville's 200th Birthday!   More information will be announced so keep checking back!!

Jacksonville Illinois 200th Anniversary Bash

Central Park 123 Park Avenue, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Join us downtown on October 4, 2025, as we cap off a year of celebrations for our beloved community's 200th birthday! Plan to spend the entire day downtown, opening the 50-year-old time capsule, taking tours, sampling food, enjoying live music, and much more... check back for more details as the date approaches! Hours TBD.

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Planning a bicentennial-related event? Let us know! Fill out the form and we’ll add your event to our calendar dedicated to the City of Jacksonville’s 200th birthday!

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