On December 13, 2022, the Leon County Commission accepted the Tallahassee-Leon County Bicentennial Organization Management Plan and adopted a resolution to establish the Tallahassee-Leon County Steering Committee. The year 2024 will mark the 200th anniversary of the Tallahassee-Leon County community.
According to the agenda item, recognition of the milestone will allow for the community to engage in a celebration and for people to learn about Leon County’s and Tallahassee’s rich history and to share visions for the years to come. Organizers are planning for residents to come and share their stories and perspective on Tallahassee through their unique experiences.
Previously, the Board accepted the status report on community planning efforts in September 2019. It was agreed that the celebration would be centered on Tallahassee’s anniversary on March 4th and the County’s on December 29th.
On March 8th 2022, the Board approved the Division of Tourism Strategic Plan to provide “technical assistance, financial and promotional support for the 2024 bicentennial committee and community activities.”
The Division of Tourism has engaged in a Bicentennial workgroup that was set in motion by the Mayor’s office to share ideas for the celebrations to come. The Division of Tourism has continued to raise awareness to motivate locals to participate and engage with the upcoming community celebration.
This year is intended to be a planning year for the celebration in 2024. Some of the goals for the Tallahassee-Leon County Bicentennial Organization includes, expanding outreach and education on the 200-year anniversary, providing a leadership structure for 2024, increasing our community’s visibility and encouraging and promoting bicentennial events to take place every month during 2024.
The celebration is scheduled to kick off with an event on December 31, 2023 at Cascades Park.