Centennial Events

The Maryland General Assembly granted Bowie the authority to become its own town on April 16, 1916.

One hundred years later, the City of Bowie is proud to celebrate the centennial of the City government. The celebration began with an opening ceremony on Saturday, April 16th at City Hall. It continued throughout the year with a variety of events to entertain and teach about the evolution of Bowie over the years. The Centennial celebration concludes at Centennial Park, behind City Hall, on Saturday, May 5, 2017. 

It's a Wrap!

The Bowie Centennial Committee began planning a yearlong celebration for the 100th anniversary of the City government in early 2015. The group consisted of community members with an interest in history, representatives from the business community, and City staff. Since then they have met several times each month to plan events and share information about Bowie history. Many thanks to those that participated and to those who shared their memories of the bygone days of Bowie.

Highlights of the Centennial Celebration included:

  • Opening ceremony
  • Books about Bowie Day at Belair Mansion
  • Screenings of Belair documentary - Beyond Belair 
  • Ongoing exhibits and displays at city museums and City Hall
  • Centennial Cookbook - "100 Years, 100+ Recipes - Bowie's Culinary Heritage" 
  • Bowie History book - "Images of America - Bowie"
  • Heritage Day 2016
and a host of lectures, programs, and events featuring different aspects of Bowie's history.

Concluding Centennial Event  

Ceremony - Saturday, May 6, 2017, 11 a.m.

All are welcome to participate in a ceremony to conclude our Centennial celebration. The ceremony will include a Police Honor Guard, musical performances by the Northview Elementary School Chorus, and the burial of a time capsule on the grounds of Centennial Park.

Family Fun Fair - Saturday, May 6, 2017, noon to 5 p.m.

  • Free carnival rides for children
  • DJ playing music across the decades of the last 100 years
  • Touch a Truck! Kids (and grownups) can check out some of the really BIG trucks used by the City.
  • Police Department Open House
  • Animals from the Big Purple Barn
  • Old fashioned games
  • Pint sized Preakness Race
Since most of the parking lots at City Hall will be used for this event, please park across the street at Bowie Town Center.

Need more information?

Please contact the City of Bowie Museums office at 301-809-3089 or email museumevents@cityofbowie.org.