Bicentennial Events

Wayne County New York Bicentennial 1823-2023


The following dates and events are open to the public. Updates on these events will be ongoing. Contact the Committee Chairs with questions or interest in hosting an event or participating in any of these events. Thank you for being part of our historic celebration. (subject to change)

April 11 Save the Date

  • April 11, 2023 - FOUNDING DAY CELEBRATION. This is the official date of Wayne County’s establishment as an independent county in New York State. There will be a ceremony in Lyons (the County Seat) to “kick off” the year-long celebration. A program and reception will be held at the Lyons Community Center.
  • May 13, 2023 WAYNE COUNTY BICENTENNIAL GALA at Carey Lake in Walworth. Stay tuned for updates on Gala Tickets and special guests. 
  • August 14-19, 2023 WAYNE COUNTY FAIR with Bicentennial Theme & Special Events each day, sponsored by the Wayne County Bicentennial committee and sponsors. 
    • Monday thru Friday (8/14-8/18) – TORCH RELAY is 5 days of runners carrying the torch approx. 40 miles per day through each Town in Wayne County. It will begin and end at the Wayne County Fair Grounds, Palmyra, NY.
    • Monday thru Saturday - Special events at the Fair. Stay tuned for details.
    • Friday (8/18) - Wayne County Fair Parade
    • Saturday (8/19) - Family Fun Day at the Wayne County Fair to include historical music, re-enactments, demonstrations, displays, games, and hands-on-history for “kids” of ALL ages.

Other Activities, Events, & Celebrations

  • January 29, 2023 – Town of Macedon Bicentennial
  • April 28, 2023 – Arbor Day – Tree planting
  • May 2023 – Apple Blossom Festival & Parade
  • June 2023 – Juneteenth Celebration
  • July 2023 – Independence Day Celebrations
  • July 2023 – Cycle the Erie
  • July 2023 – Peppermint Days in Lyons
  • July 2023 – Walworth Festival in the Park
  • July 2023 - Taste of Wayne County
  • July 2023 – Boat Show at Sodus Bay
  • August 2023 – Clyde Festival
  • August 18, 2023 – Wayne County Fair Parade
  • August 19, 2023 – Wolcott Lions Club Car Show
  • August 31-September 5, 2023 – Towpath Volunteers Host the International Fife & Drum Corp Event
  • September 2023 – Lumberjack Festival in Macedon Center
  • September 2023 – Canaltown Days in Palmyra (including Parade)
  • September 2023 – Sodus Harvest Festival
  • October or November, 2023 – "The 200 Club" Volunteer & Sponsor Recognition Luncheon

We urge Town Committees, Historical Societies, and others to GET INVOLVED with the Wayne County Bicentennial and help us celebrate our history and heritage. PLEASE SHARE your events with the Committee Leadership team, so that we can help promote them.

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