In 1967, Woodbury Township became a city. This year, city staff, residents and community organizations are working together to celebrate Woodbury's 50th anniversary. This year marks a special opportunity to honor the past, celebrate the present, and look ahead to the next 50 years of growth and community.
Throughout the year, the city will be partnering with organizations such as the Woodbury Community Foundation, Woodbury Heritage Society, and R.H. Stafford Library to recognize the achievements of the past 50 years and celebrate the growth, diversity and future accomplishments that are still to come.
State of the City event
The celebrations will kick off with the State of the City, which Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens will deliver in Central Park Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m., followed by musical performances from the music students at Crosswinds School of Arts and Science and the Woodbury High School Choir. Cupcakes from Dorothy Ann Bakery will be served to celebrate the city's "birthday."
Woodbury Heritage Fair
On Saturday, March 25, the Community Foundation will host a Heritage Fair from 5 to 9 p.m., also in Central Park. This event will allow participants to learn more about the history of Woodbury and enjoy a fun evening with food, music and games for the whole family. More details will be available soon.
Recognition of Woodbury's 50th anniversary will continue throughout the year at other popular community events such as Woodbury Days, the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo, the Fourth of July fireworks and more.
As Woodbury continues to grow, it is important to retain and enhance all the great qualities and characteristics that have attracted so many people here in the first place, while also realizing that 'community' means something different to all of us. The 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to adapt and expand civic pride and identity, and to think creatively about the needs of the community. It also is an occasion to celebrate our predecessors, who built the foundation of where we live, work and thrive today.