The history of Erie, Pa., and Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry have been and forever will be intertwined, like the fibers of the ropes that hoisted the sails of Commodore Perry’s fleet; Perry’s victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 set a forever-grateful Erie on course to become the proud city she is today.
The Perry 200 Commemoration is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime program of more than 30 events over 18 months designed to commemorate the contributions of Erie to Commodore Perry, and, conversely, the contributions of Commodore Perry to Erie. So overwhelming was the community support for these events that it became necessary to split the commemoration over the course of two seasons, 2012’s “Launch Season” and 2013’s “Sailing Season,” to ensure the most extensive community participation possible.
The “Launch Season” began at 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2012 with an opening ceremony and a coordinated flag raising that ushered in a busy summer schedule of Perry 200 Commemoration events. Each event in the commemoration – whether sponsored solely by the Perry 200 Commission or sponsored in conjunction with one of a dozen community partners – hold broad appeal for every facet of our community.
Interested in learning more about the War of 1812? Check out both the Spring as well as Fall Lecture Series and the Perry 200 Futures Summit at the Jefferson Educational Society, then visit the exhibit on Commodore Perry at the Erie County Historical Society. Or, visit the Blasco Library an “Educational Celebration” certain to captivate both the young and the young-at-heart. Also, be sure to pick up one of several Perry-related publications set for print this year.
Is music more your style? Catch the U.S. Army Band and U.S. Navy Band in Liberty Park, the Star Spangled Banner Salute concert at Mercyhurst University, or the Crosby, Stills, and Nash performance on the shores of Presque Isle. And let’s not forget fireworks – the Picnic in the Park on July 4 will feature a display not to be missed.
Like parades? The “Grand Patriotic Memorial Day Parade” hits Erie’s streets in 2013’s “Sailing Season.” Other 2013 events include a fishing challenge, a community pageant, another round of fireworks, a tall ships festival, and more.
This fantastic schedule of events would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors. Intertwined with prestigious community partners and the Perry 200 Commemoration Commission, these sponsors have helped bring these events to our community just as those ropes that hoisted Commodore Perry’s sails brought a proud past and a bright future to Erie.
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