What to know before attending Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration
Some helpful hints for those planning to attend Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration, September 15, Historic Downtown Richmond on Morton Street. But first things first: The weather promises to be a cool 89 degrees, breezy and sunny. So grab your friends and family and plan to come on down to Morton Street, for there is an awesome event that will be happening, its free, and filled with family fun ! There will be something for everyone, especially those who like to shop!
Be sure and wear walking shoes, for there will be things to see and do and vendors to shop up and down Morton Street between 2nd Street and 5th. All of the vendors will be on the side streets, on both sides of Morton, and with over 100-plus vendors you do not want to miss one.
There are a number of parking areas to choose from, such as the larger open parking lot on the south side of Hwy 90A around the courthouse, old jury parking lot and surrounding areas. There will also be some parking at St. Johns Methodist Church, but entrance is only on 6th Street. There will also be parking on the north side of the railroad tracks in the grassy areas, with entrance to this area from 2nd Street prior to the parade starting at 10:00 a.m. When the parade starts, 2nd will be closed until 11:30 after the parade. There will not be any parking on Calhoun, as the Parade will turn and go back down to LifeCheck Pharmacy.
There will be golf carts taking people to and from their cars. Golf cart pick-ups and drop-offs will be 3rd and Morton; 5th Street and Morton and at the Jury Parking Lot off Hwy 90; west side of the court house and Hwy 90. Also roaming golf carts will stop, if someone waves them down. The carts seat 4-6 people. Arrive early for the Parade and Fashion Show: Those attending the parade, be sure and arrive early and find a good seat along Morton between 7th and 2nd Streets. At 11:00 a.m., the Fashion Show, Fashion through the Decades, will begin near St. John’s Methodist Church and City Hall.
Programs will be distributed, so please be sure to pick-one up, volunteers will be handling them out and they will be available at the HRA booth near City Hall.
Gunfights: There will be gunfights re-enactments and the bank and/or the post office will be robbed, so please know when the gunfights begin, all are safe, it is just part of the show
Cash or Checks
Most of the vendors will take cash and checks. First Community Bank will be opened and Wells Fargo on Morton Street has an ATM.
Stage entertainment begins at noon near City Hall and historical speakers at the Masonic Lodge begin at 11:15. Kevin Black will take the stage at 5:30 with his son, and close with Happy Birthday to Richmond. Trolley Car Historical Tours begin at noon to 5:00 and there are six or seven stops around Richmond. Attendees can take the trolley car for the whole 7-historical site tour, or stop along the way and tour the historical sites, and then the trolley will pick them up when it circles again.
Street performers will be throughout the day and will perform on Morton Street.
Cookie Contest: Please do not forget to drop by First Community Bank and vote for the Best Cookies in Richmond Contest.
Raffle Tickets will be sold at the Information Desk, which is the HRA booth. Volunteers are also asked to check-in at the HRA booth too.
Security and Safety: Richmond Police and the Fire Department will be patrolling throughout the day.
Closing Ceremonies begin at 7:00 p.m. and the Laser Light Show at 7:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
For questions or more information, please call 832.752.9645.
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