Lehigh County Bicentennial
Lehigh County will celebrate its Bicentennial on March 6, 2012. The county was created 200 years ago during America’s infancy, just as our young nation was preparing to go to war again with Great Britain in the War of 1812.
And, just as those Americans persevered, overcame adversity and prospered the original inhabitants of this county of rolling farmlands and the young city of Allentown built a foundation for the future. During the last two centuries, Lehigh County has welcomed waves of immigrants and continued to grow, becoming a large and diverse metropolitan county with about 350,000 people while still maintaining a quiet charm and rich quality of life.
In recognition of its 200th birthday, a Lehigh County Bicentennial Committee has been formed in conjunction with the Lehigh County Government to plan several events and projects to properly recognize the Bicentennial and to celebrate the county’s history, heritage and the contribution of its residents.
In addition to coordinating and supporting three specific projects, the Bicentennial Committee will be working with community organizations, churches, schools, local governments and historical groups to develop and coordinate a wide variety of activities to recognize the county’s history and heritage during the Bicentennial year. While our commemoration marks the 200th anniversary of the creation of Lehigh County, our celebration will be very much about today -- and the bright future that tomorrow holds for our residents.