Johnson City 150

Johnson City 150

Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission

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150_logoThe City of Johnson City was founded on Dec. 1, 1869 in Northeast Tennessee, where three railroads — the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, the Clinchfield, and the Southern Railway — converged. This year, the City of Johnson City will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its establishment with a yearlong celebration, and community members are invited to take part in activities to celebrate the City’s past, present and future.

To view a list of the monthly themes click here.  Upcoming events are listed below and will be updated as events are finalized.


  • November 9 Second Annual American Legion Veterans Day Parade. 11 a.m. The Second Annual Veteran's Day Parade will recognize all veterans, their family members, government employees, contractors and other organizations who have served or supported our nation's Armed Forces over the centuries. The parade floats will assemble in ETSU parking lot #9. The parade route begins at the parking lot and heads down West Walnut Street, turns left on Buffalo Street, turns right on East Main Street, turns right on Colonial Way, and turns left on East State of Franklin before ending in the Burley Parking Lot. 
  • November 17 1-3 p.m. Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, will host a recognition ceremony in the Jones Room of the Johnson City Public Library for winners of the sesquicentennial poetry contest.
  • November 17 4 p.m. The Road Home: a Musical Celebration of Johnson City's 150th Anniversary. will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 211 Mayflower Rd. Various  classical and folk musicians from the community will present an evening of sacred music that celebrates a common thread we all share: our beautiful mountain home of Johnson City. Come join together as we celebrate Johnson City's 150th birthday through a variety of musical settings, from gospel bluegrass to classical. The theme revolves around the concept that though we are all different (our backgrounds, our interests, our livelihoods, our family compositions), we are all the same in that we share the same HOME. Attendance is free. 
  • November 30 Black Tie Gala held at Venue at the King Centre. Cotcktail hour starts at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The late party begins at 9:30 p.m. Guests will participate in a birthday toast to Johnson City at midnight. Live music by Lucky Pocket.  Tickets on sale now at
  • December 1 2-4 p.m. Sesquicentennial Celebration Grand Finale. This event is free and open to the public. More details to follow.