The City of Newport is preparing for a Centennial celebration. In 1918, the village of Newport and Town of West Derby merged into what we now call the City of Newport.
A fun filled celebration begins on June 29, 2018 through July 6, 2018 to commemorate the City’s 100th birthday. This is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to revel in the festivities and ponder the beauty of the area.
There will be a huge number of events planned including exhibitions, a parade, a naval battle reenactment at Prouty Beach, food vendors and much more. The Newport Centennial Parade is planned for June 30th. People of all ages will enjoy the Centennial Birthday Bash in Gardner Park. These are just a few of the events for everyone to take part in. Free admission to the community and open to all ages.
The big finale of the event is Wednesday, July 4, with activities in the park, bed races and an awesome fireworks finish.
Newport City History
History buffs will be delighted to see and enjoy many of Newport City’s remarkable landmarks and historical resources, some of which have been created especially for the Centennial birthday bash.
Collectors can also purchase commemorative bronze and silver coins, specialty envelopes and post marks and an intricate City portrait. Other souvenirs from the event include hats, t-shirts, magnets and drinking glasses.
In honor of Newport’s 100th birthday, Scott Wheeler, the publisher of Vermont’s Northland Journal, has released a new book called “Newport’s Centennial – Voices from a Lakeside Community“, which is the city’s history told by the Vermonter’s who lived it.
More than two dozen residents or former residents of the city share their memories of Newport in an earlier time. In addition to the stories, the 150-plus-page book includes more than 125 historic photos of Newport.
Newport City dresses up for it’s birthday
With the event soon approaching, repairs are being made to two of the city’s iconic clocks. Signs are under construction to promote the event and the Goodrich Library is working hard to prepare historical displays for all to enjoy.
For up-to-date information about the Newport City Centennial Celebration be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page. Many thanks to Laura Dolgin and the City of Newport for the photos used here.
Parade Information for those staying (or planning to stay) at Newport City Inn & Suites or Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites: On Saturday, June 30, the city will close off road links for the duration of the parade – from about 10:00am to 2:00pm. You might want to arrive before 9:00am.