Recognizing the Centennial Year in May


Front Row: Rev. Melinda Witter, Shahina Begg Tammy Bursick Laura Lewis Suzy Feeney Marilyn Black Dussault Carol Ludwig Dr. Jacqueline Warrior
Second Row: Jonnie May Perry Robin Kosky Dr. Bob Howlett Dr. Randy Fullerton Rev. Dan Holloway Rabbi Michael Birnholz Hajj Victor Begg
Back Row: Bruce Knipper Warren Obluck Clint Rahjes Jim Tardi Isabella Tardi Pastor Jack Diehl Rev. Joe Laguardia Percy Perry.  (photo by Lee Orre)

The 100 year celebration for Vero Beach is approaching quickly.  Many activities have passed, some are still happening over the next few months.  And most importantly, many groups of individuals are working towards what the community can expect during the day of Saturday, October 26.  To that end, Finale committee members are seeking volunteers for that special day.  Those that can work on setting up and taking down as well as helping with the morning parade and other activities throughout the day.  This is the time to be in touch with Co-Chair Tammy Bursick at 978-4700 offering your time and manpower!

Under the direction of Centennial Co-Chairs City Clerk Tammy Bursick and Councilman Tony Young, the community is invited to take advantage of any or all of the Centennial activities which represent the city’s history, landmarks, ancestors, organizations, agriculture, education, transportation and the arts through the decades of technical, beautification and architectural advancements. This is an opportunity to share our history, our accomplishments and our people in a very memorable fashion.

Please visit the Centennial website regularly for times, locations and details on all activities.  Event times, dates, locations and descriptions are subject to change.

May 2019  

Centennial Parade Notice       

We are just a few months away until the year-long calendar of Vero Beach Centennial activities conclude and a Finale Celebration is held on the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City.  Saturday, October 26, 2019 is the day the community will come together for a good old-fashioned jubilee in historic downtown Vero Beach…filled with fun, food, entertainment, mingling with friends and family …all following a parade down 14th Avenue!

John Michael Matthews chairs the Centennial Parade, Vero Beach Through The Ages, and invites local organizations, schools, clowns, musicians, and businesses to participant.  The committee is looking for floats, music, live entertainment and other creative ideas to enter the route that begins at 10 a.m. at the Vero Beach High School.

To fill out a participation form online, visit Applications are currently available, deadline is recommended by June 15 and applicants will be notified by July 16. First-come, first-served. Number of participants will be capped at 100.

John Michael Matthews    772-538-2590

Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 1:30-4 p.m. Founder’s Day and Family Day Celebration  

The community is invited to spend Sunday, May 26 at two special beachside Centennial events designed for the entire family:

The Founders Day Centennial Tree Dedication” will be held at MacWilliam Park at 1:30 p.m. The City Tree and Beautification Commission is recognizing the day the City was incorporated in 1919. This event is sponsored by Carlton Fields.

At the program’s conclusion, plan on a short walk over to Riverside Theatre for the “Family Day Celebration” which will run from 2-4 p.m.

A wide array of food will be sold from food trucks while the family is entertained and children enjoy face-painting, games and other special features for the children to participate in. Nearly twenty religious establishments will be represented with informational tables as well as offering additional games for the children. Music will be provided on an outdoor stage by several inner faith groups. Attendees may feel free in bringing their own chairs to relax outdoors to enjoy the day. Programs will be handed out that day so attendees can discover all that is being offered.

For more information on this and other Centennial projects and celebrations, visit the Centennial website  Event times, dates, locations and descriptions are subject to change. For more information on Founders day and Family Celebration, contact Pastor Joe LaGuardia 772-567-4341 or Marilyn Dussault,  


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