Organizers planning Merced’s 125th birthday party

Organizers will begin planning Tuesday for Merced’s 125th birthday party.

The meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Sam Pipes Conference Room in Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

Organizers are looking for public input and ideas, including a theme for the city's commemoration.

"Merced's rich history is filled with events that have challenged Mercedians to be resilient, hardworking and innovative," organizers said in a letter to the Sun-Star. "During our celebration, we will commemorate times past and embrace our bright future."

Merced was incorporated April 1, 1889, so it will be 125 years old next year. Organizers want to plan a community celebration in the summer, and are calling all residents to be involved in the planning.

The festivities will recognize early events in local history, such as the building of the railroad and the town's incorporation, as well as more recent milestones, like the arrival of UC Merced, organizers said.

The responsibilities of volunteers will vary from leading significant parts of the celebration to taking a lesser role that requires smaller amounts of time and effort, organizers said.

Councilman Mike Murphy and Councilwoman Mary-Michal Rawling are co-chairmen of the celebration.

For more on the planning meeting, call City Hall at (209) 385-6834.