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Lakewood begins celebrating 50th anniversary


Stacie Oulton
Public Information Officer II

Fifty years ago, diverse and independent neighborhoods accomplished the remarkable task of weaving a community together to make themselves into the City of Lakewood. Today, the city is using traditional and online ways for residents to participate in Lakewood’s 50th anniversary.

Residents can celebrate all year with anniversary activities and giveaways as a special part of Lakewood’s numerous annual festivals such as the Earth Day Celebration in the spring, Big Boom Bash in the summer, Cider Days in the fall and Lakewood Lights during the holiday season – with several other festivals in between.

But there’s no need to wait to celebrate. Visit to join in now.

Online happenings

  • Participate in the digital time capsule: Help make history by telling future residents and leaders what’s important with an entry to the digital time capsule for 2069.
  • Take part in weekly trivia questions about Lakewood.
  • Get social by posting photos and more using #Lakewood50.
  • Receive a prize by completing the historical scavenger hunt.
  • Learn about the “50 Objects for Lakewood's 50th Anniversary” project, making the city’s museum items available for viewing online.

In-person activities
  • Be on the lookout for surprise pop-up parties around Lakewood with cake and giveaways.
  • Visit the Lakewood Heritage Center at 801 S. Yarrow St. every month for a new special exhibit about Lakewood’s incorporation in 1969. Participate in hands-on farming activities, see photos of favorite 1970s restaurants and listen to audio histories of former Lakewood mayors.
  • Check out “Three Views: Contemporary Work by Two Generations of Lakewood Artists Charles Parson, Collin Parson and Devon Parson,” a Lakewood family kicking off the 50th anniversary art exhibition series.
Posted on: Wednesday, January 23, 2019