Friday, June 14, 2013

Planning for New Jersey's 350th Anniversary

2014 marks New Jersey's 350th anniversary (1664-2014).  In 1664 James the Duke of York gave the land the today makes up the state of New Jersey to proprietors George Carteret (East Jersey) and John Berkeley (West Jersey).  The two Jersey colonies merged in 1701 to become the royal colony of New Jersey and, of course, the colony became a state in 1776.

Here is how you can get involved in this important anniversary celebration:

Be a Part of New Jersey’s 350th Birthday
Celebrating Innovation, Diversity, Liberty
In 2014, New Jersey marks 350 years of innovation, cultural diversity and commitment to liberty. Join in the year-long celebration of all that makes the Garden State a great place to live, work, learn, go on vacation, and do business.
There are many ways in which to participate; from simply adopting the official anniversary logo throughout 2014 to developing new programs and events that highlight New Jersey and its unique heritage, related to one or more of the themes of the 2014 celebration. Help to make this 350th anniversary a year-long celebration to showcase the very best that New Jersey has to offer.

NJ350 invites you to submit your events for listing on the Official NJ350 website. Events should be open to the public and reflect the themes of the celebration. They should be non-exclusionary and non-exploitative. For ideas for kinds of events consult the planning guide. You can submit an event now, for the website launch in June, or upload events throughout the year. Submit the following information to

Event Name
Location address
Zip code
Host/Sponsoring Organization and contact info
Details about the event
Category: Arts & Culture - Family & Festivals - Food & Wine - Lectures/Conferences - Music Event - Free
  Three themes have been designated to help frame the NJ 350 Anniversary celebration:

Innovation: The world has been reshaped again and again by people from and things created in New Jersey. From Edison’s light bulb, to the Atlantic City boardwalk, to the first intercollegiate football game, to Frank Sinatra and Count Basie, New Jersey’s innovations and innovators have had an impact around the globe.

Diversity: By virtue of its location and diversity, New Jersey is in many ways a microcosm of the U.S., with numerous national themes playing out within the state’s boundaries over the past 350 years.

Liberty: New Jersey played a pivotal role in the American Revolution, witnessing more significant military action than any other state in the new nation and establishing a tradition of distinguished military service that continues to this day. New Jersey’s commitment to the cause of liberty was further demonstrated when it became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights in 1789.