Akron Bicentennial Commission

In January 2022, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan announced that planning is underway for the City's 200th Birthday in 2025. The Akron Bicentennial Commission, a mayoral advisory board, has been established to oversee the planning and programming surrounding Akron’s Bicentennial celebration. The citizen-led initiative will eventually have representatives from neighborhoods, special interest groups and every ward in the city.? 

On December?6, 1825 General?Simon Perkins filed the plat of Akron at the courthouse in Ravenna.? Akron’s 200th year begins December 6, 2024, and in line with prior commemorations of city anniversaries (1925, 1975, 2000), the Akron Bicentennial Celebration is scheduled to take place in July, 2025.?Special events would also mark Dec. 6, 2025, Akron's actual 200th anniversary. 

Four long-time Akron residents, all distinguished members of the community, have been appointed by Mayor Horrigan to be Honorary Chairs of the Akron Bicentennial Commission. They are: 

  • Marco Sommerville, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs 
  • Hon. Elinore Stormer, Judge of the Probate Court of Summit County 
  • Dr. Cynthia Capers, Emeritus Dean and Professor of the University of Akron, College of Nursing 
  • Ernest Pouttu, President and CEO, Harwick Standard Distribution 

Additionally, Mayor Horrigan announced that he has selected civic activist and former Deputy Mayor of Akron Dave Lieberth to serve as the volunteer Executive Secretary of the Bicentennial Commission, who will provide the initial staffing for the planning group. 

The Commission - with input from neighborhood groups, community organizations, nonprofits, and individuals - will plan a series of events that speak to four Bicentennial themes: 

  • Akron History 
  • Civic Pride 
  • Innovation
  • Legacy
  • Akron 

The Commission will plan a series of events that speak to Akron’s history, civic pride, and record of innovation. They will establish a process to request applications from community organizations (schools, churches, neighborhood groups, associations) to create programming that will be open and accessible to the public and to ensure that the year-long commemoration is inclusive and reflective of Akron. Workgroups will be established that will create opportunities for hundreds of citizens to participate in Bicentennial activities. 


24 members of the Akron Bicentennial Commission