Reading 375 Opening Night Friday, May 31

Opening Night of Reading 375 is almost here!

The two-week celebration of our town’s 375th anniversary kicks off in style on Friday, May 31 at 7:00 on the Reading Common. Join your friends and neighbors for a special celebration of Reading. There will be live music, a JUMBOTRON with an original video production highlighting Reading’s vibrant celebration history, an illumination of the tree lights which will stay lit for the two-week anniversary celebration, and just a couple more surprises.

After the ceremony on the Common, spend some time strolling downtown Reading, making sure to stop in every location decorated with purple balloons. Local organizations, churches, and businesses are participating in Reading 375 Opening Night in a wide variety of ways. Folks wearing a Reading 375 pin or t-shirt can enjoy:

  • Ice cream sundae bar
  • Discounts and specials on food at your favorite local restaurants
  • Discounts and specials on merchandise at local businesses
  • Wine tasting
  • Dance and musical performances
  • So much more

Does your downtown business want to participate? It’s not too late. Send an email to info@reading375.com to learn how you can join the celebration.

Reading 375 Opening Ceremonies

Reading is celebrating our 375th anniversary. We've got something to please every age group. Here is a preview of Opening Night from the organizers themselves. Sheila Mulroy and Paula Perry, along with James Bonazoli, have been working with town officials and employees, as well as businesses and organizations around downtown. They've devised a truly exciting kickoff to two weeks of celebration.

Posted by Reading375 on Monday, May 20, 2019

Get your Reading 375 t-shirt or pin before Opening Night. Commemorative Reading 375-anniversary t-shirts are available for $20 at Reading Trophy and Shirt and RCTV Studios. Limited edition Reading 375 pins are available at Whitelam Books, Reading Cooperative Bank, The Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, and RCTV Studios for $3.75. T-shirts and pins will also be for sale at the Reading 375 Tent on Opening Night.

Also kicking off on May 31 is Roaming Reading, a two-week long app-based scavenger hunt sponsored by Reading Cooperative Bank in honor of Reading 375. Download the free app to your phone, and start tackling the fun challenges beginning on May 31. Reading Cooperative Bank is providing $1,500 in prizes! For full details and rules, see: www.reading375.com/reading-day/roaming-reading/

For a full list of all Reading 375 events, check out Reading375.com.

It’s time to join the party. Reading 375 Opening Night is Friday, May 31 at 7:00 on the Town Common. Overflow event parking is available at the Train Depot. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-generation event.

Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019. Events will occur over a two week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings. The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future.  To stay up to date, follow Reading 375 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and check out reading375.com.

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