WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- Celebrations began in Winston-Salem Thursday because May 9th, 1913 is the day state officials officially began recognizing the consolidated towns of Winston and Salem as Winston-Salem.
A reception at city hall and historical marker were unveiled to celebrate the merged city’s 100th anniversary.
"It's not often we have a chance to come together and celebrate 100 years as a city," said Mayor Allen Joines at Thursday nights unveiling. "We come together to commemorate the erasing of that invisible fence that divided those two communities."
From old cars, to free food, a parade with floats from different decades, historical displays in city hall, street parties, concerts on the plaza, a scavenger hunt, a special release centennial beer, 100th birthday merchandise and music written just for the celebration, Winston-Salem city leaders say the centennial celebration weekend will be full of free, fun events for the entire family.
"We’re just urging everybody to come out learn about their city and renew their love for Winston-Salem. This weekend will reignite their passion for the Twin City," said organizer Ed McNeal.
All of Old Salem will be open for free on Saturday and the parade will start downtown at 2 p.m.
For a complete listing of events, times, locations and places visit www.w-s100years.com