The City of Traverse City was incorporated on May 18, 1895, making her 125 years old! Let’s celebrate her with a memorable and fun virtual Quarantine Quasquicentennial birthday party. Together, but apart, we will toast 125 years to our favorite Queen City of the North.

Here are a few ways to celebrate:

Get a T-Shirt

TC’s official Quarantine Quasquicentennial birthday tshirts are ready! This is the OFFICIAL t-shirt celebrating our city's 125th birthday, and this is a Limited Edition item, which will never be seen again! (Shirts are limited.)  And as an added bonus, 90% of the profits will be donated to the GTRCF Urgent Needs Fund. Order one here.

Tee See T Birthday Shirt


Explore a fun sampling of historic, natural, and cultural features of Traverse City. Printable and fun for all ages to explore together. Drop off your completed BINGO card with contact information to the National Cherry Festival office by May 31. You will be sent two certificates for a free slice of pie by the Grand Traverse Pie Company! (Certificates available for the first 100 bingo cards dropped off.) Get your BINGO card here.


Just kidding, stay here. We love you. Just get your body moving! Our friends at Norte are encouraging community members to celebrate by biking, walking, running, skipping, strolling a safe and healthy 125, 1.25, 12.5 or .125 miles around Traverse City. Get the details here.

TC Happy Hour

Toast at 5 p.m. on May 18 with your favorite Traverse City-crafted beverage. Responsibly enjoy your favorite Traverse City beverage of choice and virtually toast to Traverse City safely at home.

More ideas to celebrate! 
  • Share your happy place in TC on social by using #HappyPlaceTC

  • Join Miriam Pico in singing Happy Birthday to Traverse City

  • Sidewalk chalk art: I love TC because X

  • 1895 TC fashion

  • 1895 TC food

  • Share your favorite things, places, people or events in TC

  • Celebrate by ordering take-out from your favorite TC business

  • Learn a new fun fact about TC history and share

  • Send a thank you card to your favorite TC community leader 

  • Ring bells, pots and pans at 8 p.m.

  • Share how you say “quasquicentennial”