Bicentennial Event Dates

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Greater Rochester Heritage Days
May 20 & 21

The 40th Annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days will celebrate the heritage of the Rochester while providing an opportunity for local non-profit organizations to raise funds and increase awareness. A family fun event with activities such as the return of Floatable Boatables, mustache growing contest, historical displays and demonstrations, Pioneer Playground, car show, craft show and food. Admission is free. For more information, call 248/656-0999 or visit 

Brother of the Brush

In honor of the City’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Greater Rochester Heritage Days is proud to welcome back the Brothers of the Brush Beard & Mustache Growing Contest. Last held in 1969, this event invites gentlemen to do their civic duty and grow a mustache, full beard or goatee as a part of the Bicentennial Celebration. 

The Brothers of the Brush Beard & Mustache Growing Contest will take place on Sunday, May 21, 1:00 pm at the Rochester Municipal Park Band Shell. Participants will be judged by sponsors Kingsfield Grooming, in several categories including length and creativity. 

All participants will receive an official Brothers of the Brush Commemorative Badge, Official Participation Certificate and the opportunity to win fabulous prizes and the coveted Brothers of the Brush Trophy. Participants can register for the contest in person at the Rochester DDA Office, 308 ½ Main Street.

Rochester 200 Project
May 30 - June 17

Calling all artists! Put your favorite Rochester memories on a 10 x 10 canvas. The cost to register is $10 and includes canvas. There will be 200 canvases in all. Completed artwork will be on display at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, May 30 – June 17. The event will close with a Cocktail Reception on July 17, all canvases will be sold for $50 with proceeds to benefit the Rochester Bicentennial.


Be a Part of Rochester's History

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the City of Rochester. To mark this once-in-a-lifetime milestone, the City of Rochester has created the Bicentennial Monument. Located at the entrance to the Rochester Municipal Park, the centerpiece of the monument will feature a Sundial designed by Michigan artist Russell Thayer, surrounded by Historic Decade Stones depicting key moments in Rochester’s history, benches and engraved brick pavers.

Bicentennial Barn Dance at Van Hoosen Farm
June 23

More information coming soon....

Rochester Homecoming
August 12

Rochester Municipal Park will transform into a walk down Rochester’s memory lane in celebration of history and fond memories of the place we are proud to call home. Activities include fireworks, entertainment, kid’s activities, pioneer playground, mobile farm and much more! More information coming soon!