Salem to hold Bicentennial Celebration


The public is invited to attend the City of Salem’s Bicentennial Celebration on Saturday, July 1. A day full of activities at Bryan Memorial Park is planned. A 5K race sponsored by the Marion County YMCA will kick off the day at 8:30 a.m. Registration is now open through the Marion County YMCA at Salem City Hall or online at The race will be followed at 10:00 a.m. by the dedication of the Never Forget Garden Marker at the Williams Jennings Bryan Statue Garden.

A sand volleyball tournament is also planned. Sand volleyball teams need to register in advance for the tournament by emailing

Events continue with Salem Rotary and other civic organizations hosting two sessions of historic portrayals at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Along with the first Illinois Battery D Light Artillery Reenactment Group.

Salem Rotary will have a free kids Bubble Zone along with old fashioned root beer and orange soda floats for sale. Other kids activities will be ongoing from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Plus a variety of food trucks will be set up on GAR Drive near the band stage with operating hours of 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. A vendor fair is also in the works. If any craft vendor is interested in participating, please contact Tabitha Meador at Salem City Hall at 618-548-2222, ext. 20.

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