Mount Prospect Celebrates 100th Birthday with Fireworks
The Village of Mount Prospect officially turned 100 on Friday, February 3, 2017, and the Village’s Centennial Commission celebrated with fireworks. Earlier that evening, the Mount Prospect Historical Society and the Mount Prospect Centennial Commission jointly presented a re-enactment of the 1917 vote to incorporate and other official events in the recently-restored 1896 Central School. Donors to the schoolhouse restoration effort were invited to three remote viewing locations - Village Board Room, Village Hall Community Room and the Mount Prospect Public Library - and the re-enactment was streamed to them live.
Later that evening, hundreds gathered outside the Village Green in front of Village Hall along Emerson Street where the Mount Prospect Lions Club provided complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Mayor Arlene A. Juracek and the Village Board formally re-dedicated the Village Green in front of Village Hall as “Centennial Green." The anniversary evening festivities were capped off with a unique winter fireworks show that was sponsored by Randhurst Village and synchronized to music from 1917.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for all families, residents and businesses to join as a community to celebrate the 100th birthday and dedicate a lasting memorial to our heritage,” explained Mayor Juracek. “Fireworks synchronized to music were something we had never done before, so it was really special and fun for everyone.”
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