50th anniversary celebration for Mississauga might be launched at New Year’s Eve party


Published April 21, 2023 at 4:42 pm

Mississauga New Year's Eve party Dec. 31 2023

The “biggest party Mississauga has ever seen” is beginning to take shape and the huge year-long celebration to mark the city’s 50th anniversary might be launched at the annual New Year’s Eve bash at Celebration Square in the downtown core.

City-wide street banners, public art projects, a wide array of anniversary-themed programming and events, Mississauga-wide virtual and physical museum exhibits, garden bed and tree plantings, and even a special edition library card are all being tabled by senior City staff for consideration as Mississauga looks to party like never before in 2024.

And what 50th anniversary celebration would be complete without, you guessed it, a time capsule.

As the City of Mississauga prepares to mark a half-century of existence, staff is also suggesting present-day dignitaries and others bury a time capsule to be opened on Mississauga’s 75th anniversary, in 2049.

All of those ideas, and much more, are contained in a report from City staff to be discussed publicly at next Wednesday’s (April 26) meeting of general committee.

In all, staff is proposing more than 50 initiatives to take shape throughout the entirety of 2024 to mark the milestone.

And the big bash of 2024 will be launched, if staff’s recommendation gets the green light, at Mississauga’s annual New Year’s Eve party at Celebration Square in the downtown core.

In 1974, the townships of Streetsville, Port Credit and Mississauga amalgamated to form Mississauga.

As the city and residents prepare to recognize the occasion, City officials are proposing a 50th anniversary theme of Reflect. Aspire. Celebrate.

“The anniversary will provide an opportunity to recognize our heritage, highlight our accomplishments, celebrate our residents and to promote our future plans that will continue to make Mississauga a great place to live, work, invest and play,” the report from senior City staff reads.

“Staff have developed a robust list of over 50 initiatives, activities and events that together will form the basis of the City’s 50th anniversary celebrations.”

A Mississauga 50th anniversary logo being presented to council for approval.

In an interview with insauga.com last October, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said she wants residents to help plan what she predicts will be the “biggest party Mississauga has ever seen.”

One day after being re-elected to a third term, Crombie said she was already excited at the thought of planning celebrations for Mississauga’s 50th birthday.

Whatever form celebrations take, they will be significant, Crombie promised at the time.

“Biggest party Mississauga has ever seen and biggest fireworks we’ve ever seen,” she predicted.

Crombie added she had a number of ideas off the top of her head to mark the momentous event.

For one, a commemorative stamp, or something similar.

“Let’s do something really neat,” she said, adding it’ll be a great idea to ask Mississauga residents for their input as well.

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