Has it been a century for the Town of Tecumseh already?
Indeed, it has — and the municipality is recognizing its 100th anniversary with a three-day celebration from July 2 to 4.
The multi-day event will feature a wide variety of activities, including fireworks, a town party with cake, sports challenges, outdoor movies, live music, free swimming, a memorial walk, the unveiling of a mural, historical exhibits, and much more.
Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara said the municipality is excited to offer a weekend full of family-friendly, community-oriented fun.
“It is wonderful to be able to gather once again, safely and in person. We hope to see the community come out and celebrate,” McNamara said.
There is no cost to attend and participate in any of the offerings.
A full schedule has been posted on the Town of Tecumseh’s website (tecumseh.ca/tecumseh100), and the municipality will be promoting the celebration on social media throughout the month.
Opening ceremonies will take place on July 2 at 10 a.m. at town hall (917 Lesperance Rd.).
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The municipality originally intended to hold the festivities during the summer of 2021, but had to postpone them due to COVID-19 precautions.
According to historical records, Tecumseh was actually first incorporated as a town in May 1921 — although it didn’t elect a mayor and council until December 1922.
The roots of the community are even older: It’s believed that the area had its first settlers in 1792, and they initially called their settlement Ryegate.
The name “Tecumseh” was chosen 120 years later — in 1912 — to honour the Shawnee chieftain who fought alongside the British in the War of 1812.
At the time of its incorporation, the Town of Tecumseh had less than 1,000 residents.
Today, Tecumseh boasts more than 23,000 citizens, and combines three historic communities: The original Town of Tecumseh, the Village of St. Clair Beach, and the Township of Sandwich South.