Bicentennial Events

Founders Day

April 11, 2023

10:50 AM – Noon

Wayne County Historic Court House Steps -
26 Church St. Lyons

This is the official date of Wayne County’s establishment as an independent county In New York State.

Bells Ring Across the County, Proclamations, Music, & Historic Marker Dedication


12:30 – 3:00 PM

Private Lunch Reception (12:30 p.m.) 
and Public Program  (1:30 p.m.) 
Lyons Community Center, 9 Manhattan St.

Special Guests, Music, Historic Displays,

Dedication of “Voices of Wayne County”
Commemorative Book

See our Founding Day Page for more info.


Bicentennial Gala

May 13, 2023

5:30 – 10:00 PM 

Carey Lake, Walworth, NY

Dinner, Guest Speaker - John Kucko, Dancing, Fireworks

Tickets on Sale February 28 at 9 a.m.


Bicentennial Torch Relay

August 14 – 18, 2023

5 Days - approximately 40 miles per day

Beginning and ending at the Wayne County Fair - Palmyra.

Through each town in Wayne County

200 designated torch carry runners and other runners

 Escort vehicles – antique cars, tractors, buggies, fire trucks

For more info see our Torch Relay page.


Bicentennial Family Fun Day 

at the Wayne County Fair

August 19, 2023

10 AM to 3 PM

Reenactments, demonstrations, historical music, displays, games, heritage crafts, 

and hands on history will be a day to remember for kids of ALL ages.


Music Heritage Series

Schedule Forthcoming


Wayne County New York Bicentennial 1823-2023

Other Activities, Events, & Celebrations

Wayne County Towns and Villages, businesses and community groups have created many unique and exciting events throughout the year. 

For a complete list with ongoing updates, visit Wayne County Tourism