George Washington Bicentennial Celebration

Join the Centralia community in honoring the life and legacy of the town's founder, George Washington, in a celebration honoring 200 years since his birthday!

Washington was a true pioneer in every sense of the word, as an African-American man in a racially divided America who platted the town of Centerville and later became its benefactor during a crippling economic depression. Well-loved by the community, George Washington's legacy is being remembered in this series of celebrations that kick off a year of honoring Washington throughout Centralia.

The events of August 12-13 are as follows:

August 12
Fun Run/Walk 5K — Come join this fun run/walk which begins at 8 a.m. and will take everyone around the boundaries of the 640-acre homestead platted by Washington. Cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt and wristband. All proceeds from the event go toward the crafting of a statue that will be dedicated in 2018. To register, sign up here.

Bicentennial Celebration — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a packed schedule of events including live music, kids' games, a coloring contest, wheelbarrow race, money scramble and more. This is free and open to the public; it will be held at George Washington Park. For more information, check out the Facebook event.

August 13
Pioneer-Style Church Service — From 2-3 p.m., join a gathering of many churches from throughout Centralia in George Washington Park as they honor the birthday of the man who founded the city and his faith. This is also open to all for free; for more information visit the event's Facebook page.

August 12-13, 2017 from 8:00am-4:00pm

Places to stay nearby

Best Western Plus Park Place Inn

Chehalis, North
Starting at: $118.00

Candalite Mansion

Centralia, North

Centralia Motel 6

Centralia, North
Starting at: $46.00

Centralia Square Grand Ballroom & Hotel

Centralia, North
Starting at: $54.00

Places to eat nearby

GG's Teriyaki & Sushi

2501 Haviland St.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-0190

El Cocinero

1226 S. Gold St.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-2162

Wendy's (Centralia)

817 Harrison Ave.
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 330-9229

Papa Pete's Pizza

933 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-5777

The Shire Bar & Bistro

465 NW Chehalis Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-3720

Denny's (Chehalis)

118 Interstate Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6851

South Pacific Bistro

432 SW 13th St.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-0763

HomeTown Family Restaurant

708 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-0359

Upcoming events in the area

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad Dinner Train and Weekly Rides

June 29-September 1, 2019 from 12:00am-12:00am

Washington State Garlic Fest

August 23-25, 2019

Southwest Washington Writers Conference

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 7:45am