City of Ionia

City of Ionia 150th Anniversary Celebration

The City of Ionia is the largest city in Ionia County, Michigan, and the county seat. It was organized into a city in 1873 making this year its 150th anniversary of incorporation. This page highlights all the planned festivities.

Schedule of Events - October 6 to October 8

City of Ionia 150th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, October 6, 2023
6pm Check Presentation to Community’s Food Panty and Community Dinner Project
Presented by Jeremy and Candy Gomez of Generation Entertainment
Presentation at the Fairgrounds

7pm Ionia High School Varsity Football Game (Home)
and ‘Presentation of the Anniversary Flags’

Saturday, October 7, 2023
11am - Noon Official Commemorative Ceremony
Activities include: Proclamation by Mayor Balice, State of Michigan Tribute by
Senator Outman, Community Band performance, and tours of City Hall.
A special tribute to Ionia’s first Honorable Mayor Frederick Hall and family.
In honor of Marion Hall-Fowler, books will be distributed to children attending the
event. Visit the WOW (Words on Wheels) Bus on site.
Ionia City Hall 114 North Kidd Street

10am - 2pm Ionia Community Library - Open

11am - 7pm Ionia Apple Festival & Food Truck Rally
Food trucks, vendors, and special activities for the entire family
Hosted by Generation Entertainment
Ionia Fairgrounds

1pm - 3pm Collection of Short Films showcasing Ionia’s Past
Including a film produced by the First United Methodist Church titled
“It Happened in Ionia.”
Presented by Ionia Theatre and Ionia County Historical Society
Ionia Theatre

2pm - 4pm Ice Cream & Cake Social
Join us for complimentary ice cream and cake as we celebrate 150 years!
302 West Main Street Former Mercantile Bank Building
340 W Main Street Tour of the First Floor Restoration

Sunday, October 8, 2023
11am Ionia County Commission on Aging Walk to End Alzheimer’s
A two mile walking tour of Downtown Shopping District and historic neighborhoods.
Funds raised benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and their efforts.
Registration: 10am Ionia County Commission on Aging 115 Hudson Street

11am - 7pm Ionia Apple Festival & Food Truck Rally
Food trucks, vendors, and special activities for the entire family
Hosted by Generation Entertainment
Ionia Fairgrounds

Noon – 3pm Ionia Community Library open for tours

Noon - 4pm Community Church Tours
Noon - 1pm — Restore Church
1pm - 2pm — St. John’s Episcopal Church
1pm - 2pm — First Presbyterian Church
2pm - 3pm — S. S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
3pm - 4pm — The Well

1pm - 6pm Blanchard House Activities
WW II Scrapbook Display by Blue Star Mothers, vintage vehicles and carriages
on display, antique quilt display, salute to local women program, vintage lawn games
for the entire family and tours of the Blanchard House.
Hosted by the Ionia County Historical Society and Woman’s Literary Club

*Events subject to change

City of Ionia 150th Anniversary

City's Sesquicentennial

City of Ionia Celebrates 150 yearsThe City of Ionia is celebrating its 150th anniversary of becoming a municipality on October 6-8.

Friends, family, and visitors are invited to the official commemorative ceremony on Saturday, October 7th at 11:00 AM at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street.

The special occasion will be celebrated through multiple special events over the course of the weekend.

See the "150th Schedule of Events" below for more information.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street Map
Post Office Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


For local news and information,
tune to WION AM 1430/FM 92.7
or read the Ionia Sentinel-Standard