Three themes have been designated to help frame New Jersey’s 350th anniversary.
Celebrating 350 Years in 2014
New Jersey is celebrating 350 years of history in 2014. How do YOU plan to celebrate? New Jersey’s rich heritage, unique resources and resilient, determined people are what make this state the place we’re proud to call home. Since its creation in 1664, New Jersey has played a pivotal role in the shaping of American life and culture.
Today our state is home to 21 Fortune 500 companies and more than 1,100 multinational companies from 40 nations. When it comes to art, culture, music, and sports, New Jersey houses hundreds of museums and is the home state to countless film, TV, and music legends; notable literary figures; and acclaimed athletes.
Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to commemorate the Garden State’s notable contributions to the nation and the world.
1664 – The Year New Jersey Began
New Jersey began in 1664 as a royal gift. Charles II of England granted a sizeable parcel of land on the east coast of North America to his brother James, Duke of York. James in turn gave a piece of this valuable real estate to two loyal noblemen, Sir George Carteret and John Lord Berkeley. The duke spent much of his early life in exile with his brother following the English Civil War and execution of their father. This land grant enabled him to reward loyalty that was no doubt highly prized. The document that records this transaction, now housed at the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton, proclaims that “said Tract of Land is hereafter to be called by the name or names of New Cesarea or New Jersey.” And so New Jersey was born.
When the English arrived in 1664 they found a place that was already relatively diverse in its inhabitants. In addition to Native American populations, Swedish and Dutch settlers had already made the arduous journey to what would become the Garden State. This characteristic of diversity continues to be a hallmark of New Jersey today.
1964 – Marking 300 Years of People, Purpose, Progress
Fifty years ago, New Jersey observed the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of our state through a variety of events, celebrations and programs that included a traveling history mobile museum, commemorative stamps, souvenirs, and a series of commemorative publications. Read the official report and see the many ways New Jersey celebrated its 300th anniversary.
Be a Part of the Celebration – Innovation, Diversity, Liberty
Communities, schools, businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to join in the celebration of New Jersey as the best place to live, work, visit, vacation, and do business. There are many ways in which to participate. You can adopt the official anniversary logo throughout 2014. You can develop new programs and events that highlight New Jersey and its unique heritage or rebrand existing events related to one or more of the themes of the 2014 celebration. Highlight the distinct assets found in our own backyards. Help make this 350th anniversary a year-long celebration that explores our rich heritage and showcases the very best that New Jersey has to offer.