John Glenn Centennial Celebration
July 16-18, 2021
Guernsey County, Ohio’s most notable entity is none other than former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn. From hometown boy to space cowboy, John Glenn (astronaut and senator) is Guernsey County, Ohio’s most recognizable former citizen. Join Cambridge and New Concord, Ohio as these communities commemorate Glenn’s life and accomplishments during the John Glenn Centennial Celebration July 16-18, 2021.
Special events and activities will take place during the weekend. A visit to the John & Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Ohio is the perfect place to start. The museum tells the tale of the couple’s childhood roots and will offer free tours July 16-18. On Sunday, July 18, the museum will serve birthday cake in honor of what would have been John Glenn’s 100th birthday.
A 7-mile race will take place on Saturday, July 17 starting at Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge and ending at the John & Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord. The Friendship 7 Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. from Cambridge to New Concord. Former Ohio Astronaut Don Thomas will be a featured speaker.
Space related movies for families will be shown at the Cambridge Performing Arts Center on Friday, July 16 and again in New Concord on the evening of Saturday, July 17 in an outdoor venue.
Two special trails are being created. The “John & Annie Glenn Heritage Trail” will point out special sites in the region related to Glenn and a “Savor the Flavor John Glenn Commemorative Food Trail” will feature themed foods in the area during the month of July.
For more information, contact the Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB office at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200 in downtown Cambridge, call 740-432-2022, email info@VisitGuernseyCounty.com, or log onto VisitGuernseyCounty.com.