Grand Opening / Anniversary Celebrations

Staff Contact: Kitty Clark, Community Events Coordinator,
The City of Hagerstown offers Grand Openings during City business hours only. Ceremonies are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm. There is a minimum 3-week turn-around period on Grand Openings from the date your request is received.

For each Grand Opening or Anniversary Celebration the City Provides:

  • Grand Opening / Anniversary Celebration Flyer emailed to dignitaries
  • Back page ad in the Herald Mail or a Chamber E-cast highlighting the Grand Opening / Anniversary Celebration (underwritten by the Economic Development Department)
  • Slide on the City's cable channel, Hub City 25 (channel 25 for Antietam Cable subscribers), announcing the event
  • Advertising for the event on the City of Hagerstown’s Facebook page, including a posted photo of the ceremony following the event
  • Grand Opening Ribbon (for Grand Openings Only)
  • Press Release
  • Proclamation from Mayor welcoming new business or congratulating anniversary of existing business
  • Fifty (50) copies of flyer for Business to distribute or a digital version of the flyer
In order to participate in these programs, businesses must obtain all necessary permits and certificates required with respect to the business operation and the property. Also a business must be “in good standing” with both the state of Maryland and the City of Hagerstown. Any and all outstanding matters, issues and unpaid fees with the City of Hagerstown related to the business and/or property must be resolved before the City can schedule and announce the grand opening event.

Click on the following link for the GRAND OPENING/ANNIVERSARY:  Fact Sheet


Click on the following link for the GRAND OPENING/ANNIVERSARY:  Guidelines

Click on the following link for the GRAND OPENING/ANNIVERSARY:  Application