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Grand Opening / Anniversary Celebrations

, or 301-739-8577 ext. 111.

Complete program guidelines apply.
Download Guidelines and Application Form from program website: Grand Opening and Anniversary Guidelines, Grand Opening and Anniversary Event Request Form

The City of Hagerstown offers Grand Opening Ceremonies and Anniversary Celebrations. There is a minimum 3-week turn-around time from the date your request is received.
Services Provided by the City:

  • 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 Department of Community & Economic Development) 
  • 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 the Mayor welcoming the new business or recognizing the anniversary of an existing business.

Services Provided in Partnership with The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce—For Chamber Members located in the City


  • After your application is received and processed, City staff will provide available date and time options for the event, based on the Mayor’s schedule.
  • The available date and time options will be primarily on Tuesdays between 9 am and 2 pm.
  • Staff may offer limited, alternative options on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at 4:30 pm only.

General Guidelines:

  • Businesses must obtain all necessary permits and certificates required with respect to the business operation and the property.
  • Business must be “in good standing” with both the state of Maryland and the City of Hagerstown.
  • 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 or anniversary event.  

How to Determine if Located in the City:

Use the City Zoning Map link below to determine if your address is in the boundaries of the City of Hagerstown.