A Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the front lawn of the Macomb City Hall located at 232 E. Jackson Street. This flag-raising ceremony, which coincides with ceremonies held throughout the state, represents the kick-off of a year-long celebration to commemorate the State of Illinois 200th birthday. Illinois became the 21st state in the union on December 3, 1818. Illinois Bicentennial will be a year-long celebration between December 3, 2017 and December 3, 2018. Illinois Bicentennial will honor the many ways that Illinois has influenced American history, achievement, culture, innovation, and more.