Bettendorf Turns 120 Years Old in 2023: CHECK OUT the Details and Logo of Bettendorf's Birthday Bash!

On June 5, 1903, the City of Gilbert, Iowa incorporated under a new name of “Bettendorf” after two brothers - William and Joseph Bettendorf - relocated their railroad car factory called the Bettendorf Company to prime riverfront property… paying only $100 for the land!

A lot has changed in 120 years. To celebrate its past, present, and future, the City of Bettendorf is holding a 120th Birthday Bash in June 2023. 

Bettendorf Brothers Drawing“On the heels of the success of our Zip Code Day last May (5/27/22), we are excited to announce this citywide celebration,” said Mayor Bob Gallagher. “Zip Code Day captivated our entire area, and we intend to do the same with an annual event that commemorates Bettendorf’s Birthday every June.”

June 2, 2023

Similar to Zip Code Day, the City is encouraging businesses in Bettendorf to host their own celebratory events throughout the day on Friday, June 2, 2023 (which also happens to be “National Leave The Office Early” Day!). Visit to share your plans with the community. The City will be providing t-shirts, koozies, and drink coasters (when applicable) to those participating businesses and organizations who pre-register at by May 31, 2023.

As part of the festivities on June 2, the City is holding a 120th Birthday Bash at 3:30pm at Faye’s Field, located near the Family Museum and the Bettendorf Public Library. The short, but sweet one-hour long event will include live music, activities for kids, treats, and more.

Following a day full of fun, The Tangled Wood – located at 3636 Tanglewood Road –is holding a music festival starting at 5pm, where all five breweries in Bettendorf – Crawford, Twin Span, 5 Cities, Adventurous, and Nerdspeak – are re-launching the special brews they created for Zip Code Day and returning for a Tap Takeover.

June 3, 2023

The day after Bettendorf’s 120th Birthday Bash, the fun continues as the Downtown Bettendorf Organization holds its annual ‘Be Downtown’ event on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

The day-long event features three separate bags tournaments, bounce houses, food trucks, and hours of live music at 15th Street Landing, located right along the riverfront with the I-74 Bridge as the backdrop.

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