Peace Bicentennial Celebration takes place Christmas Eve day at Peace Arch Park

The public is invited to commemorate the bicentennial of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on Christmas Eve, 1814, from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Peace Arch State Park, 19 A St., in Blaine. The treaty ended the War of 1812 and established a firm and lasting peace between the USA, Canada and Britain.

The Peace Arch was constructed to commemorate the centennial of the historic event. An open house in the American Kitchen will feature period costumes and decor, interpretive displays, live music, holiday lights, and refreshments.

A commemoration with historic vignettes and a candle-lighting ceremony at the Peace Arch takes place from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

The free event is sponsored by the United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association in cooperation with Peace Arch State Park. Details: 360-332-7165, Peacearchpark.org.