It’s the National Road’s 200th Birthday

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A caravan of antique wagons and vehicles is making its way from Vandalia, Ill. to Cumberland, Md. for a parade to mark the 200th birthday of the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway.

The National Road Bicentennial parade is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.

The parade will culminate in the groundbreaking for commemorative marker.

Fireworks will follow in the evening. And on Sunday, a time capsule will be sealed.

The National Road ran from Cumberland to Vandalia, Ill. along a route largely followed today by U.S. 40.

It connected in Cumberland to the National Pike, leading to Baltimore.

Copyright Associated Press

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