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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - 2014 is Belleville's year to celebrate!

That's because it's the city's 200th anniversary. Wednesday afternoon, citizens and community leaders gathered around Curt's Clock in Belleville's main square to ring bells and kick off a year of celebration.

Residents could also ring bells from their own homes.

The city is planning a variety of events to celebrate the big bicentennial birthday.