The Memphis bicentennial, which is the 200th birthday of the city, is May 22, 2019. This day marks an important date in the history of the city and one that will be observed with a lot of hoopla and fanfare. Taking its name from the ancient Egyptian capital on the Nile River, Memphis was founded by three people, including the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson.
This celebration, taking place on May 25th, promises to be one of the highlights of 2019 for those living and visiting Memphis. May is just around the corner, and it’s good to know what to expect as preparations are being made for what is a year-long celebration of the founding of the city. Here are some of the things that have taken place leading up to the big 200th birthday celebration and some of the things you should expect from the Memphis bicentennial celebration.
Events leading up to the May 22 celebration
This year-round celebration has focused on the history, culture, arts, music, sports and food that have all been a part of forming the city’s identity. It grew from a planned city on the banks of the Mississippi River to a fast-growing cultural and population center of 652,000 residents. The city has maintained many of its old traditions while embracing the advances and technologies of modern living to become the thriving metropolis that it is today.
Some of the events that have taken place or are going on prior to May 22 include those that celebrate every aspect of Memphis life. One example is the Pink Palace Family of Museum exhibit entitled, “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community,” which celebrates the stories of the past, present and future of the city. Other events leading up to the big day include the 2019 Memphis in May International Festival Honors Memphis, a 42-year event celebrating the cultures of 38 countries in the world, and A Taste of Memphis culinary event scheduled in April.
What to expect from the May 22 Memphis bicentennial celebration
May 22, 2019 is a date you should mark on your calendar and make plans to be in the city for a celebration to end all celebrations. The Memphis bicentennial celebration is scheduled to be held as a limited-seating large gala with dinner and entertainment. All 200 years that have formed the history of the city will be celebrated. The event will serve as the kickoff for the city’s bicentennial summer.
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