Well, every 100 years, obviously … but think about it. The last time Shelby county celebrated a centennial, America was recovering from World War I.
Celebrate Shelby takes place on November 24. (Add to your calendar)
All seven municipalities in the county (Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, Memphis, and Millington) mark the occasion with special events, including an outdoor festival at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, followed by a first-ever fireworks display over Hyde Lake. The jewel of Shelby County, this urban park is the perfect place to celebrate two centuries of innovation, culture, and service.
Founded in November of 1819, Shelby County started as a rural farming center with about 300 residents. Over two hundred eventful years, it has expanded to serve more than 900,000 residents, making a lasting impact on the country and the world at large. The Celebrate Shelby Festival itself can be traced back to the 1800s.
Celebrate Shelby is a free, family-friendly event featuring games, live music, and food trucks offering up BBQ, soul food, and other magical cuisines that helped put the county on the map. From the comfort of Shelby Farms Park, you can make a journey across all seven municipalities. Each municipality will run a tent where children can collect stamps and other treats. Children who collect every stamp get a complimentary birthday cupcake. Other activities include face painting, petting zoos, and an Action Zone featuring a climbing wall, cornhole, golf, and soccer.
As if that weren’t enough, attendees have something else to look forward to — on November 24, 2919, the county will debut its new logo. In keeping with the centennial, this year’s festival theme is “A Century of Possibilities.”
More than a birthday party, this year’s Celebrate Shelby bicentennial celebration is a perfect opportunity for gratitude, thanking each other for two hundred years of community and setting the tone for two hundred more.