On December 14th, there is only one place to be: Alabama’s Capital City for the grand finale of Alabama’s three-year bicentennial commemoration. This is sure to be the state’s biggest birthday party—at least in our first 200 years!
The free, day-long celebration begins at 10 AM with a parade of Alabama people, places and history. From Court Square Fountain, a cavalcade of marching bands, city floats, living history on wheels—such as the USS Alabama Battleship Park and US Space and Rocket Center—elected officials, cute kids, beauty queens, and special Alabama Notables will travel Dexter Avenue toward the State Capitol.
Mid-day ceremonies led by Governor Kay Ivey will include the official dedication of Alabama Bicentennial Park. Located at the foot of the Alabama State Capitol on Dexter Avenue, the park will tell the story of Alabama in 16 bronze plaques mounted on Alabama granite bases.
The afternoon will offer exhibitions, performances and open houses in the Capitol Complex, up and down Dexter Avenue and throughout downtown Montgomery.
The Alabama State Capitol and Alabama Department of Archives and History will host performances and presentations in their buildings and children’s games, traditional arts/crafts demonstrations and historic re-enactors on their grounds.
Museums, galleries, restaurants, and stores will host tours, exhibitions, and activities.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery, in partnership with Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center from Camden, will feature exhibits and sales of works by contemporary Alabama artists.
The day will conclude with a surprise! Sponsored by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, it will include concert entertainment with popular musicians from Alabama and the history of Alabama presented in a never-before-seen way.
Throughout the day, major bicentennial sponsors, including Coca-Cola Bottling United, Regions and Alabama Power, will be on hand with activities and giveaways.
The Alabama Tourism Department, Conservation and Natural Resources, State Department of Education and other agencies will join Alabama Public Television, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Alabama Kiwanis and others to make sure all ages are inspired, educated and entertained.
Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration began in 2017. That year, we Discovered Our Places. In 2018 we Honored Our People. And in 2019, we Share Our Stories and prepare to write new ones in Alabama’s Third Century.
For a complete schedule and more information, and to find out how YOU can be involved, call the Alabama Bicentennial commission at 334-242-4537.