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ALABAMA DAY 200
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
On December 14th this year, there is only one place to be: our Capital City for the grand finale of Alabama’s three-year bicentennial anniversary commemoration. Celebrate the state’s biggest birthday party—at least the biggest 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 Gov. Kay Ivey will include the official dedication of Alabama Bicentennial Park. The magnificent installation, located at the foot of the Alabama State Capitol on Dexter Avenue, will tell the story of Alabama in 16 bronzes on Alabama granite bases.
The afternoon will offer exhibitions, performances and open houses in the Capital 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 at 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 a unique exhibit 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 entertainment and a never-before-seen show, details of which will be released closer to the date.
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 that all ages are inspired, educated and entertained.
Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration began in 2017. That year, we Discovered Our Places, and in 2018 we Honored Our People. This year, we Share Our Stories and prepare to make new ones as we launch Alabama’s Third Century in 2020.
For information about ALABAMA DAY 200 and the Alabama bicentennial commemoration, visit ALABAMA 200 (www.ALABAMA200.org)