200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019


Alabama Bicentennial Finale

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. Montgomery’s own bicentennial festivities throughout the fall will prime the city for 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. Located at the foot of the Alabama State Capitol on Dexter Avenue, the park will tell the story of Alabama in 16 bronzes mounted 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 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 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 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. This year, 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!                            


10 AM - 11:30 AM Alabama Day 200 Parade (inaugural parade route)

  • 75 entries showcasing Alabama

Noon - 1 PM Alabama Bicentennial Park Dedication (Capitol steps facing Dexter Ave.)

  • Alabama Bicentennial Park dedication

1 PM - 4 PM Alabama Day 200 Festival (Capitol Complex and downtown Montgomery)

  • Free family/public event including
  • Historical re-enactors, craft/art demonstrations, performers
  • Games and family activities
  • Performances, talks, readings, dance
  • Tours/open houses
  • Special exhibits
  • Performance stages: Capitol Steps (main stage) and Archives (left and right, alternating)

4 PM until PM Alabama Day 200 Finale

  • Concert/performance
  • Finale Presentation