200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

ALABAMA 200 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

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! 

ALABAMA BICENTENNIAL PARADE

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.

ALABAMA BICENTENNIAL PARK DEDICATION

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.

ALABAMA BICENTENNIAL FESTIVAL

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.

ALABAMA BICENTENNIAL CONCERT AND LIGHT SHOW

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!     


SCHEDULE OF FESTIVITIES

10 am – Alabama Bicentennial Parade (Dexter Ave)

Entries showcasing Alabama

Noon – Alabama Bicentennial Park Dedication (State Capitol steps)

Unveiling of Alabama Bicentennial Park

1 pm – Alabama Bicentennial Festival (Capitol Complex and downtown Montgomery)

Free family-friendly event

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 – Alabama Bicentennial Concert and Finale Presentation

Concert with popular musicians from Alabama

Special Finale Presentation