On December 13-15th, 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 Alabama 200th Birthday Celebration weekend will open with a special benefit concert with renowned musician and music historian Bobby Horton on Friday, December 13th, at 7:30 PM at Montgomery’s historic Capri Theatre.
The celebration begins at 10 AM with a parade of Alabama people, places and history. 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.