200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

On Friday, May 5th, the city of Mobile will raise the first flag for the commemoration of Alabama’s 200th birthday—and you’re invited!

ALABAMA 200, a three-year celebration of the anniversary of statehood, will reach every county and corner of the state. But it starts in the historic heart of Mobile, the state’s oldest city.

The launch will begin at 6 PM with a formal ceremony to be followed by musical entertainment and free admission to many of the city’s historic sites, including the History Museum of Mobile and the Exploreum. Mobile’s new Mardi Gras Park is the hub of activities, which include a performance by the Mobile Symphony and fresh produce at the farm-to-table Mardi Gras Market. The evening will wind up with a fireworks display over the Mobile River at approximately 8 PM. Food vendors and musical entertainment will continue until 10 PM.

Special invitations are being issued to representatives of France, Spain and England, as well as The Governor and Alabama’s federal and state congressional delegation. But this is a celebration for all Alabamians!

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson says, Mobile is known as the city “born to celebrate” for good reason. “The first Mardi Gras happened in Mobile,” he notes, “and we hosted the launch of the state’s sesquicentennial.

“There is no better place to kick off this celebration, and the city is poised to make it as memorable, diverse and celebratory as we know how.”

In addition to the activities in Mardi Gras Park and tours of historic sites, visitors can take advantage of specials in the downtown shops and restaurants and an exhibition of work by artist William Christenberry at the Mobile Museum of Art. For a full schedule and information about activities, visit www.ALABAMA200.org.

Carolyn Feltus, chair, and members of the Mobile Bicentennial Launch Committee have been working with the city since last fall to make plans.

“We have had enormous support from the mayor’s office, as well as extensive involvement from the Mobile Convention and Visitors Center and other city offices,” notes Feltus. “We want everyone to come visit our beautiful city and help launch this once-in-a-lifetime anniversary.”

For more information about the launch, as well as more information about ALABAMA 200, go to www.ALABAMA200.org.