200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

The City of Mobile hosted a formal ceremony launching the three-year birthday celebration.

Mobile, AL Celebration Kickoff

Downtown Mobile, Mardi Gras Park // Cooper Riverside Park
Friday, MAY 5, 2017 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.
104 S Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36022

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On Friday, May 5, 2017 the city of Mobile raised the first flag for the commemoration of Alabama’s 200th birthday.

The launch began at 6 PM with a formal ceremony 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 was the hub of activities, which included a musical performance by ISing and fresh produce at the farm-to-table Mardi Gras Market. The evening concluded with a fireworks display over the Mobile River. Food vendors and musical entertainment continued until 10 PM.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said, "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 took advantage of specials in the downtown shops and restaurants and an exhibition of work by artist William Christenberry at the Mobile Museum of Art.