Bicentennial Events

Bicentennial Events

We stand at a unique moment in time to reflect on the City of Memphis and Shelby County’s past 200 years and, more importantly, celebrate the potential for our next 100 – A New Century of Soul. Entire communities are joining in and finding new and existing ways to be part of the celebration; from community service activations to city-wide celebrations, there’s room for everyone to be involved.

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City of Memphis Bicentennial Gala

In the kick off to the Mid-South region’s “Bicentennial Summer,” the City of Memphis’ celebration gala will be held on the official 200th anniversary of the city’s founding, May 22, 2018. Seating is limited for this exclusive event which will feature live music and a decadent menu.

Shelby County Finale

Capping off our region’s bicentennial festivities, we’ll honor the official bicentennial of Shelby County November 24, 2018 with a night of culture.

Pink Palace “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community” Exhibit Opening

Coming March 2019, the Pink Palace Family of Museums has a special exhibit planned for Memphis’ bicentennial: “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community.” The exhibit will bring together stories of Memphis’ past and present through technology to showcase our future.

Event List

City of Memphis Bicentennial

Bicentennial Event | May 22, 2018
In the kick off to the Mid-South region’s “Bicentennial Summer,” the City of Memphis’ celebration gala will be held on the official 200th anniversary of the city’s founding, May 22, 2018. Seating is limited for this exclusive event which will feature live music and a decadent menu.

Shelby County Bicentennial

Bicentennial Event | November 24, 2018
Capping off our region’s bicentennial festivities, we’ll honor the official bicentennial of Shelby County November 24, 2018 with a night of culture.

Birth of the Bluff City: 1819-1865

Bicentennial Event | Saturday, January 26, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Join us as we learn the early history of the bluff city. Using drawings, photographs, and historical maps from the library’s collections, we’ll explore the streets of Memphis as it grew from a sleepy hamlet along the Mississippi River to a bustling boomtown on the eve of the Civil War.

Pink Palace “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community” Exhibit Opening

Bicentennial Event | March 2019
Coming March 2019, the Pink Palace Family of Museums has a special exhibit planned for Memphis’ bicentennial: “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community.” The exhibit will bring together stories of Memphis’ past and present through technology to showcase our future.

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