Tuscaloosa's 200th Birthday 


December 12

  • Tusca200sa Sings


December 13

  • Dedication of the Bicentennial Sculptures
  • Dedication of Time Capsule
  • Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Bicentennial Christmas Parade

Tusca200sa Sings

WHEN: 7 PM December 12 

WHERE: Moody Music Building

810 2nd Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

WHAT: Tusca200sa Sings was a free concert that featured West Alabama’s most talented singers in a unique celebration of our city’s 200th Birthday. Sponsored by the School of Music at the University of Alabama, the program featured performances ranging from classic spirituals to contemporary country hits. We also debuted a new piece written in honor of Tuscaloosa's Bicentennial by Kirsten Hicks. “Tuscaloosa Song" will be an enduring anthem for our city. 

Learn the lyrics to "Tuscaloosa Song" below!

Dedication of the Bicentennial Sculptures & Time Capsule

WHEN: 10 AM December 13 

WHERE: Manderson Landing

69 Jack Warner Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

WHAT: On Friday morning The University of Alabama unveiled two sculptures that were gifted to the citizens of Tuscaloosa from the University. 


The Walkway honors Tuscaloosa's 200-year history from 1819 to 2019. A replica of the route of the Black Warrior River from Demopolis to Tuscaloosa, it traces milestones in our city's existence and survival, but it twists and turns, ebbs and flows have mirrored our city's past. The sculpture was created by Craig R. Wedderspoon.

Minerva is the Roman Goddess of wisdom and adorns the institutional seal of The University of Alabama. She serves as a symbol of the strength of the University as it creates, translates, and disseminates knowledge. The towering and majestic sculpture was designed and created by Caleb O'Connor. Declared by Ovid as "the Goddess of a thousand works," Minerva will beautify Manderson Landing as a reminder we are all one community with a shared vision of impacting the world through teaching, research, and service.

The Time Capsule seeks to answer "What was life like in Tuscaloosa during the year 2019?" A Time Capsule Committee was formed and the group compiled submissions for ways to represent life in Tuscaloosa during this Bicentennial year. From traffic cones to Alabama football memorabilia, the contents describe a full picture of life in 2019. The capsule will be opened when Tuscaloosa celebrates our 250th birthday in 2069.

Christmas Tree Lighting

WHEN: 5:15 PM December 13

WHERE: Tuscaloosa County Courthouse

714 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

WHAT: Tuscaloosa's Christmas Tree was planned to be lit in a public ceremony before the parade begins, officially kicking off the holiday celebrations, but was canceled due to weather.

Bicentennial Christmas Parade

WHEN: 6:30 PM December 13

WHERE: Greensboro Avenue & University Boulevard

WHAT: PARA's 44th Annual Christmas Parade celebrated Tuscaloosa's 200th birthday. The 2019 Grand Marshals were the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial's Co-Chairs Tim Parker, Cathy Randall, and Harrison Taylor. As written in the nomination, “Each is deserving of the recognition individually but together they make up the Dream Team.”

After the parade...

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