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Explore our cornerstone events and scroll to the bottom for a full calendar of Bicentennial events happening in Tuscaloosa!

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Dedication of Bicentennial Square - December 13, 2018

Government Plaza’s central gazebo has been named after the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial during a celebration that took place on Tuscaloosa’s 199th birthday!

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Tuscaloosa 200 Bicentennial Launch Ceremony - January 31

Things continue for the Bicentennial celebration with the Official Kickoff event at the Tuscaloosa River Market. At this event, the Bicentennial video will be launched, the story quilt will be unveiled, and a keynote from Guy Hubbs will be delivered. You can look forward to all of this and more!

This event will start at 5:30 PM

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The Bicentennial Bash - March 30

The City of Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Bash is coming to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Saturday, March 30th! This free event will have a come-and-go atmosphere and will be featuring all-star Alabama musicians. This is a one-day, family friendly concert allowing locals and visitors alike to enjoy the acts they like best and enjoy downtown Tuscaloosa as well. In addition to music acts on two stages at the Tuscaloosa Amp, the day-long celebration of Tuscaloosa’s 200th birthday includes a lively Kids Zone with rides, inflatables and hands-on activities for children of all ages! Click below to learn more about the artists and schedule.

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Tuscaloosa Through Time: A Bicentennial History Exposition - April 23-27

The Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission, in cooperation with Tuscaloosa City Schools and area private and parochial schools, will host a three-day history exposition entitled Tuscaloosa Through Time. This event will be the product of the collective efforts of the students of the City of Tuscaloosa.  Each school has been assigned an era of city history and will engage in a year-long, collaborative, comprehensively cross-curricular study of that time. Students (guided by their teachers) will research, design, construct and present an exhibit on their assigned era.  A core intention of this event is to engage all students in a deep study of the city’s past.

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Community Book Experience - September Date TBA

Come and enjoy a night of fun and education with the author of “Tuscaloosa - 200 Years in the Making,” Guy Ward Hubbs. This comprehensive history of the city of Tuscaloosa is the first of it’s kind. The night will feature a book signing by the author.

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Tuscaloosa 200 Birthday Party & Holiday Parade - December 13, 2019

In December, we conclude the year by celebrating the city's 200th birthday on December 13, 2019. There are plenty of exciting things planned for Tuscaloosa's birthday! This is including, but not limited to: the Bicentennial Christmas Parade brought to you by PARA, unveiling of the sculpture at Manderson Landing, Christmas tree lighting, and the sealing of the time capsule.

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