Bicentennial Events

Past Events

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!

Tuscaloosa 200 Bicentennial Launch Ceremony

January 31, 2019

Things continued for the Bicentennial celebration with the Official Kickoff event at the Tuscaloosa River Market. At this event, the Bicentennial video was launched, the story quilt was unveiled, and Guy Hubbs delivered an inspirational keynote address. 

This event will start at 5:30 PM

March 30, 2019

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The City of Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Bash took place at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Saturday, March 30th! This free event maintained a come-and-go atmosphere and will be featuring all-star Alabama musicians. This was 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 included 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.

Tuscaloosa Through Time: A Bicentennial History Exposition

April 23-27, 2019

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

Community Book Experience

November 21, 2019

Tuscaloosa enjoyed an evening of education featuring the author of “Tuscaloosa - 200 Years in the Making,” Guy Ward Hubbs. The event took place at the Tuscaloosa Federal Building and United States Courthouse from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The comprehensive history of the city of Tuscaloosa is the first of its kind. The evening featured a book signing by the author. 

Tuscaloosa 200 Birthday Extravaganza

December 12 & 13, 2019

In December, we concluded the year by celebrating the city's 200th birthday on December 12 and 13. There were numerous exciting things planned for Tuscaloosa's birthday! This included "200 Voices: Tusca200sa Sings," the unveiling of two Bicentennial Sculptures at Manderson Landing, Dedication of the time capsule, Christmas tree lighting, and PARA's 44th Annual Christmas Parade.

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The First 200 Years: A Quick, Quirky Review of Tuscaloosa's History

Jan 14, 2019

History of Maxwell-Gunter AFB

Jan 16 & 23, 2019

Wilson's Cavalry Raid Through Alabama

Jan 28, 2019

Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama's Cahaba Coal Field

Feb 4, 2019

African-Americans in the U.S. Military From the American Revolution to Integration

Feb 6, 2019

War of 1812 and the Trail of Tears

Feb 13 & 20, 2019

100 Things to do in Alabama this Bicentennial Year

Feb 13, 2019

RAF and the Free French Flight Training at Maxwell and Gunter Fields During WWII

Feb 13, 2019

Emily Baker Women's Classic

Feb 20, 2019

Seven Flags Over Tuscaloosa

Feb 20, 2019

Heritage Festival

Feb 23, 2019

German POW Camp in the Town of Aliceville

Feb 27, 2019

Free French Flight Training at Maxwell and Gunter Fields During WWII

Feb 27, 2019

Alabama in Space

Mar 6, 2019

Alabama, Then and Now - Bicentennial Art Exhibition

Mar 7, 2019

Alabama's Goat Hill and its Stories

Mar 7, 2019

Druid City Arts Festival

Apr 5 & 6, 2019

"Fried Green Tomatoes," on Alabama Live Read of the Screenplay by UA Theatre Students

Apr 7, 2019

Bark in the Park

Apr 13, 2019

Tuscaloosa Through The Years Home Tour

Apr 27, 2019

Death by Chocolate Tournament

May 2, 2019

What's Your Story Tuscaloosa

Aug 2, 2019

2019 United Way Campaign Kickoff Luncheon

Aug 13, 2019

Young Leaders Society Trivia Night

Aug 22, 2019

Druid City Music Festival

August 23 & 24, 2019

For the Good of our City

Sep 14, 2019

Young Leaders Society Scavenger Hunt

Sep 19, 2019

The Strip: Tuscaloosa's Most Colorful Mile

Sep 24, 2019

Lunch at Government Plaza with the Tuscaloosa Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Sep 14, 2019

Bank of the State Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Exhibit Series: Civil War and Reconstruction

Sep 17 - Feb 1 | Event Link

200 Voices: Tusca200sa Sings

Dec 12, 2019