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bicentennial events

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 will be named after the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial during a celebration taking place on Tuscaloosa’s 199th birthday!

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Ringing in Tuscaloosa 200 - December 31, 2018

Head to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on New Years Eve to enjoy the annual Holidays On the River ice skating rink, live music, and an impressive display of fireworks to ring in Tuscaloosa’s 200th year.

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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!

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The Bicentennial Bash - March 30

In March, the festivities continue with the Bicentennial Bash. This event will have a come-and-go atmosphere and will be featuring national entertainers with Alabama ties and local talent allowing locals and visitors alike to enjoy the acts they like best and enjoy downtown Tuscaloosa as well. This event will have a kids zone, firework display, and food trucks.

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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 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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