In 2019, Alabama will celebrate its 200th birthday. ALABAMA 200 is an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate our wonderful places, to remember the people who made our state great, to nurture the generations who will carry us forward, and to learn from our history as we build for the future.
The mission of ALABAMA 200 is to support, create, and execute events and activities between 2017 and 2019 that commemorate the people and places of Alabama, as well as its path to statehood. In schools and communities across the state, bicentennial events and activities will teach, inspire, and entertain residents and visitors of all backgrounds.
ALABAMA 200 is bringing something for citizens and visitors of all ages to share and explore as we celebrate our state’s bicentennial. From a history walk and folk-life festivals, to traveling exhibitions and reunions, ALABAMA 200 is creating a three-year celebration for every facet of our beginning to our current life.
ALABAMA 200 is about more than commemorating 200 years of a government. The state of Alabama exists as a place of unparalleled natural beauty, and it is the home of a diverse and distinct people who share a history with unique perspectives and values. It is a sense of shared culture and stories. You only turn 200 years old once, and honoring the history that changed the world will need some time.
We begin in 2017 by “Discovering Our Places,” which coincides with Alabama’s territorial bicentennial. 2018 is the year for “Honoring Our People.” We will share the experiences and stories of all Alabamians. “Sharing Our Stories” will be the theme of 2019 which will mark the conclusion of ALABAMA 200. We invite you to continue celebrating what makes our state distinct and honor the days to come with history as our guide.
We welcome our local community to submit their event ideas for official endorsement by completing this endorsement form!