MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Happy 200th Birthday Memphis!
The City begins its year-long bicentennial celebration Wednesday with several events to mark the special occasion.
The historic milestone kicks off at 9 a.m. as Memphians come together to improve parts of the city by painting the rails that line the Mississippi River parks to beautify the river front, trash pickup along the Mississippi River, meal packaging at the Mid-South Food Bank.
Also, Memphis City Beautiful has partnered with the City of Memphis and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to bring a 3-mile long walking and biking trail to T.O. Fuller State Park. The trail will be made up of more than 40,000 tires that have been collected from around the city, and when it’s complete, it will be one of the longest porous trails in the world.
At 10 a.m., the 100th Anniversary of Orange Mound will be celebrated. The iconic community was the city’s first neighborhood built completely by and for African Americans.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says the bicentennial is about celebrating all that Memphis has to offer, “this is the time we can all come together, no matter what neighborhood you live in, even if you don’t live in Memphis and you are a Memphian at heart. You can come down to Tome Lee Park and have a big celebration”.
At 3 p.m. the city will unveil the “MEMPHIS” sign on Mud Island’s south field. This new icon for the community is 50’ long, 10’ tall and weighs 18,000 pounds.
And, on Saturday night, Memphis in May’s big Celebrate Memphis event will be held at Tom Lee Park. If you can’t make it downtown, you can watch the 2-hour prime-time special from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Local 24 News.