Celebrate Memphis: Memphians show their pride at day-long celebration at Tom Lee Park

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Celebrate Memphis is in the books with a bicentennial celebration you saw only on Local 24.

With music, food, even a new world record, the event at Tom Lee Park Saturday offered a little bit for everyone. A fireworks finale capped off hours of festivities for Memphis’ 200th birthday, right on the city’s front lawn.

For those who’ve lived here for decades or just a year or two, thousands of people soaked in this bicentennial event and shared a common Memphis pride. 

From music to culture to food, thousands showcased the city of Memphis on its 200th birthday bash, Celebrate Memphis. 

“It’s kind of like what Elvis Presley said, everything,” said Patsy Smith.

“It is a big deal, 200 years right,” said David Smith.

As planes flew overhead during an afternoon air show, those who came out said this bicentennial also symbolized the city’s bright future.

“I just think it represents momentum in this city. There’s a lot of community about what’s happening here. There’s a lot of positive energy,” said Justin Lawhead.

And that energy played out as hundreds of people sat as one at this quarter-mile long picnic table. The more than 1300-foot structure set a new Guinness World Record. It took 500 manhours to build and needed 19-thousand screws.  

“It makes me so proud to see the diversity and people enjoying themselves,” said Libby Jeu.

As this crowd celebrated Memphis, they also honored its authenticity, and looked forward to its next century of soul.

“You can talk to people all over the world and they love to come to this city. It’s amazing that you’ve got culture here that’s unique,” said David Smith.

Local 24 is a proud supporting partner of ‘A New Century of Soul,’ the official Memphis bicentennial celebrations.

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