While there is always some reason for celebrations in the South, certain milestones deserve special recognition.
And in 2010, those include everything from Port Aransas, Texas’ 100th birthday celebration
to To Kill a Mockingbird’s 50th anniversary
in Monroeville, Ala. to Dollywood’s 25th anniversary
in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. to Hampton, Va.’s 400th birthday
You can experience some of the region’s history and culture, while having a good time as well.
photo credit: birthday candles, flickr, creative commons by C. Matheus
- Celebrating its 300th birthday, New Bern, N.C., the state’s second oldest town is holding a year-long celebration. Events include a little of everything from Fine Art & Wine Festival (August 26-28) to Christmas Coastal Flotilla (December 4). If your schedule doesn’t allow for your to visit the area then, consider going in September, either on Founder’s Day (September 11) or Jubilee Weekend, September 16-19 that features a rededication of the federal courthouse (September 17) and a street festival on September 18.
- Even though Elvis has “left the building” doesn’t mean Graceland can’t celebrate his 75th birthday throughout 2010. Numerous events are scheduled for Elvis Week, August 10-16 that include various meet ‘n’ greets, karaoke competition and much, much more.
- It passes through two states, 29 counties, six Congressional districts, four National Forests and the Qualla Boundary Cherokee Indian Reservation and in 2010, the Blue Ridge Parkway is also celebrating its 75th anniversary. Events are planned throughout the area, including the Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival near milepost 215 on September 10-12.
- The first undersea park in the nation is turning 50 this year and they want you to celebrate with with them. The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Fla. has numerous events (PDF file) scheduled December 1 –11, and includes a world-record snorkel attempt (December 4) and the all-day signature event on December 11.