Mobile Kicks Off Alabama Bicentennial

Alabama became the nation’s twenty-second state on December 14, 1819. During the course of the next three years, our state will support, create, and execute events and activities that commemorate the stories of our people, place, and path to statehood.

Mobile Alabama will be hosting the kick-off festivities for the Alabama 200 Bicentennial celebrations in honor of being the oldest city in the state. During 2017, communities are encouraged to create activities that “Explore Our Places.”  Mobile opened its first event at the Mobile Museum of Art with Alabama Artist of the Year, William Christenberry: Christenberry: In Alabama exhibit. Christenberry has long been associated with his native state, and his work has been consistently, and lovingly, collected over many years by each of Alabama’s major art museums. The exhibit honors William Christenberry’s creative lineage, his legacy, and the enduring love he had of Alabama.  This exhibit will run through June 4, 2017. Also showing at the museum is Contemporary Alabama Photography by guest curator Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and The Mobile Delta: Glass & Light by artist Rene Culler.

On May 5, the community celebration will begin at 6:00pm at Mardi Gras Park with children’s activities including face painting and balloon art. The History Museum, Mobile Carnival Museum, and the Fort of Colonial Mobile will all be offering free admission during this time. The celebration will move to Cooper Riverside Park at 8:00 pm for a concert and fireworks on the river.

There will be many upcoming events this year as we continue to celebrate and encourage our community to Explore Our Places. Up next is Explore Mobile. On June 4th, the History Museum, Gulf Quest, the Exploreum and other downtown attractions along with the Mobile Botanical Gardens, Mobile Museum of Art, and Japanese Gardens at Langan Park will offer free admission as well. To keep up to date on all events and exhibits, go to or follow us on Facebook at Alabama200.