A 250th birthday doesn’t come around every day but when it does, you want it to be a humdinger!
That’s why St. Louis is putting together its Biggest Birthday Bash, a year-long celebration in 2014, to commemorate its founding 250 years ago.
Here are the key events planned thus far (be sure to check out St. Louis’ birthday website often as St. Louis area attractions continue to add special 250-themed activities to the calendar):
February 14 -16: Birthday Bash Weekend. Was STL founded on Valentine’s Day or on the day after? Historians can’t agree so the city is making a weekend of it. National musical acts, a 25-foot-high flaming heart sculpture titled “Burnin’ Love,” luminary décor, light shows illuminating the park and spectacular fireworks displays will highlight this blow-out event in Forest Park.
Re-enactors will bring St. Louis’ founding to life along the Mississippi riverfront on Saturday, Feb. 15 . They will also trace the broader influence that various cultures played in shaping St. Louis–the Osage, the Spanish and the French, including those from New Orleans and Quebec.
To commemorate St. Louis’ French ties, French heritage awareness group Les Amis will place street signs with the original French names on streets in downtown St. Louis.
February 14: Missouri History Museum Exhibit. A major, free exhibition commemorating the city’s 250th anniversary will open at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Titled “250/250: 50 People; 50 Moments; 50 Places; 50 Images; 50 Objects,” the exhibit will showcase the richness, diversity and complexity of the city’s long history while telling stories of murderers and musicians, prostitutes and poets, composers and clowns.
Displays will feature objects older than 250 years as well as some we still use today. Visitors can listen to first-hand accounts of both the big and small moments that have made St. Louis history and see images of St. Louisans at work and play throughout 250 years.
During opening weekend visitors can participate in interactive exhibits and activities, enjoy live musical performances and ample prime edibles from local food vendors.
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Written by Donna Andrews from the St. Louis CVC.