On Saturday, March 30, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater will transform into one huge birthday party for Tuscaloosa’s Bicentennial Bash. This is one of many family-friendly and free events planned to commemorate the anniversary of Tuscaloosa’s founding.
“When we began planning Tuscaloosa’s 200th anniversary, our Bicentennial Commission’s leadership challenged us to ‘think big’ and create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all citizens,” said Elizabeth McGiffert, event chair of the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission. “We are so excited to announce this fantastic family-focused day that will help set the tone for a year of education, outreach, and special events for our entire community.”
The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater will open its gates to guests beginning at 1 p.m., with live music beginning an hour later. Throughout the afternoon, attendees can take a break from the music by enjoying additional activities set up to highlight Tuscaloosa’s culture and spirit. A special Kids’ Zone, with activities, inflatables, and rides, will ensure even the youngest in Tuscaloosa’s community will stay entertained for hours.
With two separate stages, the Bicentennial Bash features seven straight hours of live musical performances from both big names and new local acts. The show highlights performers with Alabama roots, including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, The Commodores, Moon Taxi, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will grace the main stage at 8 p.m., followed by the grand finale firework display.
“Some of the world’s best-known performers will take the stage, in addition to exciting newcomers who are emerging on the music front,” said Tim Parker, Jr., co-chair of the Tuscaloosa 200 Bicentennial Commission. “Where else but Tuscaloosa could people come together in such a unique way to celebrate our history and look ahead to the future?”
For more information about Tuscaloosa’s Bicentennial Bash or the additional events planned to celebrate the city’s 200th year, visit tuscaloosa200.com.