Tuscaloosa Celebrates 200th Birthday

The City of Tuscaloosa celebrates bicentennial with a yearlong celebration. The Bicentennial Bash will take place on March 30 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The family friendly event with feature performances from native Alabama bands.

By Katherine Welch
News Reporter

2019 is in full swing, and the City of Tuscaloosa is celebrating. In December of 2018, Tuscaloosa kicked off its yearlong bicentennial celebration.  

According to the Tuscaloosa 200 website, “The Tuscaloosa Bicentennial is currently underway! We are thrilled to launch our plans for once-in-a-lifetime commemoration of 200 years of history, progress, and future promise. A lively and inclusive 12-month calendar of events will entertain, educate, and engage people of all ages.”

To continue the celebration, Tuscaloosa is gearing up for the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Bash. The bash will take place on March 30 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and the event is free to the public.

The event will feature musical guests including Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, the Commodores, Moon Taxi, and Blind Boys of Alabama. There will be two stages of scheduled performers, all native Alabamians.

The gates to the Bicentennial Bash will open at 1 p.m. with a come-and-go atmosphere. Seating will operate on a first come, first serve basis. The General Admission Pit will be one-in, one-out once it reaches capacity.

The event will be a family friendly environment including a kid’s zone for all ages with rides, inflatables, and hands-on activities.

According to the frequently asked questions section on the event page, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater will implement a clear bag policy at the event. All bags must be clear and cannot exceed 12”x12”x8”.  The bag can have a printed logo, but the logo can only be on one side. All items within the bag must be loose and visible.

The Bicentennial Bash will close with a firework show starting at 9 p.m.

There is a variety of sponsors helping to ensure that the events are successful. Sponsors of the yearlong celebration include Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, and The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.

“The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society (TCPS) is a non-profit organization that is concerned with the preservation of historical buildings and sites in order to protect the antiquity of the community,” said Baylee Earnest, public relations campaign student for TCPS. “The bicentennial is an important occasion for Tuscaloosa, so the TCPS has different events throughout the year to celebrate.”

Tuscaloosa has 200 years of rich history to celebrate. As stated in the bicentennial video, “It’s where music rocks & the Tide rolls. Known for a towering chief and an unbeatable Bear. Along the river’s edge where higher education meets innovation and history awaits at every turn. THIS is Tuscaloosa.”

For more information about the Bicentennial Bash and other scheduled events, click here.