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Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Get ready to celebrate the 75th Birthday Anniversary of the King of Rock and Roll – Elvis Presley – in the birthplace of America’s music, Mississippi!

“Elvis Presley’s 75th Birthday Celebration, beginning on January 7 in Tupelo, promises a variety of birthday week events that will help kick-off the year and continue the celebration of Mississippi’s musical influence on the world,” stated Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Director Mary Beth Wilkerson. “Additional events like “Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey” will occur throughout 2010 to enhance the tourism experience for our guests.”

The party begins in the city of his birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, on Thursday, January 7 at the Lyric Theatre. Two champions from the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest, Bill Cherry and Brandon Bennett, will perform all the classic hits by the man who from his humble beginnings in northeast Mississippi became the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. Tickets are $20 to $79.

On Friday, January 8, 2010, at the Elvis Presley Birthplace, you’re invited to enjoy free admission to the house all day, as well as all the other attractions at the memorial garden. At 1 p.m., Tupelo city leaders and other officials will be on hand to commemorate the day, and of course, like any great birthday party, a cake will be served to celebrate 75 years of the life and legend of Elvis.

Attractions in the garden represent Elvis’ childhood including the “walk of life” around the birthplace, which features 42 granite blocks representing each year of Elvis’ life, a “fountain of life,” which symbolizes his life spent in Tupelo, and a “story wall” featuring eleven childhood stories as told by boyhood friends.

The site also showcases a chapel for events and meditation. The newest attraction is the Assembly of God Church Elvis attended as a young boy. The building has been fully restored and offers a presentation of an old-fashioned worship service.

For more information about top events in Mississippi, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Mississippi at http://www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-mississippi.html

Or, take a look at the official web site for Mississippi at http://www.visitmississippi.org/