Mississippi Bicentennial

On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was officially recognized as the 20th state in the United States of America. In 2017 the state will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mississippi’s statehood with a reflection on Mississippi’s history and culture. Through regional bicentennial celebrations and coordinated local events, Mississippi will spend 2017 honoring our people and places, music and food, achievements in agriculture, science, and industry, sports legends, literary and artistic genius, and more.


The bicentennial celebration will begin in January 2017 with a joint session of the Mississippi Legislature. The bicentennial year will end in December with a gala to which citizens from all over our state will be invited. In addition to the gala, celebration events for this weekend will include the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. In the 12 intervening months, communities throughout the entire state and even Mississippians abroad will have an opportunity to participate in this historic milestone for our great state. Plans include:

  • Bicentennial signature events
  • Capitol for a day initiative
  • Co-branded events
  • Taking the bicentennial show on the road


A Bicentennial Matching Grant Program will be established to make many of these events possible for municipalities.
For more information, contact Mary Margaret White at (601) 359-5750 or mmwhite@mississippi.org