2016 Tricentennial Celebration

Happy 300th Birthday Natchez, Mississippi! 

Natchez is having a Birthday Celebration August 3, 2016 and you are invited to attend!


On Wednesday, August 3rd , Natchez officially turns 300 and you are invited to celebrate! All events listed are free and open to the public and I hope you will be a part of this historical day for our great city.

The celebration will kick off with an opening ceremony at 9:00 am with Principal Chief/Great Sun of the Natchez Nation Hutke Fields, a presentation on the Natchez Indians by historian Jim Barnett, and free activities for children accompanied by a guardian at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard.  The celebration will continue at the Natchez Visitors Center at 1:30 pm with presentations on Colonial Louisiana by authors and historians Emily Clark and Erin Greenwald.  This event will also include a Fort Rosalie artifact display, book signings with speakers Barnett, Clark and Greenwald, and free Junior Ranger activities for children accompanied by a guardian.  The Natchez National Historical Park dedication of  Fort Rosalie, the National Park Service’s 3rd site in Natchez, will be held at 4:00 pm at Fort Rosalie, 528 South Canal Street.

The 300th Birthday Celebration of Natchez will conclude with a street party at 6:00 pm on Broadway Street overlooking the Mississippi River.  The party will include art and food vendors, children’s activities, FREE cupcakes and ice cream, live music by the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Big Drew & the Bubbadelic, a giant cooling tent, fireworks, and so much more!  Don’t miss out on Tricentennial commemorative posters, Coca-Cola bottles and other items that will be for sale.

Check out the Lost Bayou Ramblers: http://www.lostbayouramblers.com/

Art Vendor Application: http://bit.ly/29Py13r

Food Vendor Application: http://bit.ly/29ZB5eA

If rain: day events will be held at the Natchez Visitor Center and the Birthday Party will be held at the Community Center.

Free shuttle services to the bluff from the Natchez Visitor Center and downtown will be provided.  Entrance locations to the birthday party will be available at the corners of Main & Broadway Street and Franklin & Broadway Street.

**No pets, ice chests, tents, food or drink from outside the gates, weapons, or illegal substances. Security will check bags, backpacks, strollers and wagons at all entrances for your safety. These items are not permitted and this rule will be enforced at all entries to the day’s events, no exceptions.

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A Recent Natchez Tricentennial Video

Natchez on the hill, from the Marine Hospital. Sketched by our special artist, A. R. Waud.