2019 promises a year of celebrations in America and there’s no shortage of ways to join in the fun.
What better way to start the year than with a look at 2019’s calendar of special events and anniversaries? There are parties and galas as well as the buzz and action of caravans and festivals. Whether it’s the focus of vacation time or a pleasant bonus to other plans, there’s no shortage of ways to join a celebration.
Across the U.S., Corvette enthusiasts can join the 2019 Corvette Caravan. In late August, Corvette enthusiasts will gather around the country to form road trip caravans of the classic cars to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum. In Arizona and New Mexico, the caravan will travel along some of the most scenic stretches of the two states. corvettecaravan.com/az-nm
July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon. In Flagstaff, Arizona, the Lunar Legacy celebrates Flagstaff’s scientific contributions to the Apollo lunar missions. In Colorado, Apollopalooza 2019
will mark the occasion at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver (July 13–20). At the Kennedy Space Center, along the Space Coast in Florida, an Apollo Celebration Gala will be held under the Apollo Saturn V Rocket (limited tickets). flagstaffarizona.org/lunarlegacy; wingsmuseum.org; apollocelebrationgala.com
They’ll be rolling in on two wheels for the 78th Anniversary of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. Held from March 8–17, Bike Week is the world’s largest motorcycle event. officialbikeweek.com/event-detail/78thanniversary-of-bike-week-2019/
Fans from around the galaxy gather in Las Vegas to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek at the 2019 Official Star Trek Convention (July 31–August 4). creationent.com
The Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally draws more than 275,000 people to the Grand Strand of South Carolina (May 10– 19). The bi-annual event has been held since 1940 and riders come to the coast to ride, enjoy the shoreline, meet old friends and make new ones. myrtlebeachbikeweek.com
The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad happened in Utah on May 10, 1869, and Spike 150 is organized to partner with all those celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony in Utah. Special events, including the world’s largest steam locomotive, will be held at the Golden Spike National Historic Site on May 10 to 11. spike150.org
In Minneapolis, the NCAA Men’s Final Four Minneapolis will be held from April 6–8 at the U.S. Bank Stadium and other locations. finalfourminneapolis.com
In Massachusetts, the 25th anniversary of the Ciderdays Festival is an annual community celebration of all things apple with tours, cidermaking, tastings and workshops in orchards and venues. ciderdays.org
In the charming town of Williamstown in the stunning Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival will celebrate its 65th year in 2019. wtfestival.org