Here are ways to celebrate Missouri's bicentennial:

Events are free to the public and do not require pre-registration unless noted.

Those attending Columbia events, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible.

SUNDAY

Bicentennial tree dedication

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Flat Branch Park, 300 S Providence Road

Details: In recognition of Indigenous peoples who called these lands home, the Missouri Bicentennial Commission and Columbia Parks and Recreation will dedicate a burr oak/white oak hybrid in Flat Branch Park.

"Wait … There are Native People in Missouri?" with Galen Gritts

When: 11 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Where: Center for Missouri Studies, Cook Hall, First Floor, 605 Elm Street

Details: Missouri Humanities Council Native Heritage speaker Galen Gritts of St. Louis will talk about land acknowledgment of Indigenous people and their history in this area long before statehood.

Missouri Music at 200

When: 1 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Where: University of Missouri–Columbia, Peace Park, 401 S 9th Street

Details: Music in the American Wild Ensemble will perform new works inspired by Missouri history, culture, and geography.

Voices of Arrow Rock by Friends of Arrow Rock

When: 2:30 p.m.–4 p.m.

Where: Center for Missouri Studies, Cook Hall, First Floor, 605 Elm Street.

Details: Voices of Arrow Rock is a theatrical production bringing to life voices of early Arrow Rock citizens whose experiences help us understand what life was like during the early to mid-19th century on the Missouri frontier.

MONDAY

Supreme Court Tours

When: 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Where: Supreme Court of Missouri, 207 W. High St., Jefferson City

Details: Tours of the court are 30 minutes in length and accommodate no more than 65 people. Tours include the first floor, a courtroom (either Division I or Division II), the Old Drum statue, and the law library. To register contact Becky Leathers, Interpretive Resource Specialist, 573-751-7331 or becky.leathers@courts.mo.gov.

Bicentennial Bridge and Chess Board Dedication

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: The Missouri Bicentennial Bridge will connect Jefferson City and Adrian Island, providing a pedestrian and bike linkage between the two and restoring Jefferson City’s historic relationship to the Missouri River. The Bicentennial Chess Board is a project of the Missouri Bicentennial Commission with support from the World Chess Hall of Fame.

TUESDAY

Public dedication of the Boone County Bicentennial Monument

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: In front of the Boone County Courthouse, 705 E. Walnut, Columbia

Details: The celebration is open to the public and will include remarks from representatives of the Boone County Commission, University of Missouri, the City of Columbia, and Hawthorn Bank, as well as Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe. It will conclude with a ribbon cutting by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

Formal ceremony recognizing the state bicentennial

When: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Where: Front steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building, Jefferson City

Details:

• Presentation of the Missouri Bicentennial stamp

• Remarks by Gary R. Kremer, Sen. Roy Blunt, Chief Justice Paul C. Wilson and Gov. Michael L. Parson

U.S. naturalization ceremony

When: 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Where: First Floor Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol Building, Jefferson City

Bicentennial tree dedication

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: Southeast Capitol Grounds, Jefferson City

Missouri 2021 ice cream social

When: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Central Dairy, 610 Madison St, Jefferson City

Details: Central Dairy will provide the first 200 customers in line at the parking lot ice cream trailer a free birthday cake flavored sundae. There will also be $1 ice cream cones available for everyone and sampling of Prairie Farms' new small batch ice cream pints.

Bicentennial posters

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First floor, Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: In 2020, Missouri students helped the Missouri Bicentennial Commission commemorate the state’s 200th anniversary by submitting design concepts for a Missouri Bicentennial poster. The exhibit showcases the four winning posters from the elementary and secondary grade levels.

Bicentennial time capsule

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First floor, Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: Add a “note to future Missourians” to the bicentennial time capsule.

Missouri bicentennial mural

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First floor, Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: Best of Missouri Hands artists Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey assisted thousands across the state in painting a large composite aluminum panel mural featuring Missouri state symbols, including but not limited to the state Capitol building, state flag and St. Louis Gateway Arch.

Missouri bicentennial timeline

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First floor, Missouri State Museum, Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: Visitors can follow a river of time that flows through thousands of years of Missouri history. Illustrated by St. Louis-based artist Dan Zettwoch and stretching 80 feet, the timeline highlights the triumphs and four tragedies of Missouri history. Missouri’s state symbols and fun references to Missouri’s culture and folklore are scattered along the timeline.

Missouri Trailblazers

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First floor, Missouri State Museum, Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: Missouri Trailblazers highlights the people, places and organizations that blazed a trail in leadership, innovation and creativity. Explore the exhibit to find Missourians who made a difference, even if you’ve never heard of them. Connect with these trailblazers through artifacts, interpretive panels and games.

My Missouri 2021

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First floor, Missouri State Museum, Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: Between May 2018 and November 2019, Missouri 2021 invited professional and amateur photographers to capture unusual and meaningful aspects of Missouri. The exhibition, oriented around the four seasons, features selected images from this project and reflects the geographic and cultural landscape of the state.

Bicentennial Quilt

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First floor, Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion, and tradition. The quilt exhibition will feature quilts made across the state in honor of the bicentennial year.

On display:

• Missouri Bicentennial Quilt by SHSMO/Missouri Star Quilt Co.

• Missouri 4-H Bicentennial Quilt by Missouri 4-H

Show Me hooked rugs

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First floor, Missouri State Museum, Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City

Details: To commemorate both the Missouri and Santa Fe Trail bicentennials, Big Muddy Rug Hookers/Association of Traditional Hooking Artists are exhibiting more than three dozen traditional hooked rugs by Missouri artists, past and present, at Missouri State Museum.

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