Commemorating Missouri’s Bicentennial

at Missouri State Parks

Join Missouri State Parks in commemorating the bicentennial of Missouri’s entry into the United States of America as the 24th state. Take time in 2021 to reflect on the past, present and future of Missouri. The road to statehood was controversial, long and complex. Missouri’s admission changed the nation on many different fronts. We look forward to telling stories of the state’s history and culture through acts of service, stewardship and interpretation during the bicentennial year, with planning currently underway. 

Missouri State Parks provides many ways to commemorate what is historic and unique to the state of Missouri, from virtual interpretation to recreational opportunities such as camping and hiking. You can even visit the time and place of Missouri’s statehood at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

You can view a list of upcoming bicentennial-related activities, virtual events and educational opportunities below. If you have questions, reach out to your local state park or historic site by phone, or email moparks@dnr.mo.gov for more information.   

We look forward to seeing you this year. You are always welcome at Missouri State Parks.

Bicentennial Events:

Date
Name of Event
Location
Time
June 24 Bennett Traditions Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon 11 a.m.
June 26 Jefferson Landing Backyard Concert Jefferson Landing State Historic Site/Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
July 9-10 Bicentennial Missouri State Parks Commemorative Quilt Showing Prairie State Park, Mindenmines 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 10 Guided "Bison-tennial" Hike Prairie State Park, Mindenmines 10 a.m. to noon
July 15 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Missouri's Marvelous Mammals" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
July 17 Jefferson Landing Backyard Concert Jefferson Landing State Historic Site/Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
July 20 [Virtual] Missouri Trailblazers: Suzanne Saueressig Jefferson Landing State Historic Site/Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City, and Daniel Boone Regional Library 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
July 21 Wardrobes of the First Missouri State Capitol First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
July 22 Bennett Traditions Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon 11 a.m.
Aug. 6 Missouri Bicentennial Pictionary St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Aug. 7 2021 Bicentennial Ride Katy Trail State Park -- start at Windsor or St. Charles  
Aug. 7 Bicentennial Cake Decoration Competition First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Aug. 7

Giuded "Bison-tennial" Hike

Prairie State Park, Mindenmines 10 a.m. to noon
Aug. 7 Missouri Bicentennial Bash and Commemoration First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Aug. 7 Missouri Bicentennial Jeopardy St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Aug. 10 1820s Picnic Felix Vallé State Historic Site, Ste. Genevieve 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aug. 17 Missouri Trailblazers: John William "Blind" Boone and Carl Schurz Jefferson Landing State Historic Site/Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City, and Daniel Boone Regional Library 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Aug. 19 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Missouri's and Mexico's Bicentennials" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Aug. 21 Jefferson Landing Backyard Concert Jefferson Landing State Historic Site/Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Aug. 26 Bennett Traditions Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon 11 a.m.
Sept. 11 Guided "Bison-tennial" Hike Prairie State Park, Mindenmines 10 a.m. to noon
Sept. 15-25 Picking Up Pawpaws Contest Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon Weigh-in: Wed-Sun, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 16 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Camping While Black: Missouri's Camp Dericotte" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sept. 23 Bennett Traditions Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon 11 a.m.
Oct. 21 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "African American Artists Collective" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 28 Bennett Traditions Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon 11 a.m.
Nov. 6 Guided "Bison-tennial" Hike Prairie State Park, Mindenmines 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 4 Guided "Bison-tennial" Hike Prairie State Park, Mindenmines 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.