Arizona Celebrates 100 Years of Statehood

Arizona’s centennial anniversary includes a yearlong celebration of its culture and peoples By: Mollie McKenzie
Arizona celebrates its 100th year of statehood with events including the Arizona Best Fest in Phoenix. // © 2011 Arizona Best Fest
Arizona celebrates its 100th year of statehood with events including the Arizona Best Fest in Phoenix. // © 2011 Arizona Best Fest

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Arizona Centennial 
www.az100years.org

Arizona’s 100th Statehood Day on Tuesday, February 14th celebrates their centennial anniversary followed by a yearlong series of festivities. In Phoenix, “Happy Birthday Arizona!” will be commenced with the Centennial Way Re-Dedication where Washington Street will be renamed Centennial Way to honor the street’s historical significance.

Other commemorative events on that date include a car show in downtown Phoenix and an old fashioned train ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon. A Valentine’s Day appropriate Sweetheart dinner at the Sultana Theater and the placement of a time capsule into the Carefree Sundial, to be opened in 2059, are also on the bill.

The yearlong celebration includes an enormous list of exciting events and activities. Such highlights are the 14th Annual Square Dance Festival, the Arizona Best Fest, the Arizona History and Hi-Jinx, Arizona’s Jubilee Jamboree, an Expo on Salt River’s American Indian Community, Tuscan Rodeo Parade and the Arizona State Fair.

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