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Kentucky to celebrate 225th birthday

Events throughout the Commonwealth scheduled to celebrate anniversary of statehood

KY225-logoFRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2017) – The Kentucky Department of Tourism, among others throughout the state, will celebrate Kentucky’s 225th anniversary of statehood on June 1. Additional events will honor the Commonwealth during the course of the year.

The Bluegrass State was admitted to the Union 225 years ago in June of 1792 and became the fifteenth state in the United States of America. Through the years, the innovation, creativity and steadfastness of generations of Kentuckians have developed our Commonwealth into the vibrant and prosperous place to live that it is today.

“Kentuckians take great pride in our state and we want to encourage them to celebrate not only on June 1, but throughout 2017,” Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum said. “We invite you to join us in a year-long celebration of our history, natural beauty and rich traditions that make us proud to call this state home.”

Earlier this year the Kentucky Department of Tourism launched ky225.com, a website dedicated to the celebration of Kentucky’s 225 years of statehood in 2017 and includes an interactive map of bucket list ideas to experience across the state, as well as list of events.

Visit ky225.com for a full listing of events. June 1 events include:

• June 1, 10 AM – 3 PM, Constitution Square Historic Site 105 East Walnut St Danville, KY
A historic day of commemoration and celebration in the birthplace of the Commonwealth. For more information contact: 859-236-7794 [email protected]

• June 1, 10 AM – 5 PM. Kentucky Statehood Day, Kentucky Historical Society at Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
Opening of new exhibit, “People of Kentucky”, Ribbon Cutting at Noon, Admission is Free. Free campus admission June 2-3 to continue the celebration. For more information visit: historyky.gov.

• June 1, 9 AM – 5 PM, KY 225 Day at Woodford Reserve Distillery
Special $2.25 pricing for History Tours, including a tasting of Rye, various $2.25 items available in the Cafe including Original Carmel corn from Taylor Hollow, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie from Midway School Bakery, and KY Proud side salad. For more information visit: woodfordreserve.com.

• June 1, 5 PM to 9 PM, Central Bank Thursday Night Live
A special CBTNL is planned with live music from Charlie Shuck & The Trendells.
Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park (251 W. Main St)
Local food and beverage vendors, VisitLEX will host a table and provide KY 225 celebration-themed cupcakes and balloons. Visit www.downtownlex.com/central-bank-thursday-night-live.

• Current – September 23, 2017, 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History, Berea Artisan Center
With a long and rich history behind it, Kentucky offers artists a multitude of historical subjects, ideas, traditions and connections. This exhibit includes 60 works by 51 Kentucky artists that record, capture, embrace and celebrate a facet or subject from Kentucky’s rich 225-year history. For more information visit: http://www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov/learn/exhibits/.

The year-long celebration is an initiative of the Kentucky 225th Anniversary Commission, which includes state agencies, legislators, local partners and volunteers.

Travelers are encouraged to share their Kentucky 225 anniversary adventures by using #Ky225. For more information on travel in Kentucky, visit kentuckytourism.com. For additional information visit kentuckytourism.com.