Centennial: Opening Ceremonies are Friday Afternoon

February 8, 2012

Grand ceremonies will open the Arizona Centennial Celebration Downtown Tucson at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 10, to mark the 100th birthday of our state.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will raise the American flag that flew over Downtown Tucson on Febuary 14, 1912 as Arizona became the 48th state.

A century of planes will fly overhead. Look up to see: a 1917 biplane; a 1925 De Havilland; a 1950 Piper Cub; a 1972 Cessna and a 2012 Beechcraft Baron.

On the ground, you will see a century of cars lined up outside the Fox Theatre, one to represent every decade that Arizona has been in the union.

Tucson High School Band and Choir will perform the National Anthem and the recently recovered Arizona state anthem. The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona will present the colors in honor of the 100th Anniversary of both the state of Arizona and the Girl Scout movement.

The celebration is a weekend of concerts, street festivals, free museums, a ferris wheel, a gigantic slide and more.  All shows will highlight Tucson’s rich and diverse heritage, including a children’s concert with the Grammy nominated “King of Kid Hop,” Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, to benefit Tu Nidito and the Christina-Taylor Green Foundation, and a conversation with prominent figures from Tucson’s past.

The three-day event has dozens of diverse artists and features Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave) and Arizona favorite Jerry Riopelle.

Riopelle headlines the Friday lineup at the Jim Click Automotive Main Stage at 6th Avenue and Pennington, and Moore is the Main Stage’s headline act on Saturday.

Complete Centennial event listings are available here and information about street closures associated with the event are available here.