Missouri 2021 Bicentennial

August 10, 2021, marks the two hundredth anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. A state with many different regional cultures, geographies, and industries, each Missouri community, county, and region has a story to tell about its people, their history, their commerce, and their culture. By celebrating the accomplishments and diversity of all these regions, we help create a better understanding of our one Missouri and the ties that bind us together.

A successful commemoration of Missouri’s two hundredth year will engage all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis in a meaningful look at the Show-Me State’s past, present, and future. Missourians will reflect on the events that have shaped their communities, counties, regions, and the entire State, while starting a new chapter in its’ unique history.

While a time of celebration, it is also a time to reflect and to build a strong future for the State, setting the course for Missouri’s next 200 years.

Visit the Missouri 2021 website to learn more.

Visit Missouri2021.org

Featured Events

Friday, August 6 – Sunday, August 8

August 6 – 8 | Columbia
Join us in Columbia to commemorate the Missouri Bicentennial with music, exhibitions, talks, film screenings, folk art demonstrations, and performances. Together for '21 Fest is organized by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the University of Missouri.

Saturday, August 7

August 7 | First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles
Commemorate the Missouri Bicentennial in St. Charles at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. Tour the historic rooms where statehood began, attend lectures, walk the stationary parade route, and more. The event is organized by Missouri State Parks.

Monday, August 9 – Tuesday, August 10

August 9 – 10 | Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

Join us in Jefferson City August 9-10 for the Missouri Statehood Day Commemoration, including the formal recognition of the Missouri Bicentennial, reveal of the Missouri Bicentennial stamp, exhibits in the Capitol, a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony, and an ice cream social at Central Dairy. The event is organized by the Missouri Bicentennial Commission.

Tuesday, August 10

August 10 | Statewide
August 10, 2021, marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri statehood and Missouri 2021 is encouraging communities across the state to commemorate the day with an ice cream social! Nothing brings people together like ice cream, and an ice cream social is a most appropriate way to celebrate Missouri, since the ice cream cone is the official state dessert! Look for an ice cream social near you!

Thursday, August 12 – Sunday, August 22

August 12 – 22 | Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia
In Sedalia, join us for Our Missouri Celebration at the 2021 Missouri State Fair. The theme this year is the Missouri Bicentennial with special exhibits to commemorate statehood along with livestock shows, concerts, motorsport events, and more. The event is organized by Missouri State Fair.

Featured Projects

In 1921, Vinnorma Shaw designed a poster to commemorate the Missouri Centennial and advertise the Missouri Centennial Exposition at the Missouri State Fair. One hundred years later, Missouri students help us commemorate the state’s 200th anniversary.

In honor of our great state’s two hundred year anniversary, the State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Company, in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild, teamed up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt.

A project of the Saint Louis Ambassadors and the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule contains items to represent the past, present, and future of Missouri organizations, institutions, businesses, and local and state government agencies.

The online Missouri Encyclopedia, a project of the State Historical Society of Missouri, provides users easy access to authoritative information on the history and culture of Missouri. As an online resource, the Missouri Encyclopedia is available to users throughout Missouri and far beyond the state’s borders.

Selected photographs by professional and amateur photographers showcase the geographic and cultural landscape of the state. On the occasion of Missouri's bicentennial, they provide an opportunity to reflect upon and increase the understanding of the state's rich diversity.