Fans of Elvis Presley gather every year to celebrate the birthday of “the King” on January 8th.
Born in 1935, this year Elvis would have been 74 years old.
Presley’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee is, of course, a special spot for celebrations — and the 2009 festivities are taking place all through the week and weekend.
His Graceland estate will host a number of events including live performances, a scavenger hunt, tours of the estate, and Elvis bingo!
What are you doing to celebrate the 74th birthday of ‘the king of rock & roll’?
D&N’s and Elvis Meetup’s Gospel Tribute to Elvis
12:01 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. Graceland Front Gates
D&N’s Elvis Presley Fan Club and the Elvis Meetup Fan Club invite you to join their annual tradition. Meet at the gates of Graceland at midnight on Elvis’s birthday as they join fans from across the globe singing familiar gospel songs, and of course, Happy Birthday to Elvis.
Elvis Presley Day Ceremony
9:30 a.m. North lawn of Graceland. Enjoy a ceremony with a special program hosted by Priscilla Presley, along with Graceland/EPE officials, a birthday cake cutting and a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Free admission. Complimentary birthday cake and coffee served at the Chrome Grille restaurant across the street from the mansion following the ceremony.
Can’t be in Memphis for the Elvis Day Ceremony? You will still be able to enjoy the ceremony live via a special streaming livecam that will be available. Click here for details and to bookmark the page.
Terry Mike Jeffrey Performing Live
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Graceland Ticket Pavilion. After enjoying Elvis birthday cake, enjoy a live, unplugged session of Elvis music performed by Terry Mike Jeffrey inside the ticket pavilion at Graceland. Free.
Bears on Tour – Scavenger Hunt at Graceland
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Starting at the Graceland Ticket Office. Guests are invited to tour Graceland Mansion (no audio tour) and the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum while simultaneously participating in a trivia scavenger hunt. All participants receive a collectible, limited-edition Elvis Presley birthday bear from Limited Treasures. Adult and junior versions of the scavenger hunt will be available. Prizes for both adult and junior versions to be announced. Admission: $29.00 Adults; $12.00 children 7-12. Tickets on sale now through Graceland Reservations by calling (800) 238-2000 or (901) 332-3322, or you can click here to purchase online.
Club Elvis at Graceland
8:00 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight. Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Plaza. Come hang out and enjoy a private party with your fellow Elvis fans. A disc jockey spins Elvis records for your listening and dancing pleasure. Cash bar featuring adult beverages (ID’s checked) and soft drinks. Outdoor smoking area designated, no smoking inside. Admission $20.00. Tickets on sale now through Graceland Reservations by calling (800) 238-2000 or (901) 332-3322, or you can click here to purchase online.
Fans of Elvis also continue to flock to Presley’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi to see the house, now museum, where ‘the King’ was born.
Aside from the revealing photographs and dioramas, the museum itself is noteworthy because the memorabilia (a few costumes, some photos, etc.) largely comes from the collection of longtime family friend, Janelle McComb. When he was 4, Elvis befriended McComb, who was about 11 years older, and they kept in touch after the Presleys moved to Memphis. When Elvis died in 1977, Vernon asked McComb to write the epitaph for his grave. The museum, which was updated in 2006, takes about 15 minutes to walk through, and unlike the trek through Graceland, nobody’s crying at the end. Instead, visitors are more likely to be quietly humbled to see how one of the world’s most famous entertainers came from such an unlikely place.