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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Events

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo mission that first placed humans on the moon. Check out the events happening in the Tennessee Valley to comme...

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo mission that first placed humans on the moon. Check out the events happening in the Tennessee Valley to commemorate this historic moment.

Around Huntsville

Downtown Huntsville

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Dancing in the Streets
-Friday, July 19th at 6:00 PM Musical performances themed to the last five decades will take place on each side of the Historic Downtown Square. There will be exhibits from Apollo, Space Shuttle, International Space Station all the way to SLS!  A projection experience will end the evening and inspire the latest endeavor of space exploration.  Downtown Exclusives signature cocktails will be available at many establishments.  And the Food Truck All Stars event will move to the square for the occasion.

Follow the Moon Huntsville by INTUITIVE

July 11-20

Recurring daily

We invite you to “Follow the Moon”, sponsored by the Apollo 11 Golden Anniversary Sponsor Intuitive Research and Technology, around Huntsville. Take a ‘moonshot’ of yourself, your family, your children and post it on social media using the hashtags #itsintuitive, #visitthemoonhsv and #ihearthsv for a chance to be featured on INTUITIVE’S social media platforms, as well as the CVB, for a chance to win FREE INTUITIVE Planetarium tickets.

#visitthemoonhsv can be found at the following locations:

7/15: Yellowhammer Brewing – Monday evening during the Rocket City Summer Fest: A night at Yellowhammer Brewing
7/16: Guinness World Record Rocket Launch, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
7/16: Apollo 11 Homecoming Dinner, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
7/19: Apollo 50th Post Launch Celebration, Courthouse Square, hosted by DHI
7/20: Moon Landing Concert, U.S. Space & Rocket Center


UAH M. Louis Salmon Library Special Collections and Archives
– Sunday, July 14 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The UAH Library Archives and Special Collections invite the north Alabama community to enjoy an afternoon of Apollo history. The event will include behind-the-scenes tours of the archives, and a showing of documentary “When We Were Apollo.” The film’s producer Zach Weil will give a brief talk. There will be an opportunity to record personal memories of the Apollo 11 mission and a history exhibit curated by UAH Archives and Special Collections staff. Light refreshments with a 1960s theme will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

UAH Library Exhibit “To Land on the Moon: Huntsville and the Apollo Program.” M. Louis Salmon Library Art Gallery “
– July 14 – July 31
This exhibit highlights the roles of Huntsville and its inhabitants and their contributions to the early space race and the Apollo program. The majority of the materials on display are housed in UAH Special Collections and Archives.

UAH Head of Special Collections Reagan Grimsley talks Space History on Science Friday, on WLRH Radio 89.3 FM/HD and nationwide on National Public Radio.
– July 19 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Reagan Grimsley, of UAH Special Collections and U.S. Space and Rocket Center Curator Ed Stewart speak on the topic of collecting space history.

Fireworks Display – UAH campus
– July 20 8:30 p.m.
Display will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The North Alabama community is invited to park on the UAH campus for the show, which is expected to last 10 minutes.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Celebration car show at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
-Saturday, July 13th at 9:00 AM

Rockets on Parade at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
-Monday, July 15th at 9:00 AM

Concert in the park – A tribute to space
-Monday, July 15th 

Guinness Book of World Record attempt at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
-Tuesday, July 16th at 8:30 AM

Global Rocket Launch
-Tuesday, July 16th at 9:00 AM

Celebration on Launch Day at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
-Tuesday, July 16th at 9:00 AM

Rocket City Summer Fest at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
-Saturday, July 20th at 5:00 PM

More information on all the events taking place at the Space & Rocket Center can be found on their Facebook Page.

Huntsville/Madison Public Library

Snoopy Soars with NASA
-View this one-of-a-kind exhibit created by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. More information here.

When We Were Apollo: Documentary Screening and Discussion
-Watch When We Were Apollo, a fascinating documentary look at the men and women who worked together to send man to the moon. After the film, speak to people who were actually there for the mission. More event info here.

Other Events

Pass the Torch Apollo Legacy Panels
-In celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago, this lecture series will feature those who lived and worked it. More event details here.

One Small Step: Apollo 11 Reflections
-Join the Lowe Mill A&E artists and makers for an artistic celebration 50 years in the making! More events here.

Apollo 11k in Madison, AL
-Sunday, September 15th at 8:00 AM. More info here

Purchase a Saturn V specialty tag
-Show your state pride and spread the message: Alabama, First to the Moon! Click here for more information.