Happy Birthday Missouri! Celebrating 200 years. Celebrations across the state.

Happy 200th birthday Missouri! The state is celebrating its bicentennial Tuesday, August 10. Missouri became the 24th state on this day 200 years ago in 1821. Missouri is home to over six million residents with Jefferson City serving as the home to the State Capital. Known as the Show Me state and that phrase started in 1899, when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, “I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.”

The ice-cream cone is Missouri’s official dessert.  Celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial with some ice cream at your favorite local ice cream parlor. Several communities around the state will host ice cream socials to celebrate. Here’s a list of ice cream socials throughout the state of Missouri: https://missouri2021.org/ice-cream-social/

Check out other events across the state: https://missouri2021.org/statehood-day-events/

Missouri Facts

  • State Animal: Missouri Mule
  • State Bird: Bluebird
  • State Dessert: Ice Cream Cone
  • State Flower: Hawthorn
  • State Insect: Honeybee
  • State Musical Instrument: Fiddle
  • State Tree: Flowering Dogwood

Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks is celebrating 90 years. The Lake of the Ozarks was created by the construction of the Bagnell Dam, which began on Aug. 8, 1929, and completed in April 1931. With a surface area of 54,000 acres, The Lake was the largest manmade lake in the United States at the time of its completion, and one of the largest manmade lakes in the world. Today, The Lake boasts more shore length at 1,150 miles than the state of California. The Lake draws in more than 5 million visitors every year with more than 70,000 homes lining the shore.

Tonight enjoy the Best Dam Fireworks Show from all over the Lake of the Ozarks. Check out the Best Dam Birthday Events here: https://bestdambirthdaybash.com/birthday-bash-events/

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