Kentucky celebrates 225th birthday with events around the state

Kentuckians can celebrate the 225th anniversary of Kentucky’s statehood with events and more organized by a group of Kentuckians finding ways to honor the many great things the state has to offer.

The Bluegrass State was admitted to the Union 225 years ago in June of 1792 and became the fifteenth state in the United States of America.

Earlier this year the Kentucky Department of Tourism launched, a website dedicated to the celebration of Kentucky’s 225 years of statehood in 2017 and includes an interactive map of bucket list ideas to experience across the state, as well as list of events.

The year-long celebration of the Commonwealth is an initiative of the Kentucky 225th Anniversary Commission, which includes state agencies, legislators, local partners and volunteers.

The initiative was the result of legislation passed during the 2016 session where the Kentucky Chamber was named to have a seat on the commission.

Kentucky Chamber board member Kevin Smith, Vice President, Kentucky Beam Bourbon Affairs with Beam Suntory, served on the commission as the representative for the Chamber to help celebrate the state.

“Kentucky’s 225 Anniversary is a yearlong celebration of our statehood and is a wonderful time to reflect on our past and the Kentuckians who shaped our state.  I encourage everyone to visit the website and check out the bucket list they can do to experience all the wonderful things Kentucky has to offer and makes our Commonwealth so special,” Smith said Thursday.

Many of the events organized by the commission are set to take place Thursday, June 1. Visit the Ky225 website here to see the list of events and much more.

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