The party started early, though, with events all around town during the weekend.
Excitement was building downtown for the
anniversary. People were abuzz with dancing, singing, enjoyment of the
sights and sounds Saturday night. The following Sunday night, Mayor
Madeline Rogero attended a number of events, including a special dinner
and fireworks show on the Gay Street Bridge.
"It's never been done
before. The Gay Street Bridge, since it's opened, has not been closed,"
Liza Zenni with the Arts and Culture Alliance said.
Zeni said the last 25 years in particular saw the transformation of the city into what it is today.
has been experiencing a renaissance. Our downtown looked nothing like
this 25 years ago. It was a ghost town, and now it's hopping nad popping
every day, all day," she said.
The city closed the bridge between
Blount and Hill avenues from 6 a.m. until midnight Sunday. The
sidewalks there were also closed after 6 p.m.
Today, the city
will continue the celebration with a number of events. The Historic
Homes of Knoxville will be hosting a Founder's Day luncheon at 11:30
a.m. at The Foundry in World's Fair Park. WBIR's Bill Landry from The
Heartland Series will be the guest speaker at that luncheon.
Tennessee Theatre just got done celebrating its 88th anniversary Sunday.
It will be hosting Mighty Musical Monday starting at noon. Doors will
open at 11:30 a.m.
As Knoxville celebrates its past, community leaders are looking to the future.
"The most exciting thing that we've yet to see is what's going to happen between now, and the 250th anniversary," Zenni said.