Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce
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Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration
May 21 & 22, 2016
Jim Thorpe, PA
Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency
This event honors Jim
Thorpe, a Native American, one
of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, and our town's namesake.
Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe (Sac and
Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk) (May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953) was
one of the finest athletes ever to take the field. He won Olympic gold medals in
the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football at the
collegiate and professional levels, and also played professional
baseball and basketball, bowled, rode horseback, and was even an
In 1950, The
Associated Press named Thorpe
the greatest athlete of the first half of the twentieth century. In
1999, he was ranked third on their list of top athletes of the 20th
- What's Going On
The 21st Annual
Jim Thorpe Birthday
Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22,
2016 at Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe.
starts with a
American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on Saturday, May 21 at
10:30 AM. John Thorpe (Jim Thorpe's grandson),
Carlisle, PA guests and Native Americans make the journey to
the Jim Thorpe High School Olympian Cross Country and Track Teams
will carry the lighted torch from the monument to the Jim Thorpe
High School Stadium to light the Olympic Torch for the Special
Olympic Track and Field Competition and then down 903 to the
Heights, down Opera House Hill and then down Broadway to Josiah
White Park for the lighting of our Olympic Torch.
weekend includes free musical performances,
Native American folklore, dancing and drumming, craft and food vendors,
a clown for the children, a large Chinese Auction, and a
show at the Opera House.
crafts, vendors, great food,
outdoor and Opera House performances will be in town all weekend for
your enjoyment. For more information, contact Anne Marie Fitzpatrick,
Event Coordinator, at 570-325-9281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Get Here
for maps and directions.
Where to Park
Parking in town itself is challenging on any weekend. The best thing is
to simply avoid trying to park on Broadway. Instead, use the Carbon
County Municipal Lot behind the
downtown train station.
If you are
arriving in Jim Thorpe on 209S
from Stroudsburg, bear right through the light and in approximately 50
yards on your right, you'll see the lot entrance. If you are coming
then cross the bridge and go left at the light. From Nesquehoning on 209N
just proceed straight through the light. In about 150 yards you'll see
the lot on your left.