Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration

Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration

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Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration

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21st Annual
Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration

May 21 & 22, 2016
Jim Thorpe, PA

Presented by the
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.

Jacobus 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 accomplished ballroom dancer.

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 century.

- 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.

The celebration starts with a Native American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 AM. John Thorpe (Jim Thorpe's grandson), Don Wild Eagle,  numerous Carlisle, PA guests and Native Americans make the journey to participate.

At 11am, 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.

The 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 headline show at the Opera House.

Many fine 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 amnt1@ptd.net.

- How to Get Here

Click 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 from 903S, 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.