Hot Springs 100th Anniversary as a National Park - 2021 Centennial Event | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

Thursday, March 4 & Saturday, March 6

Hot Springs 100th Anniversary as a National Park - 2021 Centennial Event

Location: Hot Springs Convention Center

  • Celebrate 100 years of Hot Springs as a National Park at the March 4th Anniversary Celebration! Hot Springs National Park turns 100 years old on March 4, 2021, and to celebrate this milestone anniversary, the City of Hot Springs, will deliver an official proclamation via horse-drawn carriage declaring March 4th as “Hot Springs National Park Day.” The Friends Of Hot Springs National Park will provide birthday cupcakes from 11:00am – 3:00pm on the front porch of the Fordyce Bathhouse (the park Visitor Center – 369 Central Ave.) Residents and visitors alike can also take their photos in a birthday-themed photo booth while they are there. The park will release a special anniversary video on social media in conjunction with the event at the Fordyce. For everyone’s safety, facemasks are required on federal lands and visitors are reminded to maintain social distancing wherever possible.

    The March 4th anniversary kicks off a series of planned individual, online and in-person anniversary events. On March 6th the Mid-America Science Museum will host the Build Your Own Bathhouse with Mid-America Science Museum event where participants will have the opportunity to create their own bathhouses out of cardboard. Other planned centennial events this year include a park-wide Centennial BioBlitz in May, a 1921 Block Party! in June, a BARK Ranger Celebration in July, a Junior Ranger Day Celebration in August, a Thermal Springs Festival in September, an Archeology Day: Dig Into History's Mysteries! celebration in October, and Park Rx Weekend in November. While the park is hopeful and looking forward to hosting in-person events as the year progresses, events and details are subject to change as necessary for the safety and well-being of the community. Updates about all upcoming events will be posted on the park’s website and social media accounts.

    A centennial celebration such as this only occurs once every 100 years! Mark your calendars and make plans to join in on the celebrations all year long, either in person or online. For questions or additional information about the centennial, please contact Hot Springs National Park at (501) 620-6715 or visit the park online at

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