There was some exciting news announced yesterday about this year's 26th annual event! This year celebration is to include the attendance of Muscogee Nation Principal Chief James Floyd & his wife. This will be the first time in the event's history a Muscogee (Creek) chief, descended from the most recent nation of Native Americans to live here, has attended the Celebration.
To mark the occasion, Principal Chief Floyd has officially proclaimed Saturday, 9/16, to be Ocmulgee National Monument Day. To read Principal Chief Floyd's proclamation click HERE
All of Ocmulgee Indian Celebration happenings will carry on as planned, including dancing, drumming, storytelling, skill and crafts demonstrations, stickball, art exhibits and sales, delicious Native American food and more.
Also please note, due to wet ground and downed trees, parking will be shifted from the usual grass area around the Dunlap Farm House to the very large, easily accessible paved parking lot at the Macon-Bibb Health Department, 171 Emery Highway, just a short FREE shuttle ride right away from the park. Guests will be dropped off right at the Celebration's entrance booth, alleviating even the short walk from parking in previous years. Three shuttle vehicles will run continuously throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday, and without the usual line of cars entering and exiting the park, the process should be quick and easier than ever. Due to the use of public transportation vehicles, no pets other than service dogs will be allowed on the shuttles.
In addition, for the public's safety, a only a few areas of the park will be open to the public. For this weekend and the foreseeable future, the walkway to the Earth Lodge and area around the Visitor Center are the only accessible areas of the park. The Earth Lodge and Visitor Center will be open beginning Thursday. All trails are closed and will remain closed until cleanup is complete. Ocmulgee National Monument will remain closed until noon Thursday in order to clean up downed trees and debris around the park. Friday's usual school day at the event has been cancelled.
Ocmulgee National Monument and the Ocmulgee National Monument Association look forward to seeing everyone at this weekend's Celebration and wish to thank everyone for being patient and understanding while repair of the beloved park continues. Please follow the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration Sept. 16 & 17 event listed on Facebook for the most current updates.
posted 09/14/2017 in