Each August, Elvis fans from around the world gather in Memphis for a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley and mark his death, August 16, 1977. Elvis Week includes events such as the Elvis Fan Club Presidents Event, Elvis Insiders Event and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, plus special concerts, panel discussions, dances and more.
The main event of Elvis Week each year is the Candlelight Vigil which always begins on the evening of August 15 and lasts into the morning of August 16. Fans walk up the driveway to Meditation Garden holding a candle in quiet remembrance of Elvis. Tens of thousands of participants gather on Elvis Presley Blvd. during the evening to listen to music, remember Elvis and enjoy memorials created by fans along the street.
After graduating from Boston University , I lived and worked in Tupelo for a few years before moving to Memphis in 1988.
My first apartment was on Winchester Road and less than a mile from Elvis Presley Boulevard and Graceland.
Several of my favorite stores and the church which I attended were on Elvis Presley Boulevard. But , during the night of the Candlelight Vigil, I would always take the long way around and travel on Shelby Drive or another street well past Graceland to get where I wanted or needed to go.
Living in Memphis for many years and in the Whitehaven area for the first several years,I knew ,as well as all of the locals not to even try to get ANYWHERE on the evening of August 15, traveling on Elvis Presley Boulevard between Winchester Road and Holmes Road.
It just was not worth the effort to try to tediously navigate through the throngs
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Though the main event of Elvis week for most fans is the Candlelight Vigil in Memphis, many Elvis fans and visitors start their celebration of Elvis Week in Tupelo. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal , our local newspaper reported that hundreds of fans from around the world were in Tupelo on Saturday for the 36th Fan Appreciation Day. This year, for the first time, entertainment and food were in an amphitheater and theater on The Birthplace grounds which opened last August. An evening concert was moved to the Civic Auditorium because rain threatened.
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