Though events celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant peaked in April 2022 near his birthday of April 27, Grant bicentennial-themed events will continue to occur throughout 2022 at places associated with Grant’s life and career. We list major events on the map below.
Starting with a Living History Weekend on April 9, the Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis will observe Grant’s 200th with events including a celebration of Grant’s love of horses throughout April and May. Themed tours, ranger talks, concerts and exhibits will be offered through the summer of 2022. Read More…
The Grant Birthplace in Point Pleasant, the Grant Boyhood Home and School House in Georgetown and other Grant-related attractions in southern Ohio will host events in person starting in February 2022. Read More…
Grant Monument Association
For the longer term, they have started four campaigns for action primarily by the federal government that they are inviting the public to support:
- Grant Sites Initiative: Secure resources for proper care of established sites, memorialize unmarked sites, and propose new memorials to Grant, including locations that should be named for him.
- Bicentennial Coin: As in 1922 at Grant’s centennial, and more recently with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln in 2009, Congress should direct the U.S. Mint to strike a coin to commemorate the bicentennial of Grant’s birth.
- Posthumous Military Promotion: Before next April, Congress should appoint Grant posthumously as “General of the Armies of the United States,” as was done for George Washington, with the appointment effective April 9, 1865.
- Postage Stamps: The Postal Service should issue four Grant bicentennial postage stamps, showing Grant at different stages of life, as with stamps for the Lincoln bicentennial in 2009.