2018 in New Orleans marks New Orleans’ 300th birthday, and the year will be filled with celebrations throughout! The year will celebrate 300 years of rich history that has made our wonderful city what it is today, but will also look forward towards the next 300 years of progress and culture.
In 1718, New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. The French Quarter became populated with colonists. The Spanish gained control of the region in 1763, but the French took over once more in 1803. Finally, it was sold to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. When you visit New Orleans, you’ll clearly see the city’s French and Spanish roots.
New Orleans has experienced many hardships throughout its 300 years, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But the city’s resilience and tight-knit community is what always revives New Orleans. During 2018, New Orleans invites locals and visitors to experience this unique place and its rich culture built on 300 years of history.
Throughout 2018, Signature Tricentennial Events will be organized. These include special exhibits honoring New Orleans, firework shows for Mardi Gras and other events, and more. For a full list of tricentennial signature events, see the official event calendar here.
A massive initiative to expand Louis Armstrong International Airport will be underway, including the construction of two new concourses, 30 gates, and plenty of new local vendors for travelers to explore.
The World Trade Center at Canal Street along the river has been vacant for years, and is now being redeveloped into a Four Seasons Hotel. This will be an incredible hotel for visitors to experience, and there will be increased foot traffic along the river.
The historic building located in downtown New Orleans is experiencing full restoration. The preservation of this landmark will be special to locals and visitors alike.
The creation of the Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian path is a trail that connects the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. Not only does it promote a healthy lifestyle by incorporating walking and biking paths, but it connects the cultures of rich and diverse neighborhoods.
The roads of Bourbon Street are experiencing a major update. Drain and water lines, sewerage lines, gas pipes, and electrical conduits will all be replaced, and the street itself will be newly surfaced with concrete for pedestrians to safely stroll on.
Recreation centers have been newly opened all around the city by Mayor Landrieu and the New Orleans Recreation Development Committee, featuring computers, wi-fi, air hockey, and educational programs for the city’s youth.
For more information about the tricentennial, visit the 2018 NOLA official website at www.2018nola.com. This website will post up to date official tricentennial events and more, and accepts donations to the foundation.