Branson Centennial Celebrates 100 Years of Fun in 2012

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2012 is the year of the Branson Centennial. Thousand Hills Resort and many other local businesses are planning a summer-long celebration in honor of Branson Missouri's 100th year.

Branson Centennial Celebration

Branson Centennial

In 2012, Thousand Hills Resort, the City of Branson, and millions of guests are poised to celebrate its 100th year as a town during the Branson Centennial!

In 1882, Rueben Branson opened a general store and post office in what was then an unsettled part of the Ozark Mountains in Southwest Missouri. When submitting the necessary paperwork to the U.S. postal department, the community name he chose to list was "Branson", which stuck around for another 30 years until the town's official incorporation. Now, in 2012, Thousand Hills Resort, the City of Branson, and millions of guests are poised to celebrate its 100th year as a town during the Branson Centennial!

Branson has long been the entertainment destination in Missouri, featuring an astounding variety of entertainment options. From magic shows to musical theaters, to wildlife exhibits and theme parks, Branson has every base in family entertainment covered. Two of the most recent efforts in making Branson the entertainment capital of Missouri are the Branson Landing, and the Branson Airport. The Branson Landing is a waterfront shopping and dining destination on the Lakefront of Lake Taneycomo, and the Branson Airport which opened in 2009, serves the greater Branson area and allows for greater access to the features that Branson provides to its guests.

While Branson works hard to have the best entertainment, shopping and dining options year round, there are several special events and activities planned to celebrate the Branson Centennial. According to the rental staff at Thousand Hills Resort, the number of centennial activities will continue to grow as the celebration nears; but the following are sure to be some of the most popular throughout the year.

Branson Centennial History Museum

A special museum will open on April 1 in the same location that housed the town’s first gas station. Actors will dress up as prominent figures in Branson’s history, and give lessons and information on their activities. Current city officials, including the mayor, will also dress in period costumes as they sign a petition to incorporate the city. At present this museum isn’t planned to be permanent, so anyone wishing to take part in this special presentation of Branson's history should take care to experience it before it's done.

100 Days, 100 Years to Celebrate

As the name implies “100 Days” runs from April 1 through July 10, and will showcase local business getting involved in celebrating the Branson Centennial. The ways that they’re going to celebrate are as varied as the businesses themselves, but all of them are encouraged to relate it to the number 100. Perhaps that will be something for the 100th customer, or a nice product offered at a special $100 deal. The only sure way to find out is to visit Branson area businesses during “100 Days, 100 Years to Celebrate”.

A Night to Remember the Titanic

Branson is already home to the Titanic Museum, and they’ve got a special attraction planned to honor both the Branson Centennial and the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. On Saturday, April 14th, look forward to special events like choirs, a candle light ceremony, and a lighting of the Titanic Eternal Flame.

Special Parties

There are multiple parties set in honor of the Centennial, the first being on April 15th. This tribute show will celebrate not only Branson's rich past, but also its bright future. On July 7th there will also be a Birthday Block Party and festival so be sure to take part in one or both of these special celebrations. Coupled with all the great dining, shopping and entertainment that's to be found in the area, Branson is sure to be alive with the sounds of Centennial celebration.

Far More to Come

These deals and events are just the beginnings of what's in store for the Branson Centennial celebration. There's sure to be more special events and deals to celebrate the 100th year of this historic town. Interested parties can find more up to date information with regard to the Branson Centennial celebration at

Thousand Hills Resort has been a Branson lodging provider for over 20 years. During the Branson Centennial they expect to see an influx of guests coming specficially for the local festivities. According to resort officials, visitors are encouraged to make reservations early as lodging will be at a premium, especially May through July. Lodging at Thousand Hills can be reserved online at or by phone - 1-877-262-0430.

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