JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The City of Jackson kicked off its bicentennial celebrations on Monday. The celebrations will last for 13th and will highlight Jackson’s businesses, culture and people. The theme for the celebration is “Homecoming.”

“Jackson and this celebration is for the residents and visitors alike to come enjoy our city and it’s many amenities, including its museums, art, culture and restaurants and maybe catch an exciting football game or two,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba.

“The challenge for us, I think, is to make sure that it can be the best that it can be; that 200 years from today, they look back they’re going to say well done good and faithful stewards. Those who inherited this city’s and who make sure that it moves forward into the future,” said House Speaker Philip Gunn (R-Miss.).

The kickoff event included the announcement of the return of the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, the Great Migration Project and the renovation of the Russell C. Davis Planetarium.

WJTV 12 News is the official station sponsor for the City of Jackson’s Bicentennial.