“My friends, there was dancing here in the streets of Huntsville when our first satellite orbited the earth and there was dancing again when the first Americans landed on the moon. I’d like to ask
you don’t hang up your dancing slippers.”
Wernher von Braun was correct, the streets of Huntsville were filled with jubilation when his team achieved their decade-long objective – man landing on the moon.
Downtown Huntsville, Inc. is recreating that celebration with their Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Dancing in the Streets, to be held July 19 from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Huntsville.
“When the Apollo successfully landed, Dr. von Braun noted that there was dancing in the streets in Huntsville,” Downtown Huntsville, Inc. CEO Chad Emerson said. “Fifty years later we’re going to celebrate the golden anniversary of the first Apollo mission to the moon with a free dance party around the Historic Downtown Square.
“The event will feature music from the last five decades, NASA exhibits from the last five years, a massive moon ball drop with our partners at Teledyne Brown Engineering, and a special end of the evening experience from our partners at Media Fusion. Then we’ll wrap it all up with the official 50th Post-Launch Celebration featuring a simulated Saturn rocket experience in partnership with our friends at Lockheed Martin.”
The event is free to the public and all are invited to attend and celebrate Huntsville’s place – and America’s victory – in the Space Race.