Lake Havasu City is gearing up for its largest celebration in, well, 50 years. In October, the city will kick off a month-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the dedication of its famed London Bridge, a 930-foot long structure purchased for $2.46 million in 1968 ($19 million in today’s dollars) and moved from London to Lake Havasu City stone-by-stone through the Panama Canal.
London Bridge 50th anniversary celebrations include a kick-off event on October 1 beneath the bridge, Royal Candlelit Feast and Ball (Oct. 2), Garden Brunch and Tea (Oct. 3), Elrose Dussault Costume Contest (Oct. 3), Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships (Oct. 15), Mind of McCulloch: Innovation Exhibit (opens Oct. 15 at London Bridge Beach), British Invasion London Bridge Music Festival (Oct. 16), The London Bridge Beard and Mustache Contest (Oct. 23), 50th Annual London Bridge Days Parade (Oct. 30), Havasu Memorial Walkway Pioneers Dedication Ceremony (Oct. 31), Ghost Tours of the bridge, and other events during the month-long celebration.
“New York has its Empire State Building, St. Louis its Gateway Arch, and L.A. its Hollywood sign. There’s only one London Bridge in the world outside of England and we’ve got it here thanks to the foresight of our founding fathers some 50 years ago,” says Terence Concannon, Go Lake Havasu president/CEO.
“It’s the number one built attraction in Arizona. The number one attraction, of course, is the Grand Canyon, but only Mother Nature can lay claim to that one.” (Source: Arizona Office of Tourism Research Division, 2018).
For an update on planned London Bridge 50th celebrations, view: https://www.londonbridge50th.com