MEMPHIS, TN – Hundreds of Elvis fans from around the world gathered on the front lawn of Graceland today to celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday as construction of The Guest House at Graceland, the new, 450-room, full-service, world-class resort opening later this year, continued at a rapid pace just steps away from iconic mansion in Memphis. Graceland officials and the Memphis and Shelby County Mayors officially celebrated with a birthday cake cutting and a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day on the front lawn of Graceland. Complimentary birthday cake was served to all visitors throughout the day in Graceland Plaza. Other birthday events include the opening of the new “Elvis in Hollywood: From Teen Idol to Leading Man” exhibit, fan club gatherings and a special concert by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
It was also announced today The Guest House at Graceland is now taking room reservations for the 2017 Elvis Birthday Celebration, January 5-8, 2017. The 2017 Birthday event will be the biggest Elvis Birthday Celebration event in Graceland history, with major celebration events taking place “indoors” on the Graceland campus for the first time, in addition to the annual Proclamation ceremony on the front lawn of Graceland.
The Guest House at Graceland is the most significant enhancement to Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982 and the largest hotel project in Memphis in over 90 years. It was recently named by the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia and The Points Guy travel blog as one of the 16 most exciting hotel openings worldwide in 2016.
Inspired by Elvis’ iconic home, aspects of The Guest House at Graceland will reflect Elvis’ personal style and the unique character of Graceland, from the southern colonial exterior to themed specialty suites, many with designs supervised by Priscilla Presley.
The 2016 birthday celebrations conclude this Sunday, January 10, with special Elvis tribute tours of Memphis in addition to the regular tours of the Graceland mansion and grounds.