Every year in August, fans of the musical giant Elvis Presley gather in Memphis, Tennessee to celebrate his legacy.
The main event during “Elvis Week” is a candlelight vigil in which tens of thousands of fans remember the King of Rock and Roll whilst walking up the King’s former driveway to Meditation garden and gathering in the streets to listen to music and enjoy the fan-made memorials.
Other activities during Elvis Week include Elvis Tribute concerts, the Elvis Fan Club Presidents Event, dances, panel discussions, pool parties, and, this year, the biggest auction of Elvis items Graceland has ever seen. Many invaluable objects live movie costumes, stamps, and many other personal items of the King were sold to the highest bidder as the auction aroused world-wide interest. Money aside though, the Elvis week offers a variety of interesting and fun activities for the Elvis Presley fan to enjoy – including guided visits of Presley’s former Memphis’ home; Graceland.
While the focus largely lies on his former place of residence, Elvis’ hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi has also stacked up this year by building two large statues of the iconic singer which were unveiled earlier this month. All in all, this month of August is, albeit being the month of Presley’s untimely death, a grand month for his legacy. A legacy so enormous that it will surely live on for many decades and centuries to come.
R.I.P Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) King of Rock and Roll.