Where can St. Louisans go to celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration for a second term? Join the festivities at the president’s favorite pizza joint or at a politically minded pub that leans left. Look back through history of past presidents. Or, since this year’s festivities will fall on Janaury 21 which is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrate the successes of the Civil Rights movement over the past 50 years.
6144 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
When Barack Obama was in St. Louis in 2008, his aides picked up some pizzas from the Delmar Pi location. Obama himself called the pizzeria to tell them how much he loved the food. In 2009, the President invited the owner of Pi to make pizzas at the White House. The pizzeria now has a Washington DC location in addition to its five St. Louis locations. It’s a sure bet that this will be a local hot spot for watching the inauguration.
MLK Day Celebration
Touhill Performing Arts Center
1 Missouri Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
The 2013 inauguration will fall on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For those who are still in awe that we have an African-American president in our lifetime, the annual MLK celebration at Touhill will be a fulfilling place to celebrate his reelection. The event’s theme is “50 Years of Fulfilling the Dream.” This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Julianne Malveaux and musical guests include the Dickson String Quartet, the Trinity Mt. Carmel Church Mass Choir and other artists. The event, which begins at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public.
Discover The Real George Washington
Missouri History Museum
St. Louis, MO 63112
Inauguration Day will be the final day of a fascinating exhibit about the country’s first president at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. The “Discover The Real George Washington” exhibit looks beyond the surface of our country’s father, giving glimpses of his character, entrepreneurial spirit, intellect and achievement. The ambitious exhibit includes objects, films, interactive programs, full-scale figures, architectural models and more.Related: Top Places To Buy Local Art For Less Than $100 in St. Louis
3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd.
Looking for a place to watch the inauguration while enjoying a tasty adult beverage? In 2009, The Royale hosted a viewing party for the inauguration. No plans have been made for 2013 yet, but this is a politically minded watering hole. There’s no doubt the televisions will be tuned to the festivities and patrons will gather to watch and discuss the proceedings, even if no formal event is advertised.
The Griot Museum of Black History
2505 St. Louis Ave.
Looking for a place to celebrate Barack Obama’s significance to black history? The Griot Museum is the premiere resource for African-American history in St. Louis, and only the second of its kind in the country. The museum uses life-size wax figures, art, artifacts and memorabilia to tell the local stories of movers and shakers in black history, including Josephine Baker, Dred and Harriet Scott, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Miles Davis and others. The Griot houses an authentic slave cabin and a scale model section of a slave trade ship, along with puzzles, videos and other exhibits.
Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.