Memphis in May Reschedules Salute to Ghana for 2021

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe and after discussions with officials locally and in Ghana, the Memphis in May board of directors made the decision to postpone the International Salute to Ghana to May of 2021.  This follows last week’s announcement that select Memphis in May International Festival public events would be rescheduled for the fall of 2020.

“After the enthusiastic cooperation and support that we experienced both in Washington, D.C. and Accra as we moved closer to producing our salute to Ghana, the consensus was that 2020  was going to be the biggest and most exciting honored country salute in our organization’s history,” said James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May.  “Unfortunately, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of life both here in Memphis and in Ghana, so we want to allow time for both regions to recover from the effects of this virus and the measures needed to combat it.”

This unprecedented action provides an opportunity to build upon the work and planning already accomplished and enables us to produce an even more comprehensive and fitting tribute to honor the Republic of Ghana in 2021.  The plan is to follow the same program calendar and allow the currently paused programming activities to resume next spring. 

The Rescheduled Festival Event Dates:
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: September 30 – October 3, 2020
Beale Street Music Festival: October 16-18, 2020
Great American River Run: TBA
International Salute to Ghana: May 1-31, 2021
(Great American River Run will be rescheduled for the fall with the date announcement coming soon.)

About Memphis in May

Memphis in May is a 501c(3) nonprofit community-based organization whose programs in 2019 contributed more than $149.1 million in economic impact to the community and $4.6 million in tax revenue for the City of Memphis.  Its mission is to promote and celebrate Memphis’ culture, foster economic growth, and enhance international awareness through education.

It is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 223 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and has been named to Travel + Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For.  The Beale Street Music Festival was named by Oprah Magazine as one of “14 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020,” while in 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May specifically because of the Memphis in May events.

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