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A trip to Memphis isn’t complete without visiting Mud Island, located a mile from downtown. Take the monorail, a ferry, drive or just walk across the footbridge to hear bands play at the 500-seat amphitheater; explore the history of the lower Mississippi valley at the Mississippi River Museum; go biking or paddle boating in Mississippi River Park; or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants located on the island.
Fans gather at Graceland to celebrate Elvis’s birthday (photo: Reuters)
Seventy-nine years ago today, in the Mississippi town of Tupelo, the future King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was born. This morning, in celebration of the life of Elvis Aaron Presley — the singer, actor and legend who turned rockabilly into a sound all his own and forever changed how we view slicked-back hair, leather pants and Hawaii’s shores – Graceland kicks off a 3-day Elvis Birthday Celebration.
Elvis Week is now in full swing, with festivities having kicked off last Friday in downtown Memphis. The week’s highlight was definitely its most moving: Last night through this morning, fans gathered outside the gates of Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of the King’s passing. (The candlelight vigil’s surprise guests were none other than Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley.) READ MORE