365 Things to Do in Memphis #8: Celebrate the Birth of the King

365 Things to Do in Memphis #8: Celebrate the Birth of the King

The eighth day of the year is Elvis Presley's birthday, so Assignment #8 on our list of 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to celebrate!

There are many ways to enjoy Elvis' birthday in Memphis, including attending the official events at Graceland, or making pilgrimages to important places that tell his story: Graceland, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, or Sun Studio.

Check out the whole list of ways to celebrate this year right here.

Another way to celebrate Elvis' birthday in Memphis is to visit the King's humble beginnings.

Elvis' room at Lauderdale Courts, Memphis, Tenn.

Before Elvis was a big deal, he was a high school kid living in the Lauderdale Courts apartments with his parents. He lived in the small, two bedroom apartment from September 1949 to January 1953 while he attended Humes High School.

Today, Lauderdale Courts has been transformed into Uptown Square, a community of classy condos and upscale apartments, but during non-covid times you can still tour (and spend the night in) Elvis' old digs, which have been decorated as they would have been when the Presley's were in residence.

Lauderdale Courts is closed to tours and stays due to the Pandemic, but you can follow Facebook page if they decide to reopen. Bonus assignment: put on your lipstick and plant a kiss on Elvis' bedroom wall. Wall of Kisses at Lauderdale Courts, Memphis, Tenn.

Go There: Elvis Apartment at Uptown Square

252 North Lauderdale Street
Memphis, TN 38105-3620
(901) 523-8662
Top photo credit: Vasha Hunt.

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