8 Ways To Celebrate Elvis' 86th Birthday

8 Ways To Celebrate Elvis' 86th Birthday

If Elvis was alive, he would be 86 years old on January 8, 2021.

Whether you're a card-carrying Elvis fan club member or just like an excuse to enjoy a special day, here are eight ways to honor the King's birthday on January 8.

Vasha Hunt

How To Celebrate Elvis's Birthday:

1. Eat some Elvis-inspired treats, like Elvis's favorite sandwich

Birthday treats for everyone!

  • Here's a post about a bacon-banana-peanut-butter sandwich that's super easy to make.
  • Or, you can head over to Elvis Presley's Memphis (the entertainment complex across the street from Graceland ) to the "Gladys' Diner" restaurant and order your very own PB&B sammy.
  • The Arcade restaurant in downtown Memphis was one of Elvis' favorite spots, and they still serve up a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich—and yes, they do takeout.

2. Tune in to the Graceland Official Birthday Proclamation Ceremony

Usually, Graceland throws down for The King with a week of events and parties. This year, most events are limited capacity (and therefore, sold out) or outdoors. Check out the details here. The annual birthday ceremony at Graceland will be broadcast online, if you want to tune in at 9 a.m. CST on Friday, January 8th.

Graceland is still open for tours with limited capacity and advanced reservations.

3. Say Happy Birthday "In Person" during free walk-up times

The usual free walk-by visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland have been suspended for months, but they're allowing such visits for just three days, January 8, 9, and 10 of 2021. You can walk by on those mornings from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

Wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines.

4. Listen to Elvis and Elvis-inspired Music

Find your favorite Elvis song (mine is "Suspicious Minds") on the Elvis Spotify station. Click here to listen.

5. Take Your Picture With Elvis

6045447399_f17956bed7_b

If you're downtown, stop by the statue on Beale between 2nd and Main for a photo opp with Elvis. Bonus points if you post it online and tag it #ilovememphis or #happybirthdayElvis so I can share it on Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to mask up and social distance.

6. Check out Lansky Bros. at 126 Beale Street, or online

Lansky Bros., the family business that dressed Elvis, still has their locations inside the Peabody Hotel, but the newest location is where their original store was on Beale Street. There is plenty of rock 'n' roll-inspired attire and even some blue suede shoes. You can also shop online.

lansky brothers clothier to the king

7. Plan to visit Sun Studio 

Alex Shanksy

If you haven't visited Sun Studio yet, make a plan to get there in the future. The tour guides are some of the absolutely best around and though the building is small, it's full of life, history, and intrigue. I highly recommend.

8. Plan To Visit Other Memphis Music Attractions

So much of Memphis music influenced or was influenced by Elvis' work. Plan ahead to pay homage to his inspirations and legacy at these other museums in the future.

  • The Rock 'n' Soul Museum is a Smithsonian-associated museum that tells the story of Memphis music across genres and time periods. I love how it looks at the city's musical history as a whole, and uses first-person accounts (mostly audio recordings) to really dig deep. As of Jan. 2021, they are still open with limited capacity, masks, and other safety protocols.
  • Memphis Music Hall of Fame (Elvis was inducted in 2012) now has a physical location at 126 Beale Street upstairs from Lansky Bros. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Happy Birthday Elvis! How are you celebrating?

Comments Make Us Happy

6
Leave a Comment
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

Denise Skelton UK
I would love to be there in Memphis right now, unfortunately im not but I am hoping for lots of items to be posted on FB so I can feel like Im there. I came over there in 2015 for the first time and it blew me away, the whole experience was awesome and ive not stopped thinking about it since. I will be back there in 2017 to join in the celebrations in Elvis week. Have fun everyone.
January 7, 2016 7:03pm

Tony gordon
Been wanting to go to graceland all my life I will be there soon an it will be this year. Can't wate to get there long live the king of rock and roll happy birthday elvis. I'm a big fan.
January 5, 2017 2:29pm

Jo Schwalm
Hi Holly, Thanks so much for your blog and all the Memphis information. My husband and I are coming to Memphis from April 13 (my 71st birthday) to April 21. We are so excited. So much to see and do!! I appreciate all the ideas on your blog of places to go, eat, and experience.
March 1, 2019 3:53pm

Nikola Webster

Hi there,

I got the chance to visit Graceland for the first time last year. We also visited Sun Studio's: https://britonthemove.com/visit-graceland/ both are fantastic! I did not know that he would have been 86 this year. While we were there we got to pay our respects at the meditation garden where he rests. Nikki

March 1, 2021 1:43am

Francine Romano

We just came home from Graceland on July 12 th 2021. It was some thing I wanted to do for years ! My husband gave miss this as a gift! It was a amazing sight to see something I will never forget! I love him for this gift. Seeing what his life was like! Seeing his house and things he left for his family Lisa Marie life with her daddy Priscilla and his wedding outfit and Priscilla‘s gown and little Lisa’s bedroom said it was something to see and the way he lived was not so extravagant it was very simple but he saved everything receipts his wallet his keys things of his life he died at such a young age but he left his music behind and now he is gone but he’s not forgotten I was only five years old when I started having and loving hisMusic he’ll always be someone special to everyone may God bless him and I always watch over his family

July 20, 2021 3:48pm