Elvis Presley Celebration Set for Graceland on Anniversary of Singer’s Death Will Proceed Amid Coronavirus

by Jacklyn Krol
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The celebration of life event for Elvis Presley, dubbed “Elvis Week,” will still take place amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Presley passed away on August 16, 1977, and the event will celebrate his legacy at his former home turned museum.

What Fans Can Expect

Elvis Week will take place both virtually and in-person. For those who are attending, strict health and safety guidelines will be put in place to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

The schedule is significantly modified due to health restrictions and social distancing measures. High-risk activities including meet and greets, concerts, and group parties have been canceled.

Fans will enjoy daily screening events “that fully comply with recommended government protocols.” Fans need to be sure to arrive to each screening and event early as attendance will be capped to meet or exceed social distancing and maximum capacity guidelines. The event will host pre-recorded panels and showcase exclusive content from the Graceland archive.

Attendees will also get a chance to attend the annual candlelight vigil that will be more limited than years past. To attend, you’ll have to register in advance for free. The vigil still features the processional to the Meditation Garden that is socially distanced.

The Virtual Option

The first-ever Virtual Elvis Week “will allow fans to participate in Elvis Week and celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley in the way they deem most appropriate for themselves,” a statement read.

Fans can join a private and closed Facebook group that will have exclusive content posted inside. Inside, you can view panels, behind the scenes, along with interviews with bandmates, co-stars, and friends. Fans will also be able to look back at previous candlelight vigils and a live stream view of the 2020 Candlelight Vigil.

For those who are not on Facebook, the vigil will also be available to stream on Graceland.com. Tickets for Virtual Elvis Week are $39.00 and are not yet available to purchase.

All About Elvis Presley and Graceland

Graceland has recently opened back up to the public with COVID-19 guidelines. The museum’s first even will take days before The King’s week kicks off. The Australian Pink Floyd Show will take place at The Soundstage inside Graceland on August 5.

“We are committed to the health and safety of our guests and associates,” the statement on their website reads. “[We] have worked diligently to ensure your visit is everything you’re dreaming of.” The museum will monitor federal, state, and local laws so you just have to worry about enjoying your visit. “See GRACELAND’S COVID-19 PROTOCOLS to know what you can expect from your visit.”

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