Visit Jefferson City to Salute America—and break out of prison!

Summer is upon us, and it’s time to start planning adventures. Whether you’re in the mood for an outdoor concert, a weekend chock full of festivities to celebrate America, or a test of your athleticism, Jefferson City has the perfect event to round out your summer experience.


Traffic sign for U.S. Highway 50 in Missouri. Adobe Stock photo

January 25, 1835

This date in Missouri history. Planning work began on a road to connect Manchester with Jefferson City by way of Union and Mount Sterling. This road became well-traveled by horseback and stagecoach travelers. Today we call it Highway 50.


Illustration of raft and canoes on the Missouri River, circa 1800s.

January 21, 1826

This date in Missouri history: This was the last day to meet in the first capital building in St. Charles. All records were taken to Jefferson City by canoe.


Stephen Johnson aka Santa Claus with two small children on his lap.

The man in the red suit

Stephen Johnson portrayed Santa Claus for about three decades before retiring from dressing as the jolly old elf three years ago. The Jefferson City man, now sixty-eight, sat as Santa since the 1980s.


The state Capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri.

November 30, 1915

This date in Missouri history. Henry T. Smith was crushed while quarrying stone for the new Missouri Capitol Building. 


Cheers to 200 Years: 21 Bicentennial Events

Celebrate Missouri's bicentennial all year long.


Cedric the Entertainer

April 24, 1964

Birthday of comedian, Cedric the Entertainer from Jefferson City and Berkeley, MO.


February 22, 1860

The steamboat, E. A. Ogden sank in Murray's Bend above Jefferson City.


Missouri State Capitol Interior Rotunda

December 31, 1821

Governor McNair signed a bill that designated the site for the City of Jefferson, which was to become the capital city for Missouri.