The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will commemorate the tennis court dances that occurred in Jackson Square more than 75 years ago with a dance on Friday, June 25.
The dance is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. June 25 in the Jackson Square tennis courts. It has been organized by the National Park Service and Explore Oak Ridge.
“All ages are welcome to attend, and everyone is encouraged to participate,” a press release said. “This free event will feature swing dancing music from the 1940s World War II era as well as hits from every decade since then, including current music, so that all age groups will find something to tap their toes to. Music was chosen with the help of local Oak Ridge High School students and will make you want to get on the dance floor.”
Public parking will be available along Broadway Avenue near Kentucky Avenue and within the public parking in Jackson Square, the press release said.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park tells the story of the people, events, science, and engineering that led to the creation and use of the world’s first atomic bombs during World War II. The story consists partly of a city that came to be known as Oak Ridge and the more than 75,000 people that lived here, the press release said. Besides Oak Ridge, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park also includes Hanford, Washington, and Los Alamos, New Mexico. Those sites were also part of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret program to build the first nuclear weapons during World War II, before Germany could.
For more information or directions, call the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (865) 482-1942. Visitors can visit the website for more information about the park at https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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