Despite COVID-19, Graceland Will Hold Candlelight Vigil For “Elvis Week”

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Elvis Week is a week-long celebration every August in Memphis dedicated to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and 2020 marks the 43rd year of the event.

The gates to Graceland reopened in May after they temporarily closed due to COVID-19. At first it seemed Elvis Week would be like every other year, but as the Graceland officials re-evaluated the health crisis, they realized that the event needed modification. The modified plan for Elvis Week included eliminating any potential high-risk activity, such as live performances, live appearances, group parties or meals, autograph signings, and meet and greets.

The modified week long event will also include a virtual option that will allow fans to still participate in Elvis Week while socially-distancing. Virtual Elvis Week will be offered through a private, closed Facebook group which will allow fans the opportunity to watch the special programming at the best time for them.

Thousands of fans paid tribute to Elvis Presley at the 37th annual Candlelight Vigil.

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland on Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Candlelight Vigil is generally the biggest night when it comes to Elvis Week. Happening on August 15, 2020, it will be more limited than in past years and will require free advanced reservations, but the longstanding tradition will carry on with a socially-distanced fan procession to the Meditation Garden.

Tickets for the event can be purchased directly through Graceland’s website.

For more information watch the video below.