When: Wed., Oct. 28, 11 a.m. 2015
Just what gift do you get for the national landmark that has everything — beauty, acclaim and guest appearances in five decades' worth of tourist photos? Well, the Gateway Arch is turning 50, and your presence is present enough. Stop by the Arch 50th Anniversary Commemoration to enjoy a daylong celebration of our region's most iconic landmark. At 11 a.m. today at the Old Courthouse (11 North Fourth Street; 877-982-1410 or www.gatewayarch.com) National Park Service leaders mark the exact moment the final piece of the Arch was fitted into place 50 years ago. Immediately after the ceremony, Sarah's Cake Stop and Destination Dessert cupcake trucks distribute special 50th anniversary cupcakes to the first 1,000 people — for free. The Journey to the Top tram ride prices revert back to the original 1967 prices (the trams are a youthful 48 years old) of $1 per ticket, only for today. As if you need further incentive to take that trip, replicas of the original "Top of the Arch" lapel button and the "I went to the top" certificate will be issued to all those who get up there. Admission is free.
Price: free admission