Jan. 17, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Metropolitan Transportation Authority of
(MTA) and Metro-North Railroad open Grand Central Terminal to the public on
February 1, 2013
for the celebration of its 100
Anniversary with a full day of activities, including a morning public rededication ceremony and musical performances that will keep visitors entertained well into the evening. The morning ceremony will feature elected officials, high-profile celebrities and VIPs, and performances by award-winning musicians and
students. Throughout the day—which is hosted by Metro-North, the New York Transit Museum and other partners—members of the public can enjoy live performances, national award presentations, sponsor giveaways, special retail deals, and the opening of "Grand by Design," a spectacular six-week exhibit that chronicles the history and impact of
's greatest building and one of the world's most famous train terminals. The
events are presented with support from Target.
These events fall 100 years to the day that the first set of keys was handed to the Terminal's station master on
February 1, 1913
. (The first train left the Terminal just after midnight on February 2.)
Well-known names and faces will wish the Terminal a happy birthday that morning. The day kicks off at
with a concert by the
West Point Brass & Percussion
(including "Grand Central Centennial Fanfare," a new piece written for the occasion).
peakers, performers and activities at the
public ceremony include
New York City
; former U.S. Poet Laureate
who will read an original poem commissioned
Arts for Transit
; author and preservationist
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
is widely credited with saving the Terminal from destruction in the 1970s; Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress
; members of
the Vanderbilt family
whose ancestor "Commodore"
inspired the construction of Grand Central; baseball MVP
Celia Cruz Bronx High School Choir
; and several special presentations, including a surprise "sweet" delivery that caps off the event.