America's oldest and most beloved motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson is celebrating 115 years of freedom this month, and many dealerships across the country are revving up with festivities of their own.
On August 24 and 25, Harley-Davidson of Brandon will be hosting their Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Celebration, the Tampa Bay area's exclusive opportunity to celebrate Harleys and riding with like-minded enthusiasts.
With this year's theme of "Guilty... 115 Years Behind Bars," this two-day festival open to the public is going to the ultimate blowout with a slew of activities, events, refreshments, and vendors geared toward true Harley lovers.
The Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Celebration begins on Friday, August 24 with their Official Ride Home Party & Overnight Stop Celebration from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Harley-Davidson of Brandon. Attendees can enjoy a number of activities like the Harley-Davidson Jump Start motorcycle riding simulator, a mechanical bull, a dunk tank, live music, and a social media lounge as well as lots of bike-related vendors, food trucks, and refreshing drinks.
There will also be complimentary bikini bike washes and Harley girls walking around. If that doesn't get your heart racing, Harley-Davidson of Brandon is also giving you the opportunity to win a new K-5 motorcycle!
Major events of the night include:
5 p.m. – 115th Anniversary Motorclothes® Fashion Show
6 p.m. – Bearded Brother’s Band takes the stage
9 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
After a night of fun, The Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Celebration continues on Saturday, August 25th with their Official Riders Send-Off from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Harley-Davidson of Brandon. The festivities begin bright and early with a free pancake breakfast for all riders and guests at 8 a.m. followed by the Blessing of the Bikes Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
Shortly after at 10 a.m., a special escort will depart to lead the riders on their way to their next destination on The Ride Home; anybody can join to wish the riders well during the official send-off. There will also be goodies bags for all the riders, but make sure to get to the send-off early because supplies are limited, and bags are first-come-first-serve.
The official sponsors of the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Celebration hosted by Harley-Davidson of Brandon are The Fran Haasch Law Group and Full Throttle. Charity Special Harley Rider organizations from throughout West Central Florida will also be participating and showcasing the charities they support. Announced so far are the Defenders Motorcycle Association, LAMA Tampa Bay Chapter, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, MacDill Air Force Base Motorcycle Group, and H.O.G. Chapters from Tampa, Brandon, and New Port Richey,
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