Come on down to the Pocono Mountains and celebrate the birthday of one of our oldest towns Jim Thorpe on 5/16 and 5/17. Jim Thorpe is a quiet little town in Carbon County that hosts a number of fun events all year round and is also home to a number of Pocono Communities.
This event honors Jim Thorpe, a Native American, one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, and our town's namesake. The Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will be held at Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe. The celebration starts with a Native American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum, followed by the carrying of the lighted torch by the Olympian Cross Country and Track teams to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium.
After lighting the torch for the Carbon County Special Olympic Games the runners proceed on through town to Josiah White Park where they light the Olympic torch. The weekend includes free musical performances, Native American folklore, dancing and drumming, craft and food vendors, a clown for the children, and much more.