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Celebrate: Special Events in 2021

Special events will be held over the course of 2021 to engage our community, celebrate our association’s centennial, and launch into our next 100 years.

Additional events and details will be added as available, but here are some dates to save:

Founders Day – Locations TBA
January 15, 2021

We are hopeful that multiple APTA chapters will host celebrations to honor the founding of our association. APTA also will host a celebration at Keens Steakhouse in New York, where the association was founded on January 15, 1921. Attendance at Keens will be limited due to space constraints, but information on state and regional events will be provided here as it is available.

Combined Sections Meeting – Orlando, Florida
February 24-27, 2021

Friday night, February 26, in conjunction with CSM 2021, APTA will throw our biggest celebration of the year: PT is Universal, APTA’s 100th Birthday Bash at Universal Studios. Tickets will be $25 and include free transportation and a $30 food voucher. Attendance is targeted for 15,000 people. CSM attendees will get the first opportunity to purchase tickets when CSM 2021 registration opens in August or September 2020.

Centennial Gala Weekend – Washington, DC
September 9-14, 2021

Multiple events will be held in our nation’s capital in September:

  • Centennial Gala, September 10, 2021 (Friday)
    This ticketed celebration will be held at the historic Washington National Cathedral.
  • House of Delegates, September 11-12, 2021 (Saturday and Sunday)
    APTA’s annual meeting of the House of Delegates, which has been held in June in recent years, will conduct its business in September of our centennial with a shorter 2-day schedule.
  • Future of Physical Therapy Summit, September 13, 2021 (Monday)
    Details to be announced.
  • Additional programming and events to be announced.

Notes: The above September events are between the 2021 Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah (sundown of September 6 through nightfall of September 8) and Yom Kippur (sundown of September 15 through nightfall of September 16). Also, the 20th anniversary of 9/11 will occur in 2021. We plan to recognize that day and will explore options for members to participate in nearby remembrance events.