Apollo 50th Anniversary

Apollo 50th Celebration

Join the City of Nassau Bay as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Mission! Due to the City's proximity to NASA Johnson Space Center, the City of Nassau Bay sustained rapid development during the Apollo era to house astronauts, NASA employees, contractors, and their families. We are proud to celebrate the City's contribution to human space flight in the past and into the future. 

The City of Nassau Bay and the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake are partnering for a two-day celebration  to commemorate this historic anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 lunar landing. 

For Space Center Houston traffic / lane closure related information, click here to be taken to the traffic map.

  Saturday, July 21st: Night of Celebration Cocktail Reception

Join the City of Nassau Bay and the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake for a night of celebration commemorating 50 years since the historic Apollo 11 Mission. This event will be held on Saturday, July 20th from 6:00pm to 11:11pm, at the Hilton Houston NASA Clearlake (3000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay, Texas)

Join us at the Hilton for a private cocktail reception -- break out your 60s era attire and enjoy an evening paying homage to the Apollo era. 

6:00pm: Registration & Bar Open in Atlantis Ballroom Foyer with a digital photo booth available from Oh What Fun!

6:30pm: Hors d’Oeuvres buffet open with live music by The Crossroads Refugees (playing rock music from the 60's-70's-80's)

7:30pm: Evening program, including special Apollo recognitions, remarks by a VIP Speaker on Apollo 11 Program, and announcement of Mad Men Style Costume Contest Winner.

8:00pm: Live cigar rolling demonstration, with cigars and TX Whiskey on the Harbor Patio (smoking will be allowed on Harbor Patio ONLY)

8:56pm: Lunar Landing Video from International Space Station on the Harbor Patio

Immediately Following Video: Grand Finale Fireworks Display on the Harbor Patio

11:11pm: Desserts and dancing in Atlantis Ballroom until evening conclusion at 11:11pm.

Let us know you are interested in attending or share this Facebook event with your Friends! Click here to go to the Cocktail Reception Facebook event.

Reserved Tables – $500

Includes one Reserved Table with 10 chairs, access to Hors D'Oeuvres Buffet for 10 guests, 10 drink tickets, 10 vouchers for cigars and 10 commemorative whiskey glasses (including whiskey sponsored by TX Whiskey), dessert and dancing. To reserve a table, email Melinda.Mintz@Hilton.com or call 832-864-0100 to reserve your table as a limited number of tables are available.

Individual Tickets – $40 before July 1st, $50 after July 1st until Sold Out

Individual ticket price includes one drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres buffet, a glass of TX whiskey for celebration (commemorative glass is not guaranteed), dessert and dancing. Individual ticket purchasers will be subject to open seating availability. A limited number of cigars and commemorative glasses available and individual ticket holders are not guaranteed these items. They will be distributed to reserved table guests first, and then to individual ticket holders first come first served in order of date/time purchased. Click here to purchase individual tickets (link).

 Sunday, July 21st: Apollo 11 Movie in the Park

Apollo 11 MovieThe City of Nassau Bay will host a special Movie in the Park screening of the Apollo 11 documentary. This family-friendly event includes something for everyone – food trucks, space exhibits, kid-friendly activities, face painting, complimentary moon pies, and of course, a free showing of the Apollo 11 film! 

Bring the whole family to Howard Ward Park (18300 Upper Bay Rd). Don't forget to bring your own chair or blanket. 

These FREE festivities will kick off at 8:00pm, with the film screening to start at approximately 8:30pm (depending on sunlight). 

Let us know you are interested in attending or share our Facebook event with your Friends! Click here to go to the Movie in the Park Facebook event.

 Both Days, Saturday & Sunday: Self-guided Apollo Driving Tour

Visit the City of Nassau Bay for a self-guided driving tour. Drive by the homes of the members of the historic Apollo missions. Homes will be clearly marked. Visit Nassau Bay City Hall (1800 Space Park Drive, Ste 200) or the Hilton Hotel for a tour map. You can also view the interactive map below (or click here to be taken to the map website).

  Space Center Houston Traffic Lane Closure Information

The historic Apollo lunar landing on July 20, 1969 paved the way for future space exploration. Fifty years later, Space Center Houston will be the site for a major celebration of this awesome time in history. On Saturday, July 20th, Space Center Houston is hosting Apollo 11 50th Anniversary that is slated to bring thousands of visitors to our area. 

There will be no parking available to the public on Space Center Houston property. Visitors will be shuttled in from other locations but as you can image, mobility in the area, pedestrian as well as automotive, will be impacted. While the anniversary celebration plan and adjusted traffic patterns have been developed by Space Center Houston, we want to make you aware of the possible impact to travel in the area. 

Lane Closures

  • Lane closures along NASA Rd 1 will be in effect from 8:00am until midnight.
  • The NASA Rd 1 turn lane at Point Lookout Drive into Space Center will be closed.
  • Two right-hand traffic lanes westbound on NASA Road 1 in front of Space Center will be closed for Shuttle Bus Use ONLY.
  • Texas Department of Transportation approved all traffic configurations.

We understand this may be an inconvenience due to the amount of traffic expected, so please take this information into consideration while making travel plans in the area. We also ask everyone to use caution while traveling along NASA Rd 1 on Saturday, July 20th.

Visitors to Space Center Houston are reminded to use the shuttle bus service provided and are asked not to park in local business parking lots. Business parking lots are private property and parking availability is controlled and subject to the rules of the business/property owner.

Pedestrians are reminded to use crosswalks located at the closest intersection and to avoid crossing roads where no traffic control devices are available. 

Traffic Map

Below is map showing the traffic configuration at Space Center Houston for July 20th Apollo 11 Celebration. 

Click here for the PDF version of the traffic map.

Road Map Closure