Remembering King of Pop on his birthday
August 29th, 2012
04:19 PM ET

Remembering King of Pop on his birthday

In honor of what would've been Michael Jackson's 54th birthday, the hometown of the late pop icon is throwing a four-day long celebration.

Jackson's three kids, Paris, Blanket and Prince, along with his mom Katherine and sister La Toya, have been spotted by TMZ in Gary, Indiana, for the event, which launches today.

Wednesday evening will see a candlelight ceremony outside of MJ's childhood home; his kids are expected to throw the first pitch at a RailCats game Thursday; and a red carpet reception will be held on Friday in honor of his mother.

On Saturday, fans are invited to attend a concert featuring a tribute artist and the Gratitude Project, among others, at the West Side Theatre Guild. Tickets to a matinee show cost $25, while an evening program will run fans $35 a ticket.

Jackson's memory, of course, will extend far beyond August 29. Around Thanksgiving, ABC will air Spike Lee's documentary, "BAD25," which focuses on the elements that created Jackson's seminal album, "BAD."

The classic's 25th anniversary will be honored on September 18, and Lee's doc supplies the "first ever, behind-the-scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album and tour," ABC said in a statement.

"This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson," added filmmaker Lee. "Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson's 'BAD' album. Shamon."

Filed under: Celebrities • Michael Jackson • Michael Jackson Tribute • Music

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  1. holly

    Hey Camille, two points.....will anyone remember you after you are gone? .....and you tell others to get a life, you need to get an education, he has been gone A LONG time, not along time.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. warren

    such hateful and evil people on this blog!

    August 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Donny and Marie

    are performing in vegas and you can darn sure i'm going when i 'm out there LOL

    August 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Queen is alive

    and knows who the true King is..shut up already,.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tracie

    I'm still not too sure who you are talking about. Was he one of athe Osmond Brothers or something? I've heard of DonnIe and Marie Osmond. They are good Mormons. Not too sure about this Michael guy though. Guess I should try looking him up on the Internet.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Queen

    RIP Long live the king

    August 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jojo

    ff time-

    August 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. camille

    get a life

    August 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rebie

    doesn't matter if its only 3 years he's michael jackson.
    .i'll say the same thing when he's dead 6YEARS

    August 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. camille

    move on people he has been gone along time

    August 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. teetich

    miss u mr m.jackson its 3yrs nw may ur soul rest in peace

    August 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MJ

    i love the k of p. before i head out this evening - i will be getting dressed while listening to wanna be starting something.
    that song still gets me pumped for the night that's for sure!

    August 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LaToya

    i love a good 430am breakfast!

    August 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hollywood Museum

    Did you know The Hollywood Museum celebrates Michael Jackson's birthday with a special tribute to the King of Pop, including the original outfit he wore on his Bad World Tour? Read more here:

    August 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pretty Pretty Pink Pony

    You know I'm DEAD, I'm DEAD;
    Really, really DEAD!
    You know I'm DEAD, I'm DEAD;
    You know it!

    August 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. LaToya

    i don't want anything from the King–not clawing into anything.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. MJ

    duh the king of pop!

    August 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  18. MJ

    duh the kind pop!

    August 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracie

      I love kind pops I think. Are they pop tarts with the good brown sugar and cinnamon on them? They sure are wonderful and happy to have for breakfast.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tracie

    Michael who ?

    August 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Smith

      Go n get a life u boring nature individual. How can u comment, in such manner unless u were there yourself or I get the impression that these comments resemble your own life looser!

      August 30, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  20. MJ

    miss u .

    August 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |

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