Marking the 50th Anniversary of "the operating base near Groom Lake" (official name of the popularly known Area 51 base), several celebrations are being held this month in various locations. The construction of this sprawling aerospace complex in Nevada, the world's most well-known but misunderstood "secret base", began in the month of May of 1955.
There is a public celebration marking the Golden Anniversary of Area 51 from Friday - Sunday, May 27 -29.
On Saturday, May 28, a public gathering will be held adjacent to the eastern boundary of the base alongside Groom Lake Road and will be headed by Joerg Arnu, webmaster of Area 51 - The Dreamland Resort.
Supporters and aficionados of Area 51, including military aviation enthusiasts, are expected to celebrate outside the eastern boundary of the base with a camp-out, barbecue and live music entertainment along with various speakers. A mini-stage will be set up at the site.
According to Arnu, May 28 was selected because it coincides with the Memorial Day weekend and thus it would be easier for the public to make it to the celebrations.
Some participants will begin to arrive at the site in the late afternoon on Friday, May 27. The celebrations will continue throughout the weekend.