United States World's Fairs

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Pre-1900

New York World's Fair 1853-4
New York 1853-4


Philadelphia Centennial 1876
Philadelphia 1876


Louisville Southern Exposition 1883
Louisville 1883


New Orleans Cotton Centennial 1884-5
New Orleans 1884-5


Cincinnati Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States 1888
Cincinnati 1888


Chicago World's Columbian Exposition 1893
Chicago 1893
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San Francisco Midwinter Exposition 1894
San Francisco 1894


Atlanta Cotton States Expo 1895
Atlanta 1895


Nashville Tennessee Centennial and International Exhibition 1897
Nashville 1897


Omaha World's Fair 1898
Omaha 1898


International Expos

For more World's Fairs and International Expos, both prior to the establishment of the Bureau of International Expositions in 1928 and beyond, check out the World's Fair History Quick List, including the fairs outside the United States which the United States participated in, and a few that they did not.

London 1851 - 1st Fair

Quick List of All Expos

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World's Fairs
International Expos

World's Columbian Exposition - Chicago 1893
Pan American Exposition - Buffalo 1901
Louisiana Purchase Exposition - St. Louis 1904
Panama Pacific International Exposition - San Francisco 1915
Panama California International Exposition - San Diego 1915-1916
Chicago Century of Progress Expo - Chicago 1933-1934



1950 to Today

Seattle Century 21 Exposition 1962
Seattle 1962


New York World's Fair 1964-5
New York 1964-5


San Antonio Hemisfair 1968
San Antonio 1968


Spokane Expo '74
Spokane 1974


Knoxville World's Fair 1982
Knoxville 1982
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New Orleans World's Fair 1984
New Orleans 1984




Quick Chronology to U.S. Fairs

New York 1853-4
Philadelphia 1876
Louisville 1883
New Orleans 1884
Cincinnati 1888
Chicago 1893
San Francisco 1894
Atlanta 1895
Nashville 1897
Omaha 1898
Charleston 1901-2
St. Louis 1904
Portland 1905
Jamestown 1907
Seattle 1909
San Francisco 1915
San Diego 1915-6
Philadelphia 1926
Chicago 1933-4
San Diego 1935-6
Cleveland 1936-7
Dallas 1936-7
San Francisco 1939-40
New York 1939-40
Seattle 1962
New York 1964-5
San Antonio 1968
Spokane 1974
Knoxville 1982
New Orleans 1984



Minnesota 2027 Loses Upcoming Special Expo Bidding

Minnesota Bid 2027
Minnesota 2027

On June 21, 2023, the nations of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), an international treaty organization, voted to elect Belgrade, Serbia as host of the upcoming special "recognized" expo in 2027, besting Minnesota in a four round vote. Minnesota's expo bid around the topic of Healthy People, Healthy Planet, was not a close competitor throughout the four rounds, even though they made it to the final count. Belgrade will host the three month expo on the subject of "Play for Humanity: Sport and Music for All," from May 15 to August 15, 2027.

It's hard to put this any other way, however, but the vote of the Minnesota bid was not competitive through any round. Whether this is due to the viability of the bid, which we doubt it, or some facts around smaller recognized expositions being meant more for developing nations than large nations is hard to know. Large registered expositions, held on the fifth or zero dates of a decade, are likely what the BIE members would like to see from the United States. It has been since 1984 that the USA has hosted a world expo, or world's fair, in New Orleans.

Votes of the 2027 Competition to Host (Lowest nation is dropped each round until a majority is achieved): First Round - Serbia 54, Spain 42, USA 19, Thailand 16, Argentina 8. Second Round - Serbia 69, Spain 48, USA 21, Thailand 15. Third Round - Serbia 74, Spain 53, USA 23. Fourth Round - Serbia 81, Spain 70.


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