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Graceland readies for Elvis' birthday

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by Kristen Tallent, FOX13 News reporter

WHITEHAVEN, Tenn. (FOX13) -- Fans of the late Elvis Presley will honor his life Tuesday on what would have been his 78th birthday.

The festivities kicked off over the weekend this year's "theme" has a Hawaiian flare.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of The King's famous concert in Hawaii that aired in over 40 countries. Hawaii was also one of his favorite places to visit, which is why it's fitting that Elvis' birthday celebration in 2013 centers around one of the places he loved.

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"I don't think you can be a fan of Rock and Roll and not be a fan of Elvis," said Denis McGrath, a fan who toured Graceland on the eve of his birthday.

For those not as inspired to sing their favorite Elvis tune, there are plenty of ways to celebrate at Graceland, including a new exhibit called "Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!"

"Basically, if Elvis had kept a Hawaii scrapbook from every time he went there, this is what it would look like in 3D," said Angie Marcagese, Graceland's Director of Archives.

The exhibit took about two years to plan and showcases everything from blinged-out jumpsuits Elvis wore in Hawaii to never-before-seen video from his trips to the 50th state.

"We have movie footage of Elvis taking the boat from San Francisco to Hawaii," Marcagese said. "He wouldn't fly because his mom didn't want him to, so he took a boat over."

Fans can also get a glimpse of Elvis' movies that were filmed in Hawaii and check out pictures of The King at one of his favorite vacation spots.

The grand opening of "Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!" is Tuesday as part of the birthday celebration at Graceland, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m.

Graceland will be serving free birthday cake and coffee all day Tuesday in honor of The King's birthday.

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