Last week, Nashville Mayor David Briley declared Aug. 5 as Dolly Parton Day.
The latest honor for Parton celebrates more than her celebrity status or her role in introducing roots-based country music and East Tennessee common sense to the masses. Per Nashville's News Channel 5, Briley lauded Parton as one of "Tennessee's greatest education and literacy advocates," referencing her foundation's services for students throughout the state and her Imagination Library which mails free books to children from birth to age 5.
"We give thanks for Dolly's unparalleled career as an entertainer and philanthropist and her ability to touch millions of lives everywhere, including so many right here in Music City, with her moving music and her generous heart," reads the proclamation.
The special honor gives Parton fans in Nashville and beyond a year to plan larger celebrations for one of popular music's true living legends.
If over 350 days seems like too long a wait to celebrate East Tennessee's loudest and proudest spokesperson, don't fret. The Grand Ole Opry will throw its own Parton party on Oct. 10-12. The series of shows, including two sold-out appearances by Parton at The Grand Ole Opry House, celebrates her 50th anniversary as a cast member.
"They call it the 'Mother Church' because the old Ryman was a church, but it's sacred to me, wherever it goes - the church of my heart," Parton says in a press release. "For me, the Opry is like the song 'New York, New York' - if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership!"