JFK IN FORT WORTH
“There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth.” – President John F. Kennedy
On the morning of November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave a planned speech at Fort Worth's Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Moved by the thousands of people who had been waiting in the rain with hopes of catching a glimpse of him, President Kennedy addressed the crowd of thousands with an unscheduled speech.
No one knew those would be his last public appearances. The tragedy later in the day cut his presidency and life short, making his Fort Worth visit an important historical event and the themes of his speeches even more poignant. His legacy to Fort Worth lives on through the JFK Tribute, located at the site of his impromptu speech.
The historic Hilton Fort Worth (formerly Hotel Texas) where President Kennedy spent his final night is adorned with historic photos of that fateful day. Snapshots include images from suite 850 where the President and first lady stayed. Prior to President Kennedy’s arrival to Fort Worth, a small group of local art collectors assembled 16 original pieces, by the likes of Picasso and Monet and staged an impressive installation inside the suite.
Trace history from Fort Worth to Dallas with our In JFK’s Footsteps itinerary.
- Ultimate Texas Getaway
- Fort Worth Road Trip!
- My Family's Holiday in Fort Worth
- Travel Partner Deals
- Convention Center Staff
- Amenities and Specifications
- Floor Plan and 3D Tour
- Submit Inquiry
- Downtown Walking Map
- Exclusive Service Providers
- Sustainability Efforts
- Submit Inquiry
- Campus Map and 3D Tour
- Room Diagrams for Event Planners
- Equestrian and Livestock Facilities
- Equestrian Center Information
- Venue Overview Brochure
- Annual Events
- In the News
- Will Rogers Staff
- Renovation Updates
- African American Heritage
- Hispanic Heritage
- Cultures Around the World
- Black Owned Businesses
- Native American History
- Thank You
- Haz tu compromiso
- Things to Do
- Whiskey, Wine and Unwind: Fort Worth, Tyler and Fredericksburg
- Willie, Waylon and Buddy: Fort Worth, Fredericksburg and Lubbock
- Buzz Thru Texas Brews Tour
- Magnolia to Magnolia: Fort Worth to Waco
- Peach Crawl: Fort Worth to Fredericksburg
- Three Magnolias Getaway: Fort Worth, Waco and Fredericksburg
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