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June 25 marks the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. The beloved King of Pop has been honored at nearly every awards show from the Grammys to the BET Awards since he tragically died.

Earlier this week, Forest Lawn Cemetery in California, where MJ is buried denied fans plans to release doves, balloons and perform some of Jackson's #1 songs and popular dance moves.

A rep for Forest Lawn told TMZ that fans will be allowed into the park on June 25, but not into the mausoleum itself. They also won't be able to camp out the night before or park 24 hours before the anniversary. Street vendors are also being banned.

Still, there are lots of lively celebrations of the music of perhaps the greatest music performer of all-time, which will be going down around the country.Last week , the Apollo paid homage to the 'Thriller' singer by bestowing upon the entertainer a newly installed plaque in the Apollo Walk of Fame. His friend Chris Tucker accepted his Apollo Legends Hall of Fame honors on June 14 at the non-profit foundation's Annual Spring Benefit. The Harlem staple served as a public memorial of sorts as fans of Jackson gathered to pay their respects and celebrate his life in the days after his death one year ago.

Jackson's music business start, coincidentally, took place along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1969 when the group won the famed Apollo Amateur Night by singing Smokey Robinson's classic 'Who's Lovin' You.'

On Friday, the Apollo Theater will remember the Gary, Indiana native by having remarks made beneath the Apollo Marquee at 10 a.m. His mother, Katherine Jackson has written a letter, which will also be read that chronicles her son's relationship to the Apollo.

Just one block over, Jackson family friend Reverend Al Sharpton will hold a memorial event outside of the State Office Building in Harlem. Earlier this month, a little further uptown, the Schomburg Center in Harlem presented 'After the Dance: Conversations on Michael Jackson's Black America,' a two-day forum paying homage to the King of Pop.

June 23 kicked off Madame Tussauds's global month-long celebration of Jackson, where each of the nine wax museums around the world will create its own tribute exhibit. At the Washington D.C. location, Jackson's wax figure, which the late pop star helped to create, is positioned in the attraction's lobby and the exhibit is free to the public. He's wearing an outfit similar to his 'Bad' album cover and will be singing microphone in hand. Fans are being invited to pay their respects, take photos with his likeness and lay flowers at his feet through July 23.

Jackson, who has sold over 750 million albums, will also be the subject of several news shows on the anniversary of his death.

ABC News' '20/20' is gearing up to air a two-hour special 'Michael Jackson: Life After,' which will investigate into his death, his children, his legacy and will feature interviews with his make-up artist of thirty years, Karen Faye, as well as some of today's biggest artists who have been influenced by Jackson, including Justin Beiber and Usher.

Finally, CNN will air 'Michael Jackson: The Final Days' a documentary hosted by CNN anchor Don Lemon and featuring interviews with Tito and Jermaine Jackson. The hour-long special will bring clarity to the rumors still swirling around since Jackson's death. It will air at 8 p.m. on Friday and re-air on July 2 at 3 a.m.

'Larry King Live' will also air a tribute program of music milestone Jackson achieved during his lifetime at 9 p.m. ET.

And if that's not enough, NetInfo2U, Inc. a digital marketing company, has been named the sole distributor and marketing agency for the newly released and Officially Licensed Michael Jackson Bobblehead for both North America and the United Kingdom.

The MJ bobbleheads come with a certificate of authenticity and are available online for $29.99 at www.MJBobble.com.


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